The Importance of Preventative Screening

   

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Staying healthy means more than just eating the right foods, exercising, and making wise lifestyle choices. Preventative screenings and regular checkups to ensure your health is in order are crucial to nipping any potential health hazards in the bud. In addition to this, going for preventative screenings and checkups could save you money in the long run – after all, catching an illness before it manifests seriously saves you money on medical bills, medication and using up your health insurance funds to manage and treat the illness.

Common Wellness Screenings:

All adults should go for a full wellness screening at least annually, or bi-annually if you are over the age of 45. These include:
  • Height and weight: This is to check your BMI (Body Mass Index) to check that you are not unhealthily over or underweight.
  • Cholesterol: High cholesterol can lead to heart disease and stroke. If your cholesterol is too high, you could be directed to change your diet and lifestyle habits, or even put onto cholesterol-lowering medication if the condition is more serious.
  • Blood pressure: High blood pressure can lead to heart disease and stroke and can also indicate other underlying conditions.
  • Glucose levels: Diabetes is a very common disease that cannot be cured, only managed. Fortunately, type-2 diabetes (which develops and is not present since birth as with type-1 diabetes) can be prevented if caught early on. Checking your glucose levels regularly helps in diagnosing early onset diabetes or a pre-disposition to diabetes.
  • Vision tests: Poor eyesight can lead to eye strain, headaches and even migraines. Furthermore, undetected and treated eye disease could lead to severe deterioration or vision loss later on. Have your eyesight tested once a year (this includes children.)
  • Dental checkups: Everyone, from the age of 3 years old, should be visiting a dentist twice a year for a checkup. Sticking to this schedule is crucial in preventing gum disease, cavities that could require expensive and painful fillings, and even tooth loss in severe cases of periodontal disease.
Important preventative screenings for women:
  • Pap smears: After the age of 21, all women should have a pap smear test every two years. Pap smears are crucial in detecting the development of cancerous or precancerous cervical cells.
  • Breast exams: From the age of 20, it is recommended that women have a clinical breast exam every three years. After the age of 40, this should be increased to annually. Women with a strong history of breast cancer in their families may be advised by their doctors to have more frequent examinations from an earlier age.
Important preventative screenings for men:
  • Prostate exam: Men should have their prostate checked every year from the age of 40, or sooner and more frequently as per their physician’s advice should they have a family history of prostate cancer.
Going for preventative screening is important in ensuring your overall health. By doing this and eating healthily and exercising regularly, you will up your chances of living a long, healthy life.

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