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Which type of DR
wmango posted:
I am due for my a check-up. which type of Dr would be best for a 54 year old ? a general Practicioner or a Dr that specializes in Internal Medicine?
Amelia_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi wmango!

You should be very proud of yourself for taking action with your health and getting a checkup!

Call your general practitioner and let them know the last time that you visited a doctor. They should be able to get you on track and if something needs to be seen, they can refer you to a specialist. After 50, you can expect health screenings and immunizations to protect you from life-threatening conditions as well as the regular basic health examinations.

Here is a great 50 Checkup Overview for you to look over and prepare yourself. These Annual Physicals and Male Tuneups overviews should cover the rest of the examinations.

Wishing you the best of health!
Sheldon Marks, MD responded:
The advantage to an internist is that they specialize in people just like you, where general practitioners also do pediatrics, OB and GYN. etc. Even more important that the specialty is the doctor him or herself. A top doctor that stays up on things will keep you healthy, happy and alive.

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