Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or any other elements of who you are and the type of lifestyle you lead, there are more than a few aspects of your general health that you should always be sure to keep on top of.
With that in mind, here, for your reading pleasure and information, are the top four physical health checks you should book an appointment for at least once a year.
1. Your Blood Pressure
Regular checking your blood pressure is within the acceptable limits for your age is one of the best ways to ensure your heart is in good condition and optimum health.
You can either make an appointment with your nurse or medical doctor who can take your blood pressure, or alternatively take your blood pressure at home with a personal blood pressure monitor.
2. Your Eyesight
Whether you believe that the eyes are indeed the proverbial windows to the soul or not, it cannot be denied how vital they are and as a result, taking proper care of your eyes is one of the main physical health checks that you must stay atop of.
The main ways to protect your good eyesight for as long as possible include:
- Have cataracts removed if you are diagnosed with having them, safe in the knowledge that you will be fully prepared and armed with as much knowledge as possible before cataract surgery.
- Book an appointment to see your optician should you feel as if your vision is consistently blurry or else your eyes seem to have become more prone to light sensitivity
- If you are supposed to wear glasses for either reading or to drive (or indeed both), it is important to wear them for the exact activities you need to; no more, no less.
- Protect your eyes from harmful ultra-violet light
3. Your Teeth
Aside from brushing your teeth for at least two minutes both in the morning and evening, it is also important to visit the dentist at least once a year or, ideally, twice a year.
Dentists across the United States recommend electric toothbrushes over manual ones, mainly as they have been proven to be much more effective at removing plaque and stubborn stains. Other benefits of investing in a reputable brand of electric toothbrushes include a reduction in bad breath, better tongue health, a significant reduction in strain on the gums, and a generally more thorough overall clean.
4. Your Skin & Blemishes
The dangers of using tanning salons and at-home sunbeds are now, thankfully, well-known, however, there are other warning signs you should look out for pertaining to your skin and, more specifically, any new blemishes, lumps, and moles.
Breast and prostate screenings should be part and parcel of your health check regime, as well as visiting your doctor if you discover any new moles on any part of your body, or else find a pre-existing mole that has grown.