Essence of check-ups
How healthy are you? how often do you go for medical check-ups? Routine checkup is one of the best preventive measures that keeps your healthy; and early discovery of some acute and chronic terminal diseases. A lot of people have discovered life threatening conditions through check-ups. I just wonder why some people just find it difficult or act reluctant to do a routine check-up which would have saved their life in a twinkle of an eye”.
The important medical tests in a check-up
Here are some medical tests/check-ups that you could carryout to keep a healthy life style.
1. Blood pressure: Checking your blood pressure (pressure of circulating blood on the walls of the arteries) reduces your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Normal Blood pressure is usually less than 120/80 mmHg.
2. Blood sugar: It is the amount of glucose (sugar) present in the blood. High level of glucose is hyperglycemia while low level is hypoglycemia. When the blood glucose is not properly regulated, it results in diabetes mellitus which is characterized by hyperglycemia and other symptoms.
3. Hepatitis: Due to the health risks associated with contracting hepatitis, it is an important test for our medical checkups. This is because it is a disease that can easily be contracted through sharing of unsterilized objects such as needles, clippers, razor blade e.t.c and through unprotected sex with an infected partner.
4. Cholesterol: High levels of cholesterol in the blood can increase one’s risk of heart disease. Cholesterol levels tend to rise as one gets older. Having one’s cholesterol checked together with regular exercise can help reduce blood cholesterol.
Breast examination/mammogram: Breast examination is a medical checkup that every woman should do in an attempt to detect early breast cancer. This examination is to feel for possible lumps, distortions or swelling in the breast. Breast examination is done by the person and if lumps are detected, then a mammogram is carried out.
6. Pap smear: Due to the alarming rate of cancer in the world, every woman between ages 21 and 65 and who is sexually active is advised to get a pap test done for early detection of cervical cancer.
Ensure you run these tests and see your doctor, pharmacist or any qualified health professional.
“Prevention is better cure“
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