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Question: Should everyone be getting yearly check-ups with a general practitioner?

Answer: For children under 18, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends regular well-child exams by your child’s pediatrician. For adults ages 18-30, a physical exam is recommended every two years and for ages 40+ an exam is recommended annually.

A physical exam may include abdomen, heart, height, weight, neck, vision/color, hearing (forced whisper), blood pressure, pelvic, rectal, hemoccult (stool occult blood), as well as items specific to gender.

For more information, talk with your primary care physician (or family doctor).

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Dr. Allison Steinmetz is a physician with Barton Family Medicine. Ask a Tahoe Health Professional is part of the Tahoe Daily Tribune’s Healthy Tahoe initiative. You can email questions to health@tahoedailytribune.com. From there questions are anonymously sent to our health professionals.


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