You get a 15,000 mile checkup for your car, so why not do the same for your body? Having a doctor assess your vital functions with regular screenings gives two benefits – if all is well, you get peace of mind; if something is amiss, you catch it early. Because these are preventive exams, most are covered for free by insurance.

The basic tests you need regularly include blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, full blood test, colonoscopy (start at age 50), skin exam, height, weight, HIV and STD. Women, add pap test (age 21), breast exam (age 21), mammogram (age 40) and bone density. Men, add digital rectal exam.


National Library of Medicine

CDC family checkup

Wayne State University on normal screening results