How often do you get a checkup?

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  1. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020

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    So I think it's been about 6 years since I last saw my GP. No major illnesses or anything which is awesome.

    Is it a good idea to have a general checkup every so often though? Thinking about it, I'd kind of like to have a couple of tests done and get an overview of my health.

    How about you guys? Also if you're in the UK, NHS or Bupa? I'm considering getting cover but I still need a referral from my GP anyway:confused:
     
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    They tell us to get a complete physical once a year, but I go about once every other year. My insurance covers the cost.
     
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  4. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Twice a year. Even if I'm young, I never know. At any rate, insurance covers it all.
     
  5. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    How old are you? Is there an illness that runs in your family? Are you over/under weight. Are you fit and active. All these have a bearing on how often you should get a check up. If you worried, then book an appointment with your GP any way.
     
  6. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    I get a physical every 12-15 months covered under insurance excpet a $35 co-pay.
     
  7. Tsuchiya thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'm 24, reasonably in shape and quite active. I mostly curious to see how I'm doing, make sure everything is in order etc.
     
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    I get a check-up every year; I work abroad a lot and require medical certs in order to be able to do so, so I usually combine an annual check-up with the requirement for a medical fitness-to-travel note.
     
  9. G51989 macrumors 68030

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    Never, I am perfect. I require no checkups.






    But actually about twice a year, just to be on the safe side.
     
  10. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    Well there are certain checks we should all do for ourselves, both men and women regularly.

    If you find anything out of the ordinary see a doctor. No need to be embaresed. Nobody should die from embarrassment.


    Here ends the party political broadcast on behalf of the testicular cancer and breast cancer party.
     
  11. G51989 macrumors 68030

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    Read the bottom part of my post :p
     
  12. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    Yes I saw that. This was for everybody else really. :)
     
  13. HarryPot macrumors 6502a

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    At 24 regular check-ups are not that necessary.

    From what I've read, one should start going at 30-35 every year to take a general checkup.
     
  14. MacNut macrumors Core

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    In your 20's every few years seems fine. When you get past 30 every year or 2.
     
  15. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    My last real checkup was in 2002 when I was 13. :eek: But I have gone to the doctor a few times. Just the other week even, and I'm going back tomorrow for a follow-up and a few tests.
     
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    I go to the Uroligist yearly, but next month will be my first physical with bloodwork in who knows how many years.

    I'm a 45 year old man. I don't drink or smoke and in the gym at least 4-5 days a week. I'm married with two young kids. They are the reason I'm going.
     
  18. Roller macrumors 68020

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    Physical examinations aren't very effective at picking up most diseases, particularly in their early stages. However, a thorough history is valuable to detect symptoms that might warrant further investigation. Screening tests are worth doing based on age, gender, family history, and other factors.
     
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  20. GeneKerbin macrumors newbie

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    Once every 10 years, or before I'm about to be deployed.
     
  21. malman89 macrumors 68000

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    Got the last one at 16 - currently 24.

    I was going to get one - actually met with a new PCP, but then I switched insurances and he isn't covered, so I haven't bothered.
     
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    It's been swept under the rug too long -- probably 2 years since my last physical.
     
  23. Ann P macrumors 68020

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    Once a year. Other than that it's only when I fall extremely ill...
     
  24. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Take a good look at your Parents & their medical history!!! Genetics IMHO play a great roll short of environmental illnesses! So I feel prevention to those Genetic or lesson of those symptoms can greatly extend your life!

    Eat right and stay in relative shape and this will help greatly. Visiting the Doctor for "checkups" about once every 6 - 12 months should be a great help to keeps things on the straight and narrow.
     
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    I never get sick but I still go once a year just to be sure nothing's wrong. I get scoped every few years as well.
     

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