Our bodies naturally go through a process of wear and tear, just like our vehicles, and similarly to how we get our car tested each year and perform routine maintenance checks it’s important we take the same approach with our bodies.
Unfortunately, we aren’t immortal and therefore the name of the game is to extend our life and remain as healthy as possible for as long as possible. In order to do this, it’s important to get regular check ups in a few key areas. Here are five recommendations:
- TEETH & GUMS
The thing with oral health is that as long as you keep on top of it, it’s actually pretty inexpensive – however, if you allow a small problem to turn into a big problem you’re likely to receive huge dental bills in addition to painful treatment that could have been prevented with proper oral hygiene. The best advice, therefore, is to visit your dentist regularly and keep on top of your oral health.
The majority of people today, particularly given the intensive use of computers, televisions, and mobile devices we all use require a little help to correct their sight; as we age the health of our eyes can start to deteriorate so it’s good to have a check-up, not just for glasses, but to confirm your overall optic health and rule out conditions such as glaucoma.
If you’re worried you might have cancer, it’s important to understand there is no benefit in burying your head in the sand – as, unfortunately, ignorance is not bliss. Quick detection is everything.
According to statistics, from cancer research, as many as 1 in 2 people will develop cancer at some point in their lives… and if they lived long enough, then almost 100% of people would develop cancer.
If you have reason to suspect anything, the best thing to do is to book an appointment and get checked out – this way if something does come back positive, at least you are in the empowered position to treat it promptly; which is likely to stop it in its tracks and lead to a much more optimistic prognosis and rate of recovery.
High or low blood pressure can lead to serious problems so it’s a good idea to know what your blood pressure level is, in order to make any necessary adjustments and keep yourself in tip top shape. Many people worry about the health risks associated to varicose veins and it can be a good idea to see a vein specialist, even if just to put your mind at rest.
Given the processed diets we often find ourselves living on, out of convenience, a lot of us suffer with high levels of cholesterol. This means the arteries start to clog up, become furry, and eventually harden to the point they restrict blood flow – this is a major cause of heart disease, and if you do have high cholesterol, it’s something that should be addressed as soon as possible.
There are many things you can do to manage high cholesterol, mostly relating to exercise and diet, but the first step is to find out where you are today; and perhaps one of the most convenient ways to do this is via a self-testing kit.
Indeed, there are a growing number of simple tests you can use at home to rest for common conditions such as diabetes.