A generation ago, people used to see their doctor only when they were sick. Today, preventative health care is becoming commonplace as people become more educated and empowered about their own health.
People are preemptively seeking medical advice on how to live a healthy lifestyle. They are looking to lower their risk of various conditions or diseases by maintaining a healthy diet, weight, and level of physical activity.
Doctors are also requesting that patients get regular check-ups to help stay on top of their health. They are highlighting the importance of prevention, as a means to reduce the number of patients requiring medical treatment or surgery.
Regular check-ups can help find potential health issues before they become a problem. When you see your doctor regularly, they are able to detect health conditions or diseases early. Early detection gives you the best chance for getting the right treatment quickly, avoiding any complications. By getting the correct health services, screenings, and treatment you are taking important steps toward living a longer, healthier life.
The benefits of regular check-ups include:
– Reduce your risk of getting sick
– Detect potentially life-threatening health conditions or diseases early
– Increase chances for treatment and cure
– Limit risk of complications by closely monitoring existing conditions
– Increase lifespan and improve health
– Reduce healthcare costs over time by avoiding costly medical services
– Form a good partnership with the doctor so treatment can be more efficient
– Get updated on new medical information or technologies that are available
Preventive health screening checklist for adults
Annual well-visit (annually)
– Family history
– Blood pressure
– Body mass index (BMI)
– Physical exam
– Preventive screening
Cancer screenings (as recommended)
– Breast (women)
– Cervical (women)
– Testicular and Prostate (men)
– Hearing (only if symptoms arise)
– Tetanus, Diptheria (Tdap)
– Human papillomavirus (HPV)
– Hepatitis A
– Hepatitis B
– Haemophilus Influenza Type B
Regular health check ups are a great way to discuss any niggling health concerns and head off health issues before they become serious. Rather than wait for problems to manifest themselves, a health check up will give you the time to discuss your worries and any lifestyle concerns with a doctor in a no-rush environment
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF REGULAR CHECK UPS?
Regular health check ups can identify health risks early on before they have had time to cause a problem. Both chronic and acute conditions can benefit from early diagnosis and the big one that everybody focuses on is cancer as early detection can considerably enhance a positive outcome.
Discuss positive lifestyle changes with Dr Barbara Karin Vela including giving up smoking, losing weight and taking more exercise.
Assess your family history as you could be at risk of inherited conditions – this is the time to discuss the statistics and how you can reduce your risk of developing serious diseases.
Specific health screening can be put in place if age, gender, family history and overall health suggest this may be helpful.
Medicine is constantly evolving and early prevention and detection of disease are the watchwords. Dr Barbara Karin Vela recommends that everyone aged between 40 and 74 should have a health check every five years to stay ahead of the curve and keep in touch with new developments and protocols in medicine
Having regular health check ups is empowering rather than something to be worried about.
Medical Check Ups can help find serious health issues before they become a problem. It tells you your health status and where your health is heading. They are for everyone, meant to guide you with your lifestyle, your diet and show you if you are heading towards any kind of disease, or if you already have a disease.
Both acute and chronic conditions benefit from early diagnosis.
For example, heart conditions tend to remain undiagnosed until symptoms such as, chest pain and breathlessness become apparent.
An ECG can detect electrical conductivity issues or vessel blockages early. Medication and lifestyle changes recommended as a result, can help to prevent the progression of heart disease. This could potentially prevent a future heart attack.
A medical check-up is not only useful in detecting life threatening illness, it can also help with underlying health concerns which could be effecting your day-to-day energy levels. This includes thyroid function, hormone levels, nutrient deficiencies, and blood sugar. Small fluctuations in these delicate balances can have a big impact on our everyday wellbeing.
By identifying ways in which your lifestyle is affecting your overall wellness, health screens can help you to take positive steps towards a healthier you. This could include dietary changes, an exercise regime, smoking cessation, and stress management approaches.
At the bare minimum, everyone should make an effort to keep an eye on their BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol and general vitality. Booking a medical check up can help to incentivise you to be more mindful of your health and address any bad habits.
Small changes in lifestyle can have huge long-term benefits on overall health and wellness. Knowing you are living a life that fully supports you in reaching your optimal health, can give you extra confidence and peace of mind.
Sporadic visits to a doctor are not always in-depth enough to thoroughly assess your family history. This means you could be at risk of having an inherited condition, which may manifest itself later in life. By knowing your risks, you might be able to make lifestyle changes to lessen the likelihood of developing certain hereditary diseases. Diabetes, heart failure and hypertension can run in families, but a healthy lifestyle can help to counter-compensate for some genetic disadvantages.
Medical check ups with Dr. Barbara Karin Vela can help find serious health issues before they become a problem. It tells you your health status and where your health is heading. They are for everyone, meant to guide you with your lifestyle, your diet and show you if you are heading towards any kind of disease, or if you already have a disease.
Got a specific health concern? Give yourself one less thing to worry about with some added reassurance on any concerns you may have.
Dr Barbara Karin Vela is an International Member of Royal College Of General Practitioners, UK