Health Checks

Are regular health checks really so important?⠀⠀

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Yes, they are: just because you feel healthy doesn’t mean you are. Serious diseases can strike anyone at any age. Recognising diseases early increases the chances for successful treatment. ⠀⠀

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Unnoticed medical issues can be detected by regular health checks. They can also assess your risk of future medical issues and are great reminders to update your vaccinations.⠀⠀

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Recommendations for regular health checks and screenings vary by country, age and gender. So the following are just general guidelines. ⠀⠀

Skin cancer⠀⠀

  • Start checking your skin yourself regularly for changes in moles or freckles. Arrange for a check-up at your doctor if you notice any changes.
  • Checks at your doctor are recommended from age 35 every two years. ⠀⠀

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Cardio-Vascular Disease (Heart Disease) & Diabetes⠀⠀

  • If you have no personal or family history of high blood pressure, stroke or heart attack, start checking your blood pressure regularly when you’re older than 40.⠀⠀
  • Start checking your cholesterol and triglycerides and your blood sugar levels once you’re over 45 years. ⠀⠀
  • If you have a family history of increased blood cholesterol or triglycerides levels, stroke or heart attack, you should be tested every year from the age of 40. ⠀⠀

Colon cancer/bowel cancer⠀⠀

  • Testing faeces for occult (non-visible) blood is recommended from age 50 as part of colorectal cancer prevention.⠀⠀
  • In a second step, a coloscopy, also called colonoscopy, is recommended from age 55.
  • Breast cancer⠀

    • All adult women are recommend to perform a breast self-exam at least once a month.⠀
    • A mammogram is recommended for women from age 50 (every two years).⠀

    Prostate cancer

    • A prostate exam, genital and rectal exam of the lymph nodes are recommended for men from 45 years.

    Eye conditions⠀

    • The risk for glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration increases with age. ⠀
    • Therefore people older than 65 years should have an annual eye examination.⠀

    And don’t forget to regularly see your dentist, too. One annual visit is usually recommended.⠀

    Posted on June 20, 2019 by Luitgard Holzleg

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