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8 reasons why you should opt for prompt health check-ups without any delay

ByZarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi
Apr 24, 2024 02:56 PM IST

Want to stay in the pink of health? Know about these preventive health check-ups based on the age group and 8 reasons why you should go for it without any delay

Preventive health checkups allow timely detection of various diseases and conditions, leading to prompt treatment outcomes and quick recovery hence, it is crucial to understand the tests and screening you should do to stay in the pink of health. A large number of people in the age group 20-65, fail to take care of themselves due to erratic schedules, long working hours, sedentary lifestyles and juggling between household and professional life.

8 reasons why you should opt for prompt health check-ups without any delay (Image by Freepik)
8 reasons why you should opt for prompt health check-ups without any delay (Image by Freepik)

In such cases, people tend to suffer from chronic heart diseases, mental health issues, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney, liver and thyroid problems, and hormonal imbalances. In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Rajesh Bendre, National Technical Head and Chief Pathologist at Apollo Diagnostics, shared, “Opting for timely diagnosis and screening can help to detect any disease early so that one can get appropriate treatment. So, preventive health check-ups will help in quick response to diseases at an early stage by allowing successful treatment. How often one needs medical assistance and check-ups will be based on one’s age, family history, and other lifestyle choices.”

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He revealed, “On consulting the doctor at the right time it is possible to catch changes in the patient’s body and detect health conditions without any further difficulties. By accessing the correct health services, screenings, and treatment, one should take that vital step in protecting his/her health. Remember that one having a family history of various diseases will also require preventive health check-ups to know his/her health status. Even those who are healthy should undergo preventive health check-ups to improve longevity and quality of life further.”

He highlighted the preventive health check-ups based on the age group:

  • Infants and Children aged 0-10 years will require auscultation which is a method to listen to the sounds of the heart, lungs, arteries, and abdomen of the baby followed by palpation, newborn jaundice and eye test.
  • Adolescents aged (11-19 years) need to be monitored for obesity, diabetes, anemia, hepatitis b, tuberculosis and high cholesterol and seek timely intervention.
  • Adults aged 20- 40 years will have to monitor their blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol levels from time to time as suggested by the doctor. Other vitals tests and screening include Liquid Profile, Pelvic exam and pap smear (women), Hepatitis C, Testicular Examination (men), Eye Examination, Dental exam, Skin self-exam for skin cancer, cardiac screening, thyroid tests, complete blood count (CBC), lipid profile test, breast self-examination and mammograms for women, vitamin D and B12 tests, colonoscopy for colon cancer and HPV screening for cervical cancer.
  • Those above 40 will need cholesterol, cardiac, heart, cancer, infectious disease, and osteoporosis screening along with bone mineral density tests (women). It will be imperative for this age group to take charge of their health and schedule regular visits to the doctor.
  • For adults above 60, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer screening, hearing tests, vision tests, Aneurysms, and Immunizations are recommended to stay healthy and hearty and avoid any health problems. Furthermore, one will have to know his/her family history and opt for preventive check-ups accordingly. Preventive health check-ups can be done annually, 6-monthly, or as recommended by the expert.

Dr Rajesh Bendre asserted, “By aggressively participating in preventive health check-ups, people can take hands-on steps when it comes to maintaining their health and well-being. It not only is beneficial for the early detection of diseases but will also help with required lifestyle changes, resulting in a healthier life.”

He revealed why you should opt for prompt health check-ups without any delay -

  • By going for regular check-ups, one can easily avail of healthcare services.
  • Proper detection of potentially fatal health conditions or diseases at an early stage lowers the chances of undergoing surgeries and chronic medical conditions which can result in higher mortality and morbidity rates in the patients.
  • Higher rates of treatment and cure. Regular check-ups help experts in the diagnosis of disease early, leading to a good prognosis of the condition of the patient.
  • Lowers the risks and complications by close monitoring of medical conditions that he/she gets detected with. So, if one diligently goes for a routine check-up of high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and cholesterol, they will know how likely they are to develop diabetes or cholesterol which can lead to heart attacks or strokes in the future.
  • Preventive health check-ups help to avoid costly medical services that can cause distress to the patient. These check-ups can reduce the burden on the healthcare system.
  • By opting for preventive health check-ups, one will be able to get thorough knowledge and understanding when it comes to any new medical information or technologies that are available in the country.
  • Preventive health check-ups encourage a healthy lifestyle in patients by aiding in active involvement in healthcare.
  • Knowing that you are fit and fine will help with peace of mind when you opt for preventive check-ups and understand about your improved overall well-being.

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