Twenty-somethings often neglect annual checkups

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 8:17pm

Parents are generally great about making sure school ages children get the annual checkups, but when college comes, that tradition often ends, and doctors say they wish that wasn't the case.

Dr. Eric Thomas, at LSU Health Shreveport, says that the medical field has determined that people ages 18-29 need to come in at least every other year for a health screening, more often if there are risk factors like high blood pressure or a family history of illness.

A bi-annual check up is how Sha Robinson learned she has high cholesterol, and now she has changed her diet and habits to reflect that knowledge and keep her from getting sick in the future. Preventing future illness is the goal of health screenings.

Along with the traditional blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, doctors are now also screening people in their twenties for HIV, depression, obesity and smoking, working to keep people healthy in all aspects of their lives.


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