Health experts feel that even if you feel fine, you should still see your provider for regular checkups.
Taking greater responsibilities for family, work, and life, in general, can make you struggle to create a balance and leaves you without any time to take care of your health.
Blood pressure screening
According to health experts, blood pressure must be checked at least once every six months if:
- Your blood pressure is not in the normal range (the top number is 120 to 129 mm Hg or the bottom number is 70 to 79 mm Hg)
- You have a family member with high blood pressure
- You had high blood pressure during a pregnancy
While risk factors like obesity or diabetes can put someone at a higher risk for high cholesterol, even people without those conditions can have heart issues.
Complete blood count
Blood Sugar Test
Done after a 12-hour fasting period, this helps detect diabetes. A reading of < 99 is normal; between 100 and 110 indicates pre-diabetes and higher than 110 indicates diabetes. In cases of pre-diabetes and diabetes, an additional test, HbA1C, that indicates the average blood sugar levels over the previous three months is done.
Your doctor would recommend an annual check-up if the reading is normal.
Breast cancer screening for women
These screenings are highly recommended if you have an increased risk for breast cancer, such as:
- A mother or sister who had breast cancer at a young age (most often starting screening earlier than the age the close relative was diagnosed)
- You carry a high-risk genetic marker
Commonly needed vaccines include:
- Get a flu injection every year
- Tetanus-diphtheria and acellular pertussis (
- Have a booster (or Tdap) every 10 years
- Varicella vaccine: Receive two doses if you never had chickenpox or the varicella vaccine
- Hepatitis B vaccine: receive 2, 3, or 4 doses, depending on your exact circumstances
- You have not received the HPV vaccine in the past
- You have not completed the full vaccine series
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.