Monday 7 August 2023

Health Screening Tests You Should Take Regularly

 (Collaborative Content) You exercise regularly, try to eat healthily, and even make time to unwind and relax during your most hectic day. That's fantastic. But are you also getting the recommended health screenings? According to a study, only about 41% of people go for frequent health screenings. Health screenings can detect diseases at their early and curable stage and often avert major health consequences. Several health tests and screenings may be performed at various ages. Some are routine, while others are dependent on family history. Here are a few you can consider taking.

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 1. Diabetes Screening

 Diabetes tests should begin at age 35 and be repeated every three years if you have no risk factors for diabetes. Diabetes occurs when your body does not produce enough insulin or utilize it as it should. As a result, too much blood sugar remains in circulation. If you have factors such as a family history of heart disease, being overweight or obese, or having high blood pressure, screening should be done sooner and more frequently.
2. Cholesterol test

 Cholesterol is a fatty molecule present in the bloodstream. The liver produces it and every organ has some of it naturally circulating. It is required for the body to function; it is utilized by every cell, aids in producing vitamin D and several hormones, and is a component of bile. Even though this substance plays a major role, having too much of it can be a problem. The higher your cholesterol, the greater your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. However, without a test, you cannot determine how high it is, so it is critical to check.
 Cholesterol screening should begin at age 45 for persons with no risk factors and at age 20 for those with conditions like kidney disease, diabetes, and heart disease.

 3. Eye screening

 A comprehensive eye checkup examines your eye health. It searches for evidence of significant eye illnesses that visible symptoms may not accompany. Ophthalmologists and optometrists at credible establishments like Sana are eye care experts who do comprehensive exams on your eye. They specialise in diagnosing and treating vision and eye diseases. Adults should get a baseline eye exam at 18, then every two years until the age of 60, unless there is a concern such as diabetes. You should have yearly eye checkups starting at the age of 61.
4. Sexually transmitted infections test (STIs)

 Because STIs are frequently asymptomatic, you can transmit them to your partner or, if pregnant, to your unborn child. Screenings for sexual health should begin as soon as you start being sexually active, if feasible. Even if you are not sexually active, discussing STIs with your doctor or health provider is crucial. This may be relatively non-invasive, and testing
 5. Frequent dental checkups

 Dental care entails frequent cleaning of your teeth and consuming a low-sugar diet to lower your chances of tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. Visit a dentist or other oral health expert at least once a year for a dental checkup and professional cleaning or as your dentist recommends. A checkup lets your dentist see whether you have any dental issues and helps you maintain good oral health. Leaving issues untreated frequently results in discomfort and makes them more difficult to cure in the future, so it is important to deal with them as soon as they arise or, if possible, prevent them entirely.

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