Recent studies in health care shows that more people cutting back on health care expenses because of worldwide recession. Experts suggest that everybody should see doctor regularly regardless of age, sex and health. Even if you are enjoying good health, visit your doctor once or twice a year for a thorough check-up and medical advice.
Seeing a doctor is something that each and every person owes themselves and the family that they love!
Prevention is better than cure
It is important to understand that many small and critical diseases and disorders can be prevented or controlled if they’re identified early. Not only do regular visits to your doctor help ensure an early diagnosis, but you can also get an up-to-date prescription.
Stress related health disorders
Nearly half of the health disorders we are facing today are somehow connected to our stress. Because of the increasing hypertension symptoms many of us instead of visiting to the doctor for cold, flu or constant stomach ache are now dealing with these illnesses through some form of home remedies.
Through home remedies one can deal these health issues for the time being but the real cause of these problems remain unaddressed and resulted in a complicated disease in future.
Blood Tests,Importance of a Regular check
Every second person around us is a patient of diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol. Without regular Blood tests it is very difficult to deal with them in timely manner before they become life threatening for you. It very necessary that we should be aware of what is High cholesterol level? How to reduce cholesterol? What are low cholesterol foods? and general knowledge about Cholesterol Levels. Similarly Diabetes causes so many complications in our body.
How many of us actually know about diabetes? Diabetes symptoms and causes of diabetes etc. By doing annual medical checkups and examination you should stay abreast of the state of your health.
Many people may not realize that their blood pressure has started to rise steadily or that they have proteins or sugar in their urine before their reports tells them the same. Even sinus infections, strep throat and other bacterial or viral illnesses can easily be overlooked when dealing with them at home. But sometimes infections that you felt were something minor turns into a major bacterial infection.
Sometimes proper medication is required in order to avoid serious complication. Therefore seeing your doctor regularly is the most important in order to save us from critical illness
Spend little to save Big
Financial hardship bound many of us to forego annual medical checkup but we should understand that having a mammogram and follow up visit is much less costly than paying tons of money for the treatments of breast cancer.
In short spending little money now can save some big money (not to mention pains and heartache) in the future. Hence visiting your doctor regularly is always a smart choice.
Why should you see a doctor regularly?
Because investing the time in your physical body is the most precious gift that you can ever give to yourself. Knowing that you are healthy is also a great way to boost energy and make you feel as though you have something worth living for. When you receive clean bill of health it feels absolutely life changing and breathes new life into each and every day.
If ever a doctor was to find an illness or condition you definitely want to hear them say that they caught it early which greatly increases your chance of survival. Early detection for things like cancer can mean the difference between life and death.
Check Ups recommended for every Male
Men have always seemed reluctant to pay a visit to the doctor, however getting a regular physical exam, or check up, is a sure way to prevent health problems before they develop into serious health issues.
Physicians integrate the information you provide from your symptoms, past health problems, physical examination and testing to detect disease or a risk of disease. If you feel well and have a normal exam, it’s likely you are healthy. Unfortunately, many conditions can escape detection even with the best medical care. Which exams and screenings you need depends on your age, health and family history, and lifestyle choices such as what you eat, how active you are, and whether you smoke.
Before your examination your doctor may advise you not to eat anything solid for about 24 hours so that certain tests can be performed. The tests will include x-rays of certain areas in your body, urinalysis, stool sample, blood sample and a lot more. During the tests, the doctor may ask you some questions.
If you have any concerns or are experiencing something out of the ordinary, you can tell your doctor so that certain tests can be conducted. Certain medical medicines may be prescribed if you have any ailments.
It is recommended that your blood pressure should be checked during every visit to your doctor. Checking it at by yourself yearly will set a baseline.
Hypertension is the term used to describe high blood pressure. If you have heart or kidney problems, or if you had a stroke, your doctor may want your blood pressure to be even lower than that of people who do not have these conditions. You are more likely to be told your blood pressure is too high as you get older. This is because your blood vessels become stiffer as you age. When that happens, your blood pressure goes up.
High blood pressure increases your chance of having a stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, and early death.
Cholesterol Level Test
With today’s diet and lifestyle your regular doctor check up should include a cholesterol level test. If your cholesterol is found to be high there are steps you can take to improve their cholesterol levels, and help prevent heart disease and heart attack.
The medical term for high blood cholesterol and triglycerides is lipid disorder. Such a disorder occurs when you have too many fatty substances in your blood. These substances include cholesterol and triglycerides.
Starting at age 50, males should have a digital exam of their prostate. The physician uses a gloved finger in the rectum to
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determine if there is any enlargement of the prostate. Enlargement could indicate benign enlargement or even cancer.
Prostate specific antigen (PSA) is a blood test that can be helpful in detecting prostate cancer. There is some controversy, however, about the value of the PSA test and whether is should be done routinely for men over a certain age.
Ask your health care provider whether he/she recommends a PSA in your specific situation.
Colon and Rectum Exam
Colorectal cancer almost always develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps, so that they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best.
A Fecal Occult Blood Test should also be done yearly as blood in the stool can be an early indication of colorectal cancer.
In addition if you are under 40, your doctor will give you a testicular exam. He may also probably ask you to turn your head and cough while he holds onto your testicals to check if you have a hernia.
Overweight or Obesity
The best way to learn if you are overweight or obese is to find your body mass index (BMI). You can find your BMI by entering your height and weight into a BMI calculator. A BMI between 18.5 and 25 indicates a normal weight. Persons with a BMI of 30 or higher may be obese.
You should also try to maintain your weight at a comfortable, healthy level and do regular physical activity .
Eye Check Up
It is important for men to have eye exams on a regular basis to check for certain problems,it is important to note that this does not take long.
Regular eye exams are critical for detecting conditions such as: Glaucoma, Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Cataracts, and Diabetic retinopathy. When you attend your eye test, take your glasses and/or contact lenses, if you use them, and sunglasses for the trip home as your pupils may be dilated.
A dental examination, also called an intraoral examination, includes an inspection of your teeth and surrounding tissues of the oral cavity including; all surfaces of the tongue, the salivary glands and ducts, and the lymph nodes of the neck.
Regular dental examinations (ideally every 6 months) are very important and help you to maintain a healthy mouth. The process allows the dentist to check for early signs of dental problems, such as decay or gum diseases like periodontal disease. A complete dental exam should also consist of a complete series of x-rays.
Recommended Male Health Check Ups by Age: 20 years and below:
Full dental check up every 6 months.
- Eye examination every 2 years. Yearly if you currently have eyesight problems.
- Blood pressure should be checked every 2 1⁄2 years (once a year 20 and older).
- Complete physical examination including; quantitative blood check, urine test, cholesterol and stool test.
20 to 50 Years of Age:
- Dental examination every 6 months or as recommended by your dentist.
- Eye check up every 2 years – Yearly if you currently have eyesight problems.
- Do a regular complete physical examination every 3 years or as recommended by your doctor.
- Blood pressure check every 2 1⁄2 years or once a year if you are at a risk of high blood pressure problems.
- Have a cholesterol check and repeat the test every 3 years or as recommended by your healthcare provider.
- Have a colon and rectal exam once a year after you reach the age of 40, (Those at risk of colon conditions should have an occult blood test yearly or go for sigmoidoscopy every 3 to 5 years. If at risk of prostate cancer you should have the screening every year after 45 years).
Males Aged 50 and Older:
- Blood pressure should be checked yearly.
- Dental check every 6 months or as recommended by your dentist.
- Have a cholesterol blood test every 3 to 5 years if it is normal or as recommended by your doctor.
- A check up of the colon should be performed every 3 to 5 years as well as a check for prostate specific antigen once a year.
- Have a regular physical examination every 1 to 2 years up to the age of 65. If you have diabetes or hypertension or are at risk of either, you should have the regular eye check at least every year.
Take Charge of your Health,do not wait till illness strikes.Your Health is absolutely your Wealth!
By: Dr Joseph Gyanteh