What to Ask Your Doctor at 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60

Your Thirties
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Your Thirties

Unless you’ve packed on pounds or still drink and eat like a college kid, not much changes in terms of which screenings you need at 30. However, if heart disease runs in your family, pay close attention to your blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, and other measures of cardiovascular health, says Dr. Gerald Fletcher, a spokesman for the American Heart Association.

“If your mom or dad died of a heart attack or stroke, that makes these evaluations more appropriate at an earlier age,” he says. “Blood pressure is vastly important and should be checked every six months to a year. If you’re also overweight and not exercising, get it checked more often.” Fletcher stresses that while many people think 140 over 90 is normal, your blood pressure should really be 120 over 80.

Finally, a tetanus-diphtheria booster vaccination is recommended every 10 years. By 30, there’s a good chance you’ve gone a decade or more without one, so if your doc doesn’t bring it up, remind him.  

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