The Importance of Regular Health Checkups

Regular checkups should be an integral part of everyone’s life. Doing so can prevent troublesome health complications later in life.

In the rapidly changing world of high cost or insufficient health care, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that Americans need to be conscious of their own health at home. With a string of health resources- most notably on the web- providing symptoms and offering home remedies as well as directions to nearby low cost or free clinics, people are looking to monitor their health as regularly as possible. The best defense is a good offense. Before you even feel the need to perform a health checkup, make sure that your lifestyle is conducive to good health and well being. A low blood pressure diet can go a long ways in preventing a number of the most common afflictions, such as heart disease (or hypertension as it is known in the world of medicine), stroke, obesity and diabetes. There are a few checkups that do need to be done on a regular basis, as they are the only way to be certain that you’re free and clear from certain diseases, risks and conditions.

Since high blood pressure is one of the number one factors leading to heart disease- one of the top three causes of death in this country- simple blood pressure tests can prove valuable. It’s easy enough to do, and if you are under 40 years old and otherwise healthy, one check every 5 years will suffice. Blood pressure tests don’t have to require an appointment either, since they are readily available in many normal pharmacies. These blood pressure cuffs will give you your systolic over diastolic pressure numbers, so it’s important that you understand what these numbers mean. For example, readings of 120 or lower for systolic and under 80 for diastolic are normal, healthy numbers for blood pressure. Conversely, a reading of 145 over 95 is a sure sign that adopting a low blood pressure diet and changing your habits is a good idea.

Skin cancer screenings are also very important, and something that many people overlook. While some people think that you have to spend lots of time in the sun unprotected and burn consistently to get skin cancer, this is not true. Small spots and moles can be early signs of Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, and should be checked by a professional as early as possible before they develop into something serious. The American Dermatology Association can be a good resource to use in order to find free cancer screening locations near you run by volunteers. You can also find ways to donate your time and money towards the cause of finding a cure. Participating in charity runs and walks can benefit both the charity and you in the form of providing a fun, social and aerobic activity.

Regular checkups of all facets of health are very important in avoiding problems later in life, and you should make yourself aware of what the periods are in which you should go get a checkup. Even if you do all of the “right things,” like maintaining a low blood pressure diet, staying out of the sun and using sunscreen and working out regularly, there is only one way to know for sure that you are one hundred percent healthy on all accounts, and that is to get tested.

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments