For every woman over 50, regular checkups and a few special tests can be one of the greatest gifts you give yourself. By visiting your doctor, you will know a great deal about your health. This happens as your doctor shall be interacting with you, looking at you, and examining specific areas of your body.Whether you are visiting a gynecologist or your family doctor for your routine check-ups it is important that you know exactly what you need — and what to expect. After childbearing age, many women stop going to a gynecologist thinking that they do not require any further advice from the doctor, but the reality is that periodic checkups from your gynecologist can lead to early detection of diseases and timely remedy.
Tests that are important for women above 50 yrs of age:
The doctors make sure a detailed personal history and family history before a general physical exam. General Physical Examination means head to toe examination which includes nose throat, lymph nodes skin, eye, ears, chest, breast, abdomen, rectum, and limbs. Make sure you get a breast exam and rectum examination. The risk of metabolic diseases, diabetes mellitus, coronary heart disease and cancer of breast and uterus are higher in women having increased waist circumference. BMI, Blood Pressure comes in the routine examination to rule out risk factors for heart disease.