Get out of your mental inertia and give health check up a priority

Health awareness and getting health check ups routinely are two different matters. At a time when our lives are inundated with health related information- beefing up our awareness of the benefits of early detection and preventive care- a majority of us are still lackluster about it.

Some give the excuses of not having enough time. Some are with the belief that the body heals itself up automatically and it's a sign of weakness to go to a doctor. There is a third type who think that it's an unnecessary expense. They don't care much unless they are diagnosed with diseases.

But this mindset poses a potential risk of undetected disease growing into a serious health problem. Some critical illnesses like cancer if not detected at the early stage will most likely cause the patient die, sooner or later.

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Preventive Health check up - it matters

Prevention is better than cure- this old proverb is always true. If any of our body parts develops some problem it must be detected and resolved at the early stage before it grows big and spirals out of our control, without us even being aware of it.

A regimen of exercise and diet is of course good for keeping fitness but if you think that your body is smart enough to prevent seeding of a major health problem of tomorrow, then you are wrong.

Benefits of periodic health check ups -

General Maintenance- even if you are keeping well, it is worth getting vaccinations and tests and visiting a dentist for dental health.

Disease Prevention- Prevents old health problems from returning. Helps avoid risks due to hereditary health issues. Keeps track of chronic conditions. Provides awareness and preparedness for age related health issues.

Financial Concerns- When the problem grows big and complicated the cost of treatment becomes high.

Up-to-date health stat- It helps to be aware of one’s BP, cholesterol and vitamin D levels to indulge in a different lifestyle if need be.

Disease Identification- Any disease or health condition that you are not aware of can be identified.

Medical Records- Regular health check ups establish medical record which can be referred by a doctor in an emergency.

Preventive check up now has the insurance coverage

Prohibitively high cost of treatments is the primary reason as to why a large number of people in America tend to avoid seeking medical services unless it is a major health issue. In the recent years, there has been an alarming rise in various chronic diseases, associated with obesity.

Patients with chronic diseases have no choice but to spend huge amount ( sometimes their whole savings ) towards physician and hospital fees owing to repeated hospitalizations. Think about cancer treatment or long-term home healthcare visits by nurse, attendants, and doctors which often forces a person spend his/her life savings.

For a solution, experts are focusing more on preventive health check up to improve health and reduce the financial burdens associated with chronic or other diseases. It makes good sense- either spend a small amount, which can be covered by insurance, towards preventive health care and stay healthy and fit, or end up spending a fortune to cure a major illness which could be avoided through preventive check up. Majority of health insurance companies are now covering preventive cares because it is becoming financially viable for many people to take preventive care coverage with much lower premium.

The tests which should be in the health check up list of the adult men and women are

  • Checking of blood pressure
  • Preventive cancer screening
  • Checking of lipid profile
  • Checking of blood sugar level
  • Getting a prostate check (for men)
  • Mammograms & breast examinations (for women)
  • Bone density screening, checking for osteoporosis
  • Checking of your weight (Body Mass Index)
  • Skin tests

How often should be the check up?

Earlier, all medical groups would suggest an annual health examination. However, the American Medical Association and some other medical groups are now advocating that medical checkups be performed differently in men and women for different age groups. As per their new observation men adults over 18 should go through health checkups once in every five years until the age 40 and then after it should be once in every one to three years. For women in the same age group the frequency should be once in three to five years.

Health tests which are advisable for young children

Checking of blood pressure, though unusual in children but can indicate some future trouble if persists. Checking of vision and hearing at an interval.Regular dental check up Checking for lead poisoning.

Your chance of living a longer and healthy life is actually improved with preventive health check up services. Your age, general health, family history, life style, stress, smoking or drinking habits are some of the factors that help doctors predict and advise what types of checkups required and how often.


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