Turning thirty can be frightening and depressing. It is the age when professional athletes pass their prime and retire. It is when professional mathematicians and high-level physicists supposedly start to experience the decline of their genius. It is the end of one’s twenties, the twilight of youth, and it is rarely an event that people look forward to. But before you start to despair, get a hold of yourself. You are only thirty! You’ve still got two-thirds of your life ahead of you. You’re not old yet. Hell, you aren’t even middle-aged.
But now that you’re older, wiser, and more experienced, you can recognize the importance of health and come to terms with the fact that your body isn’t what it used to be. So it is time to start living a bit more health-consciously, and it is a good idea to head to the doctor for some routine checkups. If you do happen to have a health issue, it is much better to catch it early and get it treated before it turns into a significant problem.
Here are six health checks you should get after turning thirty:
If you are like me, your twenties were filled with pizza and beer. And while it was never an issue before, you can be sure that reckless diet will start to catch up with you in your thirties. Have your cholesterol checked out to see if you need to change your eating habits?
Your thyroid has a significant impact on your mood, weight, and sleep cycle. A routine thyroid check is highly recommended, as it can help identify and diagnose subtle changes in your body chemistry.
Get those freckles, moles, and skin tags checked out. So much time at the beach showing off that twenty-year-old bikini body you’ll never have again may have taken a toll.
This one is no fun, but it can be incredibly crucial for the early diagnosis of colon or prostate cancers.
You are thirty now! Sure, it is only a number, but it is also an excellent time to reflect on your current situation. Are you happy in your career? Is this something you want to be doing for the rest of your life? There is still time to recapture those old ambitions. Life’s too short to spend it doing something that makes you unhappy. Although it may sound corny, there is nothing more important for your health than your happiness.
There is no reason to turn your thirtieth birthday into a time of sadness. Look at it as a significant step toward becoming the happy, healthy person you want to be. Most of us spend our twenties trying to figure out who we are and what we want to do with our lives. Your thirties are a time to celebrate and act upon that hard-earned self-knowledge.