If prevention is better than cure, why do we often procrastinate about going for health screening tests?
“Knowing the results from just a few important screening tests can help in the early detection of diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cancer. This in turn can lead to preventive measures or more successful treatment, which could have incalculable value in time, money and quality of life,” says Dr Deepak Patel, clinical specialist at Discovery Vitality.
Dr Patel says that time, money and quality of life are three factors we prioritise differently at various stages of our lives.
“Over the years, work, marriage, kids and personal goals place different demands on our time and resources. Maintaining good health means there’s more of us to give to the things in our lives that matter most, whatever stage of life we’re in.”
Recommended preventive health screenings for women
It is important to keep track and prioritise good healthy behaviours in order to healthy for as long as we can.
Taking preventive health measures is relevant in every decade, but the risks increase with age. From our twenties into our sixties, here is a list of recommended health screenings for women:
Help prevent heart attacks
Consuming a healthy diet can help prevent heart attacks…
Consuming a healthy and balanced diet that contains foods from all the basic food groups and are loaded with valuable nutrients will help keep you energised and in good health. Avoid junk and processed foods that contain preservatives and other additives which may be used to enhance the taste of foods or to keep their shelf life. Opt to consume fresh and natural foods and limit the use of salt and sugar too.
Get a regular workout
Aim to spend at least 30 minutes daily engaging in moderate exercises. Do physical activity or sports that you enjoy or those that are fun for you – perhaps this may be, going for a run or doing Pilates, yoga or even dancing. Avoid strenuous exercises, especially if you are unfit.
Always remember to consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise regime or making intense changes to your current one – especially if you suffer from any medical conditions and for some reason are required not to place your body or yourself under any form of stress or strain.
Check your blood pressure
Be sure to have your blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rhythm as well as cholesterol levels measured by your doctor. Many people have home kits that can measure your blood sugar and blood pressure levels but it may be worthwhile to check these readings with your doctor if you are unsure as to whether your readings are accurate or not.
He or she will advise you if any medication is required or if any lifestyle changes will need to be made. Take heed of his valuable advice and make the appropriate lifestyle changes. It will help you to lead a much more healthy and comfortable life and you will enjoy it more!