Today morning i woke up with a unusual alarm tone. It is a reminder for my Annual Health Check up for tomorrow.
Friends as we are approaching or already around our 40s the greatest favour we can do on ourselves is getting full body check ups .The 21 st century superwoman too needs that data to declare All is well !
The greatest benefit of an annual physical is that it lays down the baseline for your health for both you and your Dr. The deviations from these will indicate the abnormalities leading to risk factors.
Ladies , along with the routine weight , blood pressure checks .. mammography and pap smears are of extreme importance . They are indicative of cellular changes which may result in malignancy . There is a proverb ‘a stich in time saves nine ‘,likewise it will save us with timely detection and treatment againt breast and other cancers .Timely detection is the only chance to fight back this dread.
The ECG, Stress test, 2D Echo record cardiac health. These tests indicate the condition of heart . The stress and unhealthy lifestyle have started showing it’s ugly impact even in younger people who are suffering with hypertension or dying of heart attacks. checking heart condition will help to avoid these life scares .
The routint blood tests which are significant are
CBC( complete blood Count)
LFT( liver function test)
RFT( Renal Function Test)
Blood Sugar ( Diebetes .. A slow killer)
Cholesterol , Triglyceride
Serum Uric Acid (to diagnose Gout)
HIV , HbsAg, RA test ( Rheumatid Arthritis )
Some may need to do Thyroid tests also . It’s observed and statistically proven that many perimenopausal women are suffering with thyroid problems.
One more most common deficiency seen today is of Vit D . The Indian fixation of whiter skins is also one of the reasons causing this . We try to keep away from sun , use Sun Blocks . Also desks jobs make it easier to be away from sun .. When the sun’s UV-B rays hit the skin, a reaction takes place that enables skin cells to manufacture vitamin D . Thus no sun … no Vit D which will cause disturbance in Calcium Absorption . we don’t have VitD fortified products , so dietary source is also not available to us. Thus eventhough India is a tropical country ,most of us are Vit D deficient .
Many hospitals and Diagnostic centers now give complete health screening packages . It is advisable to do complete health check ups every year . This will give us a true picture of our health and ring an alarm for possible health threats . It will result in intervention and precaution .
Ladies this is the phase in our life when we are not old , we can still enjoy and get everything from life provided we keep it healthy . Diabetes, cardiac issues , cancers are easily controllable /reversible if and only if detected in time . So friends pledge that you will do your health checkups every year to enjoy a long and healthy life . Consult your physician and opt for a suitable test combination and please gift yourself a sound health with annual health check ups .
Bye… i am off to fix my check up appointment.