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August 26, 2019 9:30 am Categorised in: , ,

We all know the old saying “Prevention is better than cure” but what does that really mean nowadays. Getting 30 minutes of physical activity a day, eating our fruit and veg, not smoking and connecting with people are all important ways to maintain our health.

 

However, for both prevention and cure, visiting your GP once a year can make all the difference to your health. A regular check up is important at any age but some checks are more relevant to particular age groups.

 

 

 

20’s & 30’s Health Checklist

 

Ask your doctor about:

 

  • Early stage heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke
  • Examine your testicles regularly for lumps or bumps – feel anything unusual? Get it checked out immediately
  • Blood cholesterol and glucose
  • Anxiety, stress and depression are not signs of weakness – talk to your GP or pharmacist.

 

 

40’s & 50’s Health Checklist

 

Ask your doctor about:

 

  • Heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke
  • Respiratory illness and lung cancer
  • Bowel and prostate cancer screening
  • Hearing check
  • Sexual health – conditions such as erectile dysfunction are common and treatable

 

 

60 + Health Checklist

 

Ask your doctor about:

 

  • Heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke
  • Cholesterol and glucose levels
  • Eye check – especially for glaucoma and cataracts
  • Bowel cancer screening
  • Bone density
  • Mental health – if you feel sad, anxious or isolated, your doctor or pharmacist is there to help
  • Flu and Pneumonia shots – flu can carry serious complications as we age, and you need to protect yourself against it

 

 

Health Checklist for any age:

 

Ask your doctor about:

 

  • Diabetes
  • Skin cancer screening – if you see a mole or growth that looks suspicious, get it checked
  • Weight issues
  • Blood cholesterol and glucose
  • Drug and alcohol issues
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Teeth – visit your dentist once a year (even if you wear dentures)

 

You’re the expert of you, so if you notice anything different – get it checked!

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