Many people are now putting regular health check-ups at the back of their mind because of the rising cost of healthcare and busy work schedules. The reality is that regular health check-ups can literally mean the difference between life and death. At Parkwood Green Medical, we stress the utmost importance of having your health checked on a regular basis.
With saying so, regular visits to the doctors can detect any health issues that you may not be able to notice yourself. It is essential that you have regular, medical, eye and dental check-ups if you want to live a healthy and long life. Even though you may not like going to the doctors, they have the experience and knowledge to be able to spot any health problems early on. This may be providing the necessary guidance on how to prevent the health problem from escalating, or even just simply offering practical advice on how to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
Prevention is better than cure
Regular check-ups allow doctors to spot any health issues early on. Checkups usually consist of various tests including preventative screening and physical examinations to check the patient’sâ€™ current health and potential health risks. If your doctor finds any health problems during your consultation, they can then provide you with the relevant information on treatment plans and ways that you can prevent health issues later down the track.
Some health checks include:
- Diabetes check
- Blood pressure tests
- Cholesterol level checks
- Body mass index (BMI) and obesity tests
- Pap smear tests for women
Cut healthcare costs
The large bill from visiting the doctors is simply enough to put a lot of people off from arranging a checkup. However, this should not prevent you from doing so. Checkups can even save you a significant amount of money in the long run as they act as a preventative measure to minimise the risk of potential health issues from arising in the future. This could lower the risks of surgery which we all know can be very costly. There are also, in fact, a number of ways that you can find huge savings on healthcare, such as discount coupons which let you save on doctor visits and other health expenses.
Not only should you be scheduling visits with your doctor, but also with your dentist. It is good to get into a routine by going to the dentist at least every 6 months to make sure your oral hygiene is up to scratch. Although, if you have any dental issues, you may need to have your teeth checked more regularly rather than once every 6 months
Good oral hygiene plays a crucial role in the overall health of your body. Even though brushing your teeth twice a day and especially flossing on a daily basis can be tedious, but it is certainly a great way to reduce the risk of gum disease (which leads to tooth loss) and bacteria build-up. Part of dental care also includes your diet and what you put in your mouth. If you tend to eat a lot of sugary foods, it will negatively affect the health of your teeth.
It is also important not to forget visits to the optometrist and eye doctors. Doctors are able to offer some information about eye problems but it is best to book in eye tests at an optometrist. They can check for any eye issues such as glaucoma and provide you with a prescription for glasses.