The Top 8 Annual Health Checks to Consider
Every year you should consider doing a regular stock-take on your body's health. Particularly as we get older, we are more vulnerable to a whole range of illnesses and diseases, some that have no warning signs or symptoms.
A regular yearly health check examines your current state of health and can help to find, prevent or lessen the effects of health issues. Furthermore, an up to date health record helps your GP to monitor any dramatic changes in your health and also evaluate your risk of illnesses and diseases based on your lifestyle and family history.
Our recommended yearly health checks include:
Blood test for iron, B12, thyroid function and kidney function can help to recognise changes in the body and elicit lifestyle or diet changes that may be necessary.
Mammograms aid in recognising changes in breast tissue and early detection of cancerous cells. Early detection increases success of treatment.
Height and weight measurements may sound simple, but it is a good indicator of dramatic changes year to year.
Bone mineral density tests help to evaluate and monitor your risk of osteoporosis.
Body composition scans provide a more accurate evaluation of weight and fat
distribution than traditional BMI tests. The scans assess your entire weight, including your skeleton, organs and muscle. A body composition scan focuses specifically on the distribution of fat and lean muscle throughout the body and provides and indication of health concerns related to fat location as well as areas to target for weight loss.
Blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol level tests help to measure your risk of high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes. Unhealthy lifestyle choices such as poor diet and smoking begin to show signs in people’s mid thirties. However, high cholesterol often has very few symptoms so many people may not realise they are at increased risk of stroke, heart disease or heart failure.
Prostate checks aid in early detection of changes in the prostate tissue or development of cancers. As with breast checks, early detection increases success of treatment.
Skin checks help to monitor changes in the skin or the growth of skin cancers. 95% of skin cancers can be treated successfully if detected early so it’s important to get to know your skin and monitor any changes or abnomailities.
But for time-poor professionals who may forgo their yearly health assessment, Epworth HealthCheck is the preventative style of health care that could save your life. Co-located with Epworth Richmond, not only does it provide patients with a comprehensive assessment of both their physical and psychological wellbeing, it also detects any potential problems or risks and refers them for appropriate treatment.
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