Whenever we hear about staying healthy and fit our mind never wanders towards visiting a doctor or a hospital. Although, we think about eating healthy and exercising properly but going to a doctor is associated with being sick.
What we should know is visiting our doctor for regular health screening can help us identify risk factors and take timely preventive action and taking this preventive care is an important part of staying healthy.
Preventing diseases and illnesses before they actually appear lead to healthier homes, workplaces, schools and communities so that people can live long, happy and reduce their healthcare costs.
- Preventive care such as immunizations and cancer screenings lead to better health and lower health care costs.
- Preventing diseases increase productivity at work among adults as asthma, high blood pressure, smoking and obesity reduce annual productivity.
What determines the type of tests to be taken?
Your age, current health status, family health history, and lifestyle choices such as diet, physical fitness, smoking and drinking habits determine which particular physical exams and screenings you require and this is determined by your doctor. Some general tests are height and weight measurements, haemoglobin levels, Body max Index (BMI), blood pressure and pulse readings. Sometimes a blood test to identify diabetes, cholesterol, and thyroid levels can also be made a part of the test if you are at a risk.
What are the prerequisites for a health check-up?
If you are heading for a general health check-up, you should know that there is always something beyond the regular paperwork and listed instructions.
- Do homework on your family health history. Risk of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, or cancer can be assessed when you and your doctor know about your family history. Any new conditions or diseases appearing in your close relatives should be mentioned to your doctor. Based on these, you can get specific recommendations to prevent diseases which are likely to affect you. Additional screening tests can be recommended to detect any unknown disease.
- Make sure you take all health screening tests based on age, general health, family history, and lifestyle which were recommended last time. Ask your doctor if you are due for any vaccinations, follow-up exams, or tests. Some of the tests like Pap test, prostate cancer screening, colon cancer screening, mammogram, sexually transmitted disease screening, tetanus shot, blood pressure check-up, dental check-up, eye check-up, or others tests might be advised.
- Review your health issues or any existing health problems and make an observation so that you can clearly discuss them with your doctor. Issues like changes in the body, eating habits, sleeping problems, pain, fatigue, menstrual cycle changes, depression, or anxiety should be noted and accurately informed to the doctor so that he could get provide the best guidance.
- Talk about your future health plans with your doctor. If you are planning for a lifestyle change, taking a specific treatment in future, you doctor should be able to take better decisions regarding your safety and wellness.
Did you know?
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- World Health Organization. Accessed December 24th, 2015.
- Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed December 28th, 2015.
- NIH. US National Library of Medicine. Accessed December 28th, 2015