Get a Physical
Mercy Health Tip of the Week
It’s not too early to start preparing for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon.
In addition to specific training including running, stretching and nutrition; it may be prudent to get a physical.
The term physical, as in physical examination, means different things to different people. For our purposes, it will mean a health maintenance examination.
Health maintenance examinations provide opportunities to discuss preventative care with healthcare providers. Preventative topics include:
- Screening for Specific Disease
- Other Age Appropriate Topics
The word “screening” simply means looking for disease in the absence of symptoms. We screen different people for different illnesses, depending upon risk factors. A health maintenance visit for a 25 year old woman would be substantially different from that of a 65-year-old woman.
People with certain risk factors, such as high blood pressure and overweight/obesity, should be screened for diabetes. This is typically done by checking a fasting glucose level.
All adults should be screened for high blood pressure.
Men and women should be screened for cholesterol disorders at the age of 35 and 45 respectively. Those individuals with increased risk factors should be screened earlier.
HIV screening is recommended for individuals between the ages of 15 and 65.
Women, between the ages of 21 and 65, should be screened for cervical cancer with a Pap test. Women over the age of 40 should be screened for breast cancer with a mammogram every 1-2 years.
Additionally, a health maintenance visit is an opportunity to update vaccination and get counseling regarding healthy lifestyle choices.
So, as you begin preparation for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, consider getting a health maintenance examination. Mercy Health providers are accepting patients and would be happy to partner with you and your health.
For more information, visit mercyweb.org.
* This content is not intended to replace any formal training plans directed by licensed coaches. You should always get your doctors go-ahead prior to embarking on any fitness regime. Mercy Health, Glass City Marathon and the Toledo Roadrunners Club are not offering this content to replace a monitored training plan. — Use this content as conversation starters with your doctors, nutritionists, coaches, etc.