3 Important Medical Tests Women In Their 30s Should Have

 

 

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When you are a young woman in your late teens or twenties you think you are invincible. You have more important things to think about than medical screenings.

Hopefully in your twenties you will at least have an annual Pap test to screen for cervix abnormalities. Hopefully you will have screenings for any STDs once you become sexually active. You should keep any vaccines up to date.

When you enter into your thirties it’s important to keep up those screenings plus some others.

  1. Blood pressure – It’s important to have your blood pressure within acceptable limits. Normal blood pressure is usually a top (systolic) reading between 120 and 130 and a bottom reading (diastolic) of between 80 and 89. High blood pressure may lead to heart disease, stroke or kidney failure.

If your blood pressure is normal you should have it tested at least once every two years. If your reading is not within normal range you should be tested every year. You are at greater risk of having a blood pressure problem if you smoke or are overweight or have a family history of high blood pressure.

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  1. Thyroid Check – Your thyroid levels can be checked with a simple blood test. If you develop unexplained changes in weight, sleep habits, mood or cholesterol levels you should consider there may be a thyroid problem that needs to be addressed. You may have either an under active thyroid or you may have an over active thyroid. Your health care professional will tell you how often you need to have your thyroid levels monitored if there is an abnormality. He or she will determine if any treatment for the thyroid condition is needed.
  2. Cholesterol Levels – You should have a baseline for your cholesterol levels. This is a simple fasting blood test. Cholesterol can be a contributing factor for heart disease. There are two types of cholesterol. The LDL cholesterol is considered bad and this number should be kept low. The HDL cholesterol is considered good and that number should be higher. The ratio between the two is important. Your triglyceride level is also checked. This is a type fat in the body that when it combines with high LDL levels and low HDL levels can lead to the build up of fatty deposits on the artery walls. Clogged arteries can lead to heart attack or stroke.

If your cholesterol test is normal it needs to be checked every five years. If your cholesterol levels are too high you should be tested more often and follow the advise of your health care professional. You may need treatment to bring your cholesterol level within proper limits.

Taking the time to have important routine health screenings now can help prevent the onset of some health problems in the future..