A sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits and pollution can cause various health problems ranging from high blood pressure, lipid disorders, heart disease, diabetes and depression. For these health issues, early detection is the key. A periodic whole-body check-up plays a crucial role in giving an individual the complete picture of their health. Knowing the risk and possible outcome of many health issues can help you and your doctor make informed decisions.
Importance of regular health checks
Regardless of age and gender, a regular health check-up can improve your chances of living a healthy and long life. Here are some benefits of going for a health check-up:
Reduces the risk of complications in future
Being diagnosed with a long-term health condition can be frightening; however, if a health condition gets detected at an early stage, it lowers the chances of a disease progressing into a more complicated one. After seeing your medical report, a doctor can easily tell the changes undergoing in the patient’s body. For instance, finding out about your risk of getting diabetes or heart disease at an early stage can help you take the timely measures for improvement of your lifestyle.
Reverse your health conditions
If you are on the borderline of a health issue, it might be possible to reverse your illness with expert advice and the right care. For example, people having borderline diabetes or prediabetes can reverse their blood sugar values by getting tested on time and taking the required measures. Clearly, you can have control over your health if you go for regular health check-ups.
Can identify stress-related diseases
Due to work-related stress and mismanaged lifestyle, some of the ailments are triggered by higher stress levels. Such a condition can put you at higher risk of many health problems, including:
A regular health checkup help you recognize these issues before they become serious. By getting the right advice from your doctor, it becomes easier for you to manage your stress levels.
Managing chronic health issues
A lot of people in the older age group suffer from chronic health conditions such as type 1 diabetes and high blood pressure. These conditions are among the most prevalent and costly health conditions. Chronic diseases—such as stroke, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, respiratory diseases, arthritis and obesity —can lead to hospitalization, long-term disability and reduced quality of life. A health check can bring peace of mind to a person when they realize they are healthy.
Detection of blood-related diseases
A blood test is an integral part of a regular health check-up. A lot of illnesses including diabetes, illnesses, cancer, high blood pressure, anemia and HIV/AIDS, manifest inside the blood cells. Moreover, a blood test can also evaluate the conditions of your important health organs such as the liver, kidneys, heart, and thyroid.
Lower healthcare costs
Hospital care is expensive and given the cost reductions in the long run, health check-ups are an excellent way to prevent the need for costly medical treatments in the future. Apart from the cost, getting sick also means disruption from your current schedule.
Remain updated about your health
Periodic health check-ups make you aware about your current health status so that you can take better decisions regarding your health, especially when it comes to exercise and food.
A health check-up is like a health investment as from time to time you can keep track of your vital health parameters and become conscious of your health for a better quality of life.
Reviewed by: Dr. Ruhani Kanwar, Consultant Pathologist, House of Diagnostics