The Need for a Regular Health Checkup

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Regular health examinations, checkups, tests, etc. are necessary not just to define one’s health condition, but also to find out about the problems that already exist or may surface in the near future. Most of the health checkup packages today, cover almost all the essential tests, in order to screen lifestyle diseases and chronic infections that are generally common in that particular region where we live. A thorough checkup at regular intervals will improve our chances of living a healthy, long life. These health checkups and packages vary from person to person as these depend based on age, sex, family history, lifestyle choices, and many other essential factors.

Composition of a Regular Health Check-Up

With an overall physical examination, a standard, master health checkup in Chennai includes all the tests that help in the valuation of the functionality of your lungs, heart, digestive system, liver, kidneys, immune system, etc. There are even health packages which depending upon your age and sex include tests like cancer-specific PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) for men and gynecological tests like mammography for women.

However, most packages comprise

  • Pathology tests (blood and urine)
  • Cardiac Stress Test
  • Imaging tests (x-rays and ultrasounds)
  • Kidney
  • Liver and lung function test.

All these tests are performed under carefully controlled environments to make sure the samples produce exact and accurate results. Many reputed diagnostic labs in India offer a wide range of health checkup packages. You can choose a package as per the recommendation of your physician.

Age-wise health checks

Some people understand the importance of Health checks but then don’t know what all the tests, they have to undergo. Here are some health checks according to different stages of life that you should follow, that you might be needing at different stages of your life.
The 20s and 30s

  • BMI, waist and hip measurements</b
  • Glucose levels
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood pressure
  • Dental check and cleaning
  • Certain cancer checks
  • Testes self-checks (men)
  • Breast self-checks (women)

If you’re sexually active, make sure you take these tests:-

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) screenings
  • Pap smear for women (once every two years)

When in the 40s
The health package for this covers the same tests that were included in the 20s and 30s. Consider doing these below-mentioned tests along with them for an in-depth checkup.

  • PSA for men
  • Mammogram for women
  • Eye checks
  • Risk Assessment Test against Cardiovascular
  • Risk Assessment Test against Type 2 Diabetes

The 50s and 60s

  • Osteoporosis
  • Bowel cancer screening
  • Visual acuity
  • Hearing impairment tests

Along with these tests, consider taking all the tests that are mentioned for ages 20s, 30s and 40s.

“Health is the most precious asset, a man possesses.” Your body is the only place where you live; we should take good care of it. Don’t allow your daily routine and habits to damage your condition and expose you to chronic, non-curable diseases. Eat healthily, exercise regularly, get tested at regular intervals, and avoid habits that affect your body. Last but not least live happily.