From the article:
- If you're healthy and trying to stay that way, the important tests are few and relatively low-tech: Measure your cholesterol, step on a scale, check for signs of a small number of cancers and tell your doctor if you feel depressed.
This advice may run contrary to what might be characterized as "test madness"--the tendency of doctors and patients to want to test in all sorts of ways, using dozens of parameters that purport to measure how well your internal bodily engine is running. More are proposed and touted by entrepreneurs all the time--such as exotic new genetic tests and whole-body scans. They claim they will spot disease before symptoms arise. But most have no data proving that taking the test will improve your health or lengthen your life.
Absolutely true about the "test madness". We'd like to believe that more tests and scans are better when in fact there is no evidence that is the case. This article is far different than others aimed at the high net-worth individuals which convince them that executive physicals can save lives (perhaps anecdotally, but not significantly).
Kudos to the authors and Forbes for publishing the truth and not falling into the allure of the hype. If more Americans worked on these simple common yet vitally important measures, then we as a nation would be far healthier and spend less than we do today.