As we age our responsibilities, expectations and demands increase. The age between 30 to 50 years is supposed to be the most productive age for most and also the most demanding. Its paramount that we keep ourselves fit to be able to cope with the pressures of life. Most of the studies across the world indicate that the incidence of life style diseases such as Obesity, Diabetes and Hypertension has been growing at an alarming rate. Burden of these diseases has adverse effects both financially and emotionally on the individual and his family. The only cure for these is prevention.
Though you must be doing everything to keep yourself fit – be it exercising regularly, having a healthy diet, cutting down on alcohol and tobacco, etc. It’s essential to have tangible evidence to ensure that you’re healthy. Hence a preventive health check is a stepping stone to getting healthy. It also helps you understand where you stand and what are the areas that you need to improve. Most of the lifestyle diseases like Obesity, Diabetes and Hypertension are not developed overnight, most of the times these diseases have no impact on your health in short term and hence are hard to spot.
A yearly health check helps your doctor spot the risks early and recommend measures to prevent them. Making yearly health checks a family routine, helps your children to learn the importance of tracking and staying informed about one’s health.
What are the checks that are essential for you
- Blood Pressure screening – High blood pressure, often referred to as a “silent killer”can cause a heart attack, a stroke, and eye and kidney problems -without you even knowing your blood pressure is high. That’s why it’s important to get your blood pressure checked, even if you don’t think you have a problem. Read here to know about common 5 myths about hypertension
- Cholesterol screening – Heart disease is one of the top causes of death in the world One of its main risk factors is a high blood cholesterol level. A simple blood test shows your levels and risk for heart disease. As you age, your risk for heart disease increases. If you are in your 50s, it’s vitally important to continue getting screened. Here’s what you need to know about Cholesterol in Food
Depression screening – Depression is a common cause of disability in adults, although it’s often overlooked. It frequently arises with chronic illness and aging. Depression isn’t a normal part of aging, and you can get treatment. If you’re feeling sad, hopeless, or not interested in your regular activities, talk with your doctor. She can see if you’re depressed by having you fill out a questionnaire or by asking you a few simple questions.
Diabetes screening – Recent study has shown that India has the second largest number of people suffering from diabetes and most of them are undiagnosed. Uncontrolled diabetes can cause complications such as blindness, kidney disease, and the need for limb amputation. Click here to know Impact of uncontrolled diabetes.
Immunizations – Vaccinations are not only for children. As you age, you need a few extra vaccines to help you stay healthy. Recommended adult immunization schedule, by vaccine and age group
Regular tracking of your health is the most significant and simple step to leading a healthy lifestyle. Let us know, how you assess, track and stay informed your and your family’s health?
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