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Importance of health check-up for women

Today, sedentary lifestyle is the leading cause of illness. Our work and hectic schedules keep us so engaged that we barely get any time to involve ourselves in physical activities. Our healthy lifestyle has come to a standstill. This is affecting us badly. Even young people are suffering from chronic health issues, mental disturbances, diabetes, and several hormonal imbalances. Our age, lifestyle, eating habits have adverse impact on our health. Changing lifestyle and adopting a healthier one is the need of the hour, especially for women.

Women are always busy running after the kids, looking after the family and simultaneously managing their personal and professional life. They care about everyone’s well being but are least bothered about their own health. In the present-day scenario, every woman should take out time for healthy habits like regular exercising, choosing the right foods and managing stress. Scheduling regular health exams and tests is also a step towards good health.

It is rightly said that “Prevention is better than Cure”. Health screening can help in finding the problems early and enhance the chances for curing them. When the disease is detected on time, complications can be prevented thereby improving the quality of life.

Health check-up can help the women understand their health needs and concerns. It will also make them more comfortable talking openly with their health care team and family, giving them the confidence to take decisions about their health.

Nobody likes to visit the doctor but becomes a paramount to consult one. Here are some health checks to consider at different life stages.

In your 20s and 30s

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol and glucose levels
  • Dental check-up and cleaning
  • Skin cancer check-ups
  • Breast self-checks
  • BMI

If sexually active:

  • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) screenings
  • Pap smear (every one year) Between 30 – 40 years

In your 40s

  • Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol and blood sugar levels
  • Diabetes Risk Assessment
  • Cardiovascular Risk Assessment
  • Mammograms
  • Eye checks for glaucoma
  • Pap smear once a year for cervical cancer screening

In your 50s and 60s

  • Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol and blood sugar levels
  • Diabetes Risk Assessment
  • Cardiovascular Risk Assessment
  • Osteoporosis Risk Assessment
  • Bowel cancer screening (also called FOBT – faecal occult blood test)
  • Visual acuity and hearing impairment tests
  • Pap smear yearly once

Every woman should be a little perturbed about her own health and should get a preventive health check-up done every 6 months. This will make you more energetic and functional every day.

In addition to preventive healthcare, one should maintain a healthy diet including lots of fruits and vegetables, low fat intake, low refined sugar, lesser salts and lots and lots of water. Try to take proper sleep and avoid stress. This will not only make you feel better but you will stay motivated throughout the day.

Ladies, it’s high time to take charge of your health! It is your greatest asset and maintaining it should be your highest priority. Find the best healthcare provider and get a preventive health check-up right now.

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