Having good health is a combination of treatment and prevention, maintaining a healthy balanced lifestyle and high quality care. However, even that alone is not a guarantee to a healthy life. Thus, it is important to regularly attend health screenings with your doctor.
Health screenings are able to detect and diagnose abnormalities and diseases. It gives both you and your doctor key insight into your body. This can be a potential life-saver if you suffer unawares from a serious chronic and possibly fatal illness. It is recommended to do one yearly or once in two years but the frequency should increase the older you are.
The early stages such as diabetes and of many diseases are undetectable without technological inspection and the expertise of medical professionals. An early detection, followed by appropriate treatment combined with suitable control of the condition can result in better outcomes, and lowers the risk of serious complications. Common diseases screened include breast cancer and cervical cancer in women, prostate cancer in men, colorectal cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, overweight and obesity. Many screenings are also tailored based on your age, medical history, family history and concerns.
The level of screening depends on the package you choose but basic ones usually include a blood, urine and stool tests while more comprehensive ones include X-rays, ultrasound, CT scans, ear and eye screening, mammography, pap smears, colonoscopy and others. In between these tests, you will usually meet with the doctor for a full consultation and physical examination.
Hence, doctors will be able to give you feedback on your eating habits, exercise routine, sleeping schedule and negative behaviors. So, that you can make the necessary adjustment to ensure a positive outcome. For example, if a high cholesterol is detected, your chances of suffering from a cardiovascular disease rises dramatically. Thus, your doctor may recommend dietary changes and an increased exercise regimen or prescribe medication. With this information you can make appropriate changes to your lifestyle that will significantly lower your risk of gaining a heart attack. Remember early detection may safe your life. So, make an appointment soon!