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Annual Physicals — Necessary?

Annual Physicals — Necessary?

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Q. Do you think an annual physical is really necessary?

Regular health checkups are important. How often you get one depends on your condition.

Let me put it to you this way: How often do you have a mechanic check your new car? How many times do you visit the garage with a car that’s cranked over 100,000 miles? If you’re over 65, get regular physical exams even when you feel great. 

You can read about the federal guidelines for physical exams at the two following web pages. These are for people over the age of 65.

The guidelines for women are here.

The guidelines for men are here.

Fred Cicetti

Fred Cicetti is a freelance writer who specializes in health. He has been writing professionally since 1963. 

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