Health Maintenance Guidelines
Ages 50 to 74
Check blood pressure, weight and height to calculate body mass index (BMI) and health risks.
- Hep C: Screening for those born between 1945-1965
- HIV: Routine discussion
- Diabetes: All non-Caucasians; All Caucasians with sustained blood pressure greater than 135/80, or BMI greater than or equal to 25, or history of gestational diabetes, or family history of diabetes.
- Colorectal Cancer (Options): Colonoscopy every 10 years; Fecal Occult Blood Testing every 3 years with sigmoidoscopy every 5 years; or Annual Fecal Occult Blood testing.
- Assessment of Risk for TB: To determine risk factors
- Influenza: Yearly
- Tdap/Td: Tdap required once in a lifetime. Then, Td is required every 10 years.
- Zoster (Shingles): At age 60
- Pneumococcal Vaccine: At age 65
- Lipid Test: Every 5 years
- Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA): Current evidence does not recommend routine PSA screening for average risk men.
- Pap Test: Every 3 years from age 21. At age 30, may switch to every 5 years with HPV screening. Screening may be discontinued after age 65.
- Lipid Test: Optional
- Mammogram: Every 2 years
- Bone Density: At age 65
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Body Mass Index (BMI) is your weight in relation to your height.
How to calculate your BMI:
> Underweight: Below 18.5
> Normal: 18.6 - 24.9
> Overweight: 25.0 - 29.9
> Obesity: 30.0 and Above
BMI = (Weight (pounds) divided by Height (inches)2) x 703
Weight Management Information & Calculator (MyLifeStages.org, opens to new window)
These guidelines may vary for patients on chronic medications or for patients with personal or family health risks.
Last reviewed: January 2013