What's up, doc?: A checkup checklist for your 20s

Megan Crepeau
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So you signed up for Obamacare – now what you do with it is entirely up to you. But with your fancy-pants new health coverage, you may consider seeing a doctor.

Regular doctor’s visits are anecdotally less common for people in their 20s, who generally are healthier and less settled than people in their 30s and 40s. But that doesn’t mean you should skip the physicals: Most check-ups in your 20s will be for preventative care and lifestyle issues, according to Dr. Allison Remesz in Chicago.

"If we catch things early, it’s early detection and prevention of cardiac disease and stroke in the future – a longer life," she said.

And it’s important to establish a relationship with a doctor while you’re still healthy, said Chicago Dr. Robert Perlmuter, so that if problems pop up down the road you have a trusted expert to consult.

"It’s good to get to the doctor and just establish and find someone you like, so when you are ill you have somewhere to turn," he said.

If you haven’t been to the doctor since the pediatrician, don’t worry. But don’t delay, either. Here’s what Remesz and Perlmuter said you might expect at an annual checkup.

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