Health checks, when taken at regular intervals, can identify early symptoms of underlying health issues. Subsequently, identifying such problems early often means higher chances of effective treatment.
Even when one feels relatively healthy, it may be a good idea to visit a doctor at regular intervals. Regular health checks can:
Health checks are usually an integral part of routine medical care. Doctors often make patients undergo these checks even when they’re consulting for other health conditions. Doctors usually recommend a certain frequency of health checks depending on the patient’s current health condition.
Regular health checks also offer a chance to re-examine one’s lifestyle to see what can be improved. This might mean lifestyle changes that one can do on their own, or something that must be discussed with a doctor or healthcare professional.
Basic health checks can help one to review their health with regard to:
Frequently undergoing health checks can often help in identifying early warning signs of certain diseases before complications occur. Heart diseases, diabetes and some forms of cancer can often be detected in the early stages, leading to more effective treatment.
During a typical health check, the doctor will discuss your medical history, your family’s history of diseases and any genetic conditions, and your current lifestyle. Your diet, weight, frequency and intensity of exercise, and habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol or consumption of recreational drugs may also be discussed.
If you have factors that point to a higher risk of diseases - such as a family history of a particular condition - you may be more susceptible to that particular disease. Regular health checks can (and often do) help doctors pick up on early warning signs for many such diseases.
While we have discussed the importance of health checks, this information is only as good as our implementation of it. If we are to live healthier, “fuller” lives with our loved ones, it is of utmost importance that health checks become a routine feature of our lives. Just like exercise, good nutrition and healthy habits, scheduling health checks 1-2 times per year can help us maintain our health and well-being, and catch warning signs for possible diseases quickly.
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