2018...New Year, New YOU!

It’s January, and that likely means you are working on some New Year’s resolutions. The question is: Are you going to keep them this year? If any of your resolutions are health-related, HNL Lab Tests Direct can help.

To help you get and stay on the healthy track, check out the following recommended screening guidelines from the National Institutes of Health. 

 

Men 18-39

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

  • Every two years unless the top number is between 120 - 139 or the bottom number is between 80 - 89 mm Hg or higher. If that’s the case, have it checked every year.  If either number is higher, schedule an appointment with your provider. People with certain conditions may need to be screened more often.

CHOLESTEROL SCREENING

  • Every five years if you’re older than 34. If you have risk factors for heart disease, start having cholesterol tests at age 20. Some people may need to be screened more often.

DIABETES SCREENING

  • Every year, if you are overweight with a, have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25, or you have other risk factors.

INFECTIOUS DISEASE SCREENING

  • Depending on your lifestyle and medical history, you may need to be screened for infections such as syphilis, chlamydia, and HIV, as well as other infections.

PHYSICAL EXAM

  • Every two years. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need any immunizations.

 

Men 40-64

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

  • Every two years unless the top number is between 120 - 139 or the bottom number is between 80 - 89 mm Hg or higher. If that’s the case, have it checked every year. If either number is higher, schedule an appointment with your provider. People with certain conditions may need to be screened more often.

CHOLESTEROL SCREENING

  • Every five years.  Some people may need to be screened more often.

DIABETES SCREENING

  • Every three years if you are over 45. If you are overweight, ask your provider if you should be screened at a younger age.

COLON CANCER SCREENING

  • Every year from age 50-75. Screening could be a stool test, flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy.  You may need more frequent screening if you have risk factors for colon cancer. You may need to screened earlier than age 50 if you have a strong family history of colon cancer, have inflammatory bowel disease or polyps.

PHYSICAL EXAM

  • Every two years until age 50, and then every year. Talk to your doctor about whether you need any immunizations, an osteoporosis screening or a lung cancer screening (if you are a smoker).

PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING

  • If you are 50 or older, talk to your healthcare provider. African-American men and those with a family history of prostate problems should discuss screening starting at age 45.

  • Have a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test every year, if you choose. 

 

Men 65 and over

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

  • Once a year or more often if you have health issues.

CHOLESTEROL SCREENING

  • Every five years if your levels are normal.

COLON CANCER SCREENING

  • Every year until you are 75. Screening could be a stool test, flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy.  You may need more frequent screening if you have risk factors for colon cancer.

 DIABETES SCREENING

  • Every three years if you are in good health and are not overweight.

PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING

  • Talk to your provider about prostate cancer screening.

  • Have a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test every year, if you choose. 

PHYSICAL EXAM

  • Every year. Talk to your doctor about whether you need any immunizations, an osteoporosis screening, an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening or a lung cancer screening (if you are a smoker).

 

Women 18-39

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

  • Every two years unless the top number is between 120 - 139 or the bottom number is between 80 - 89 mm Hg or higher. If that’s the case, have it checked every year. If either number is higher, schedule an appointment with your provider. People with certain conditions may need to be screened more often.

DIABETES SCREENING

  • Every year, if you are overweight with a, have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25, or you have other risk factors.

  • Every year if your blood pressure is above 135/80.

INFECTIOUS DISEASE SCREENING

  • Depending on your lifestyle and medical history, you may need to be screened for infections such as syphilis, chlamydia, and HIV, as well as other infections.

BREAST CANCER SCREENING

  • Only needed if you have a mother or sister who was diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age or if you have risk factors for breast cancer.

CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING

  • Every three years starting at age 21. Your healthcare provider will tell you if screening can be performed less often, or needs to be performed more often.

PHYSICAL EXAM

  • Every few years. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need any immunizations or a skin cancer exam.

 

Women 40-64

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

  • Every two years unless the top number is between 120 - 139 or the bottom number is between 80 - 89 mm Hg or higher. If that’s the case, have it checked every year. If either number is higher, schedule an appointment with your provider. People with certain conditions may need to be screened more often.

CHOLESTEROL SCREENING

  • Every five years if you are older than 44. Some people may need to be screened more often.

DIABETES SCREENING

  • Every three years if you are older than 44.

  • Every year, if you are overweight with a, have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25, or you have other risk factors.

  • Every year if your blood pressure is above 135/80.

BREAST CANCER SCREENING

  • Every one to two years from age 40-75. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits.

CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING

  • Every three years. Your healthcare provider will tell you if screening can be performed less often, or needs to be performed more often.

COLON CANCER SCREENING

  • Every year from age 50-75. Screening could be a stool test, flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy.  You may need more frequent screening if you have risk factors for colon cancer. You may need to be screened earlier than age 50 if you have a strong family history of colon cancer, have inflammatory bowel disease or polyps.

PHYSICAL EXAM

  • Every few years. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need any immunizations, skin cancer exam, lung cancer screening or an osteoporosis screening.

 

Women 65 and over

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

  • Every two years unless the top number is between 120 - 139 or the bottom number is between 80 - 89 mm Hg or higher. If that’s the case, have it checked every year. If either number is higher, schedule an appointment with your provider. People with certain conditions may need to be screened more often.

CHOLESTEROL SCREENING

  • Every three to five years if your level is normal.

DIABETES SCREENING

  • Every three years if you are in good health.

  • Every year, if you are overweight with a, have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25, or you have other risk factors.

BREAST CANCER SCREENING

  • Every one to two years from age 40-75. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits.

COLON CANCER SCREENING

  • Every year from age 50-75. Screening could be a stool test, flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy.  You may need more frequent screening if you have risk factors for colon cancer.

PHYSICAL EXAM

  • Every few years. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need any immunizations, skin cancer exam, lung cancer screening or an osteoporosis screening. 

How can I get tested? 

You can order your own test right now, without consulting a healthcare provider. Simply choose a test, pay for it, and our board-certified physician will authorize you to have the test performed. After you order the test, you will receive a laboratory requisition in your email that you can bring with you to more than 50 convenient Health Network Laboratory locations where we will perform the test. 

When your results are ready, we will let you know. Your test results are secure, confidential and available to only you. You can choose if you want to share your results with anyone else, including your doctor. 

Please note, we do not accept insurance at this time.

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