Your health can be an investment that upgrades the quality of your life, or it can be a costly expenditure that can interfere with your relationships, finances, career, and overall well-being. If you don’t want the latter to happen, then you have to take a more proactive stance in maintaining good health. This means being conscious and careful in your everyday choices, from the food you eat to the habits you practice.
Aside from a healthy diet and exercise, you should make annual medical screenings a part of your lifestyle. Do not wait until you get sick before you seek medical advice. Annual examinations help you stay on top of the state of your health, make the necessary lifestyle changes to correct issues, and even maintain peace of mind.
You might get overwhelmed with all the different tests available, but here are some of the important ones you should have.
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death around the world and claims the lives of more than 370,000 people every year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Several factors can increase your chances of developing heart disease, including high blood pressure. For this reason, it is important that you monitor your blood pressure (using blood pressure sensors) and high cholesterol levels by including it in your annual health screening.
If you are forty years old or older or between eighteen to thirty-nine years old, with a family history of heart disease, then it is advisable you include a blood pressure screening. No special preparations are needed to get a blood pressure exam, but it’s advisable to avoid caffeinated beverages and smoking before the test to ensure that it doesn’t interfere with the reading. Furthermore, make sure to make a list of medications that you are taking that might affect the test, like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antidepressants, or birth control pills.
Aside from high blood pressure, having high cholesterol levels can increase your chances of developing heart disease. It is also advisable to get a cholesterol screening every year if you have been diagnosed with diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and obesity. Complete cholesterol tests are called lipid panels or lipid profiles; they are designed to measure the total amount of cholesterol in your blood.
Cholesterol tests typically involve collecting a blood sample, a procedure that takes a few minutes and is relatively painless. Your doctor may ask you to go on a fast for nine to twelve hours if you are getting a complete lipid profile. This means you cannot consume anything during the fasting period other than water. If you are only getting your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol tested, then you may be allowed to eat before the test.
Did you know that your body is exposed to thousands of toxic chemicals every day? When these pollutants accumulate in your system, they can manifest in symptoms like coughs, asthma, headaches, and fatigue. The source of these toxins may come as a shock to you. You get them from consumer products you can easily buy in the grocery store like makeup, home furnishings, and cleaning agents. In the United States, there are eighty thousand chemicals permitted to be in use, but only five hundred of those were required by the EPA to undergo toxicity testing.
Adults are not the only ones susceptible to the harmful effects of these pollutants. A groundbreaking study conducted by the Environmental Working Group revealed that two hundred toxic chemicals were identified in the umbilical cord blood of unborn babies. The total amount of toxins found in your body at any given time is called your body burden, and a body-burden test is designed to identify what chemicals you have in your system. This test is conducted by analyzing tissues and fluids from your body like blood, urine, and breast milk. The results can give you valuable insight into what you can do to detox your body and any lifestyle changes you can make to lessen your contamination and exposure.
Don’t wait until you feel any discomfort in your teeth and gums before scheduling an appointment with your dentist. You should have an oral checkup at least once a year or more frequently if you are at risk for dental problems. Issues like tooth decay, cavities, and sensitive gums are not only painful and inconvenient; they can interfere with your quality of life and negatively affect your self-esteem. Furthermore, untreated dental problems can lead to more serious health concerns. For instance, a simple tooth cavity when untreated can lead to a host of complications like an abscess, which can trigger life-threatening conditions like sepsis and other infections.
A yearly dental checkup helps you and your physician touch base on what you need to do to improve your oral hygiene and health. Regular appointments ensure that your dental records are up-to-date and accurate.
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