Health issues are a worry for all of us. The threat of getting a terrible diagnosis hangs over everyone. It’s no wonder when such a diagnosis could send your life as you know it crashing down. For the most part, there’s no avoiding the eventuality. You can live the healthiest life imaginable and still fall prey to illness. Healthy living may go some way to alleviating risks, but even the healthiest people fall victim. So, how can you go about your life without the worry hanging over you? Well, as you can’t stop illness, the best thing to do is to keep your body in check. Doing certain health tests will ensure that you catch any problem the moment it begins. Getting a head start is often the best way to fight illness. We’re going to look at a few of the checks you should be spending time on. Some of these you can do at home, while others will involve a quick trip to the doctor. Even so, your health is worth the effort!
CHECK FOR LUMPS
This first check is one you should be doing at home. At least once a week, do a quick check for any lumps in breasts or testicles. Cancer is one of the things we fear the most and could be serious if not caught quickly. You don’t need to set aside a particular time to do these checks. Have a quick feel when you’re in the shower or bath. The process will only take a few seconds and could save your life. If you’re unsure how to check yourself, a little research will show you the best methods. Rolling your palm over the skin should lead you to any problems. If you do feel something, it’s important not to stress yourself about it. All lumps need to be checked, but most turn out to be nothing. Even so, don’t assume that’s the case. Book an appointment with the doctor as soon as you notice. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Getting the problem checked is also the best way to put your mind at ease about what you’ve found. Doing these checks will ensure any problems you do discover are in the early stages, which is the best thing possible!
GENERAL HEALTH MOT
You should book in for a health MOT with your doctor occasionally. The doctor will do simple tests, like blood pressure and blood tests. These will ensure everything is running the way it should. Don’t leave going to the doctor until there’s a problem. Keep on top of things by getting yourself checked out. Remember that many problems have no symptoms at all. Don’t let those underlying issues catch you out. You MOT your car, so why wouldn’t you do the same for your body? You can also get vaccinations at such appointments. Flu jabs, and other shots will ensure you’re protected against disease.
As soon as you’re sexually active, you’re at risk of catching an STD. These can range in seriousness. All STDs can have terrible repercussions if not treated. The risks range from infertility to lifelong illness. Familiarize yourself with you std testing options and make proper use of them. Use protection when sleeping with anyone new. Make sure to get yourself tested after each new sexual partner you’ve been with. Even if you’re in a comfortable relationship, you can’t be too careful. You may not want to think about it, but many people catch STDs when their partner has cheated. The safest thing you can do is use protection, but you should be getting yourself tested too. Most STDs are treated with a simple course of antibiotics. There’s no need to let things get serious! If you’re embarrassed about getting checked, don’t be! Being sensible about sexual health shouldn’t be embarrassing. No one is going to judge you. There are testing kits you can do at home and send off if you don’t want to go to a clinic. That said, these don’t test you for everything. A comprehensive test is the best option open to you. That way, you can be sure you’re clean of everything! If you don’t want to go alone, you and your partner could get tested together. If you don’t feel comfortable discussing it with your spouse, take a friend along. Having someone else tested at the same time as you can be a real comfort.
Memory tests are another thing you can’t go without. The risk, with memory, is that you don’t realise when there’s a problem. People around you can be a good sign of whether anything is going on. Do your friends say you keep repeating yourself when you have no memory of doing so? If you don’t feel comfortable going to the doctor, ask your friends or partners to do tests on you. There are many memory tests online that you can try out. Leave a week or so between tests, and see how much you remember. These tests may not be the best judge of whether something’s wrong, but they can pick up on any warning signs. Don’t think you’re immune from memory problems if you’re young. These issues can strike anyone and can be a sign of many different problems. Again, don’t scare yourself about this. It may just be a case of being forgetful. Even so, the best thing is always to get checked with the doctor. They’ll be able to do a series of tests to judge the problem and can do brain scans if they’re worried.
You can never be too careful when it comes to your health. Erase any worries by keeping on top of your health the way you should. None of the above tests take long, but they could make all the difference to your life and your peace of mind. Stay sensible about your body by taking care of it! Taking these steps will save you having to worry about health issues altogether.