As we get older, the visits to the doctor reduces. Between work and other responsibilities, it is like we do not even have enough time to make regular check-ups a thing. So we never go to the hospital until we are seriously sick. But that shouldn’t be the case. In order to be able to work efficiently and enjoy the good times, we must take very good care of our bodies.
Regular health checks are important for the following reasons.
IMPORTANCE OF REGULAR HEALTH CHECKS
It puts your mind at ease.
Most of the time, there’s nothing wrong with us. But we spend too much time stressing over what could be wrong with our health and that isn’t good for your mental health.
Most people make things worse by reading signs and symptoms on the internet or asking their friends and these things just freak you out.
Why not put your mind at ease by seeing the doctor. Once you go for the medical check-ups you will know for sure if there is the need to worry or not.
Most people will rather stop by the pharmacy after researching their symptoms on the internet. This is a very bad habit. Once you find out you aren’t feeling well, just go and see the doctor for proper diagnosis and prescription of the right medications. A lot of diseases have similar symptoms, so you can’t assume because you have fever and your temperature is high, it is malaria.
Lowers healthcare costs.
When you go for regular check-ups, it lowers the overall cost of healthcare. This is because you don’t wait to be seriously sick to require serious treatments. Serious treatments means more expenses. So regular health screening will reduce the cost of healthcare in the long run.
Early detection of diseases.
This is the best reason why you need regular health check-ups. Most diseases could have been prevented or treated earlier if only we had visited the hospital early. Don’t wait to be seriously sick before you visit the doctor. It might be too late to be healed.
Regular health check-ups are very important because, just paracetamol might not be what you need for the pains and body weakness. It might be something else.
And there are also diseases that have no symptoms. Example of such disease is osteoporosis. Osteoprosis is when your bones become weak and brittle. You can’t feel your bones getting weak, it is a silent disease. So if you are someone who waits till you are very sick before you get health screenings, you wouldn’t know until your bone fractures or you sneeze and break a bone. But health check-ups can help in the early detection of such diseases. If you don’t get check-ups , you wouldn’t know until your bone is fractured.
The good news is, diseases like this can be prevented or detected earlier if you get checked often.
WHAT IS DEXA SCAN AND WHY DO YOU NEED ONE?
To know how strong your bones are, you can go for a dexa scan. A dexa scan measures your bone density to see how strong your bones are. It also measures lean muscles, fat and water percentage in your body.
With dexa scan, all you have to do is lie down on your back on an x-ray table so your body can be scanned. It doesn’t take much time, like 5 to 7 minutes depending on the part of your body being scanned. It is quick and painless and it measures how strong your bones are.
You don’t have to take off your clothes for a dexa scan unless you have something metallic on that can interfere with the scan. Like a ring, zip, belt buckle,etc.
Just this 5 minute scan can let you know your risk of developing a fracture and also if there are dangerous fat deposits around your organs. With early diagnosis, you can get started with treatments and eating right before it’s too late.
For more information about dexa scans and how they work, please visit www.dexascan.com/how-it-works.
Regular health checks is something we put off so much but if you want to live a healthy and longer life, then make sure you make it a priority.
*this is a collaborative article