“Prevention is better than cure” – we’ve been hearing this statement since childhood. Did you know that it applies in every walk of life? Even healthcare. Especially healthcare.
And yet, most of us visit doctors only when we notice a problem with our body or when we do not feel okay. Of course, you should visit your doctor in such situations. But, doing so, only on these occasions is a classic example of not being preventive.
So, what exactly is preventive healthcare?
As the name suggests, it is a broad group of measures that are taken to prevent adverse health conditions, rather than treating them when they occur.
Therefore, even if you are healthy and fit, you must pay a regular visit to the doctor to check the following…
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar levels
- Weight and BMI
- Cancer screening
- HIV test
Once you speak to your doctor, he/she will be able to recommend how often you need to schedule these tests. You also need to ask for updated vaccinations if necessary.
How do these tests help?
Sometimes we feel completely healthy, but it is important to know that certain lifestyle diseases may not show major symptoms. For example, high cholesterol, which is linked to various cardiovascular diseases, can only be detected by a blood test. Unless you take the specific test, you won’t know it even if you have high cholesterol levels. Along with early detection of diseases, another important area of preventive healthcare is averting chronic lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, by doing your best to stay healthy.
Here’s what you should do to exercise preventive healthcare in your life:
- Quit smoking / chewing tobacco
- Exercise for 150 minutes or more every week
- Drink no more than 2 glasses of alcohol per day (1 glass for women)
- Don’t do illegal drugs
- Ask your doctor about your ideal weight and try to maintain it
- Visit a General Physician every 6 months for a regular check-up
- Visit a Dentist at least once every year
- Ask your doctor how often you should undergo full body check-up (ideally once in 2-3 years for people who are below 30, and once every year for people above 30)
And finally, get Health Insurance!
Health problems can drain you financially and emotionally. While you have to deal with the emotional aspects of it, the financial aspect can be taken care of beforehand. By getting a good Health Insurance for your family. We cannot stress this enough. You and your loved ones deserve the best medical care and this is the best way to ensure that.