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Old Yesterday, 02:26 PM
 
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Half the advice here is terrible. OP - you're presumably an adult. Make an adult decision.
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Old Yesterday, 03:04 PM
 
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Best bet: avoid doctors. Unless you break something. My husband, he is 70, never goes to doctors as well. He is very healthy. We take our blood pressure at home, his is always great, mine needs improvement. He avoids salt like the plague. Probably why his readings are so low. Just buy a blood pressure monitor to use at home if you want to check yours. Or go to most any drugstore, you can check it for free if they have it there.

All of those "preventative tests" doctors want to do to everyone turns you into a life long patient. You can take care of yourself just fine.
I'm sure that happens.

But people have a mind of their own and should make use of it. Doctors can say whatever they want. In the end, people have the freedom to do whatever they wish.
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Old Yesterday, 03:13 PM
 
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if you go the doctor be prepared for a laundry list of testing and the fact that the doctor will 100% find something "wrong" with you.

That's what annual checkups do. They are to bring people into the medical industry for profit. Via more testing, prescription drugs or surgery. And followup after followup after followup visit.

Be prepared for that.
My last several physicals only confirmed that my blood pressure still requires treatment. A couple of years ago, the doctor told me I could quit taking the gout meds, as my blood chemistry was back to normal. The only followups have been the following year's physical. Last year, the doctor recommended I take the shingles vaccine, since I had chickenpox as an infant.

My Dad lived far longer than he expected because he went to the doctor regularly, and listened. He lived longer than any of his siblings by a bunch. They didn't go to the doctor, and died of treatable issues.

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Best bet: avoid doctors. Unless you break something. My husband, he is 70, never goes to doctors as well. He is very healthy. We take our blood pressure at home, his is always great, mine needs improvement. He avoids salt like the plague. Probably why his readings are so low. Just buy a blood pressure monitor to use at home if you want to check yours. Or go to most any drugstore, you can check it for free if they have it there.

All of those "preventative tests" doctors want to do to everyone turns you into a life long patient. You can take care of yourself just fine.
The doctor can tell you that the mole on your arm is a melanoma, or that the lump is a cancer, etc. None of that can be treated at home.
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Old Yesterday, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I would get a general physical, but I'd be skeptical about too many medicines. You know your body. If you feel well and have gotten to that point on your own, I'd keep doing that with occasional check-ups until something changes.
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Old Yesterday, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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My last several physicals only confirmed that my blood pressure still requires treatment. A couple of years ago, the doctor told me I could quit taking the gout meds, as my blood chemistry was back to normal. The only followups have been the following year's physical. Last year, the doctor recommended I take the shingles vaccine, since I had chickenpox as an infant.

My Dad lived far longer than he expected because he went to the doctor regularly, and listened. He lived longer than any of his siblings by a bunch. They didn't go to the doctor, and died of treatable issues.



The doctor can tell you that the mole on your arm is a melanoma, or that the lump is a cancer, etc. None of that can be treated at home.
We all have our stories, my dad lived to 95 and could be because he avoided docs a LOT. A Blood Pressure med all of the time I knew him and not much else...some tylenol in his last months...

Americans are put into fear modes with all the drug ads on TV...

I like "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

And OP, good to look at your family genes. My parents both lived into 90's and hardly any docs
and I consider all this in my own longevity. And good health and I did start to take supplements in mid 50's...


There are plenty of Americans who run to doctors for everything and many who avoid them as much as possible....

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Old Yesterday, 03:54 PM
 
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Some can "get away" with not going to the doctor their first forty years. But not all.

However that may be, the process of aging brings disease -- many cancers fall into this category.

For example, the current recommendation is that men should be screened for prostate cancer beginning about age 50 -- and earlier if one has a family history of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is curable -- if and only if -- it is caught earlier, before it metastasizes. Most importantly, it is a silent disease, and there are no physical symptoms that one has prostate cancer until after it has metastasized.

It is estimate that 31,260 men will die from prostate cancer this year: https://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/...cer/statistics

Don't play the "do I feel lucky?" tough guy game. What you don't know can kill you. Be smart and get regular check ups.

EDIT: there are always stories of men and woman who live long lives but hardly ever went to the doctor. Are you one of them? No. That they lived a long time and were fortunate to do so wasn't clear except in hindsight. You are yourself, with a different genetic makeup, different family history, and different personal history. Look around you and you will see some people who died earlier and didn't have what we consider a long life. Maybe you are one of them? We don't know -- so go to the doctor for regular checkups.
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Old Yesterday, 04:06 PM
 
Location: planet earth
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OP: Mortality rates of hospitals are super high (a leading cause of death).

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Continue with your healthy lifestyle and avoid doctors and hospitals at all costs.

P.S. Mainstream opinions are drone-like, group-think - don't let people spreading negativity influence your HEALTH.
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Old Yesterday, 04:32 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Another consideration for visiting a doctor to check that your health is good, and having a GP kind of "on retainer", if you will, is that in the event you become ill or for some reason, and need medical attention, it can be very difficult to see a doctor timely if you don't already have one.

Sure, you can go to the ER or an Urgent Care Center in the event of an illness that needs medical attention, but we all know the expenses involved with ER visits, and you may need more care and followup than can be provided at an urgent care center. Trying to get in to see a doctor as a new patient even when you're ill generally involves a wait that might be as long as several months. They don't give new patients any priority on their schedules. And some specialists won't even see new patients unless they have a referral from a primary care provide.

It's much easier to see a doctor when you really need one if you already have a doctor. If you're healthy and have no health issues it's likely you won't need to see the doctor often, maybe annually or even less than that. But you'd be able to see the doctor and get the help you need in the event you need to.
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Old Yesterday, 04:41 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Neither has my husband until age 50 something.
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Old Yesterday, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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Thank you for the tips. I might have a look into that even though I would feel a bit ridiculous for going into a doctor's office without a specific complaint.
Why would you feel ridiculous? People get annual physicals all the time. What's ridiculous is somehow letting embarrassment(?) affect your health.

Sorry to say, but you're not exactly a spring chicken any more and you need to get some good baseline measures. Not to say you don't have some good habits with exercise, etc. but in spite of that you can have health issues that have no symptoms for you to notice (e.g., high blood pressure or high cholesterol just to name a couple).
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