Saturday May 23, 2015

Time for a Checkup

Q: As I get older, my annual physical is becoming more and more important in helping me make sure I stay healthy and fit. Are there any questions I should be asking my doctor based on my GenoType?

A: You're right — your annual checkup is just the occasion to talk to your doctor about any potential health problems you might encounter in the coming years. Now that you're more aware of what you are genetically predisposed to, there are some areas that you and your doctor might want to focus on during your visit.

  • Hunter- Because Hunters, especially men, tend to have a high rate of reproductive cancers, men should be sure to have a screening for prostate cancer, and women should be sure not to skip regular Pap smears.

  • Gatherer- Gatherers can easily develop disturbances of carbohydrate regulation and are therefore at higher risk of developing diabetes than the general population. The risk is heightened if you are overweight. Talk to your doctor about your blood glucose levels to make sure they're normal.

  • Teacher- This advice is for the women Teachers out there, who have to be on the lookout for breast cancer later in life. If you are over 35, be sure that you (and the other women in your family) are getting a mammogram every year. You can never be too cautious!

  • Explorer- Anemia is a common and easily averted problem for Explorers. Have your doctor check your iron levels while he or she is doing all your other blood work. If your levels are low, be sure to adjust your diet accordingly.

  • Warrior- A big concern for the Warrior is that ticker of yours. Be sure to keep your blood pressure under control, and talk to your doctor about all the things you can do to keep your heart healthy and prevent cardiovascular disease.

  • Nomad- As Nomads get older, they need to look out for neuromuscular diseases. Make sure your doctor has screened you for conditions like Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, and multiple sclerosis.

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