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What is preventive health checkup?

Preventive health checkups are medical tests and examinations which are conducted to check the general health and vitals of a person. These checkups also help to diagnose any problems or health issues which might not be producing symptoms but can potentially affect the health of a person.

Generally, people tend to visit the doctor only when they experience troubling symptoms, are ill or need immediate medical attention. However, times have advanced today and awareness about one’s health has taken priority over other things. With the world becoming more vulnerable to health issues, it is very critical that people become even more aware of their health and take preventive steps to keep problems at bay. 

Preventive methods such as healthy diet, maintaining healthy weight, regular exercising, active lifestyle, etc. are very essential but it is also very important to get yourself screened medically at regular intervals to prevent any problems that may arise due to negligence, as well as cure problems that may have intensified due to lapse of time. Hence, it is critical to get regular preventive health check-ups done to be aware of the state-of-well being of the body and to detect health problems at an early stage, making treatment easier and more effective. In case of fatal health problems, regular preventive check-ups help to improve chances of survival and ensure effective recovery. Moreover, there are certain diseases whose progression can be detected only with the help of regular health screenings. 

Benefits of Preventive Health Checkups

It is without a doubt that regular health check-up is as important as regular health screenings. One should get preventive health check-ups done from time-to-time, because of the below reasons.

Reduced medical expenses: While, it is widely believed that regular health check-ups increase the overall burden on the wallet, the case is not quite so. Preventive regular check-ups help to lower healthcare costs in the long run. Regular health check-up packages are available for cheaper than those check-ups performed when needed. Also, regular screenings help to identify critical problems such as cancer early on stage, which helps in effective treatment since it is at an early stage. Also, the treatment course is shorter, less intense which automatically reduces the cost of the overall treatment comparatively. It also increases the chances of a person’s survival and full recoveryIn many cases, regular health checkups help to avoid surgeries and other serious medical expenditure.

The minimised danger of active problems: Patients suffering from health problems such as blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. benefit greatly from regular medical screenings. These check-ups help to closely monitor the health statistics and take preventive action, immediately in case of discrepancies. Regular monitoring of these problems helps to reduce the risk of stroke, heart problem, kidney failure, etc. Schedule checkups tend to also help take corrective measure to ensure stronger health conditions.

Improve general health: Preventive check-ups act as scheduled report cards that provide information on the body’s condition and performance. This helps to stay alert and avoid triggers of health problems. Moreover, reports also help to attain ideal body results provided preventive measures are adopted.These checkups also act as a motivating factor formaintaining a healthy diet, body weight and exercise regime.

Assess stress-related issues: Today, everyone is leading a very stressful life, leaving hardly any room for relaxation. This, in turn, creates a lot of problems for the body and causes a lot of health issues. These can be avoided provided preventive health check-ups are taken which help to keep vitals and necessary health indicators in check. Blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, gastrointestinal problems, etc. need to be consistently checked to avoid any serious complications further.

Reduce chances of falling sick: Prevention is always better than cure and no matter if there are any existing health issues or not, it is still always a good idea to get yourself screened regularly for any health problems. Regular medical screenings help to minimize one’s chances of falling sick by providing fact checks and also promoting modifications to avoid intensification of the problem. 

While the frequency and type of regular health checkups depend on person-to-person, it is dependent on a lot of factors such as:

  • Age
  • Family history
  • Medical history
  • Current health problems
  • Existing health condition
  • Surrounding environment
  • Lifestyle choices (smoking, alcohol, diet, etc.)
  • Physical activity

General Preventive Health checkups

Some of the health checkups that must be considered to stay abreast of one’s health include:

Yearly checkups

  • Nose
  • Skin
  • Body
  • Neural

6-monthly checkups

  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Physical exam
  • Blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular
  • Dental
  • Respiratory
  • Bone strength and mineral 
  • Circulatory
  • Genito-urinary
  • Lymph nodes
  • Abdomen

Four-monthly checkups

  • Cholesterol
  • Vitamins and calcium
  • Thyroid
  • Eyes, Ears and Throat
  • Digestive

Further, it is also important to get screened for cancer since the diagnosis of the disease plays a very important role in curing cancer. Some regular cancer screenings that one must get are:

  • Colorectal
  • Skin
  • Breast
  • Cervical
  • Testicular
  • Prostate

Additionally, a part of regular health checkups also includes getting some important immunisations such as below:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine (DTaP)
  • Influenza
  • Pneumococcal
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis A 
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • MMR
  • Meningococcal
  • Chickenpox
  • Hib 
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)

Preventive health checkups go a long way in minimising the risk of health problems and monitoring existing conditions. Given the lifestyle and eating habits today the number of health issues has only risen. Hence, it is critical that one gets preventive health screenings to live healthy and strong.

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