Miscellaneous

Essential Screening Tests Every Woman Needs (III)

Dr. Ch. Darisüren & N. Erdenebileg

1(Continued from Edition #9, final part)

Other screening tests for women
Depending on your personal or family medical history, you may need other screening tests not listed here. Not all women will need all of the following tests.

Thyroid test
Women are at higher risk for most types of thyroid disease, probably because of hormonal factors. Many women begin to experience thyroid problems in the 40s and 50s. A simple blood test to measure the levels of TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) and T4 (thyroxine) is done to assess thyroid function. Thyroid test is recommended every three to five years after the age of 35.

Dental Exam
You should go to the dentist every year for an exam and cleaning.
Hearing Test
Schedule a hearing test if you have trouble hearing what people are saying, hear ringing in your ears, feel a plugged sensation, or have a family history of hearing loss.

Screening for metabolic syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is a group of symptoms that put you at increased risk for both diabetes and heart disease. A woman is considered to have metabolic syndrome if three of the following five risk factors are present:
•    Waist circumference for the woman greater than 35 inches
•    Low HDL “good” cholesterol (below 50 mg/dL)
•    Elevated triglycerides (greater than 150 mg/dL)
•    Blood pressure higher than 130/85
•    Fasting glucose above 100 mg/dL

If three or more of these apply, ask your doctor for an additional screening test called the C-reactive protein (CRP), which many experts think is the best way to monitor heart health risks. CRP is a blood test that measures an inflammatory marker for plaque buildup in arteries.
Screening for metabolic syndrome is recommended every three to five years, along with cholesterol and diabetes screening.
Have screening tests and stay healthy!

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