Health checks and screenings are an important aspect of your health and can make your life simpler and healthier. Even if you are feeling healthy and don’t have any feeling of sickness whatsoever, do make it a point to see your family doctor for a regular health checkup. Believe us when we tell you that these visits can save you a lot of grief in the future. Timely intervention can protect you from future diseases, ailments, and unnecessary surgeries.
You can take the following tests:
Blood Pressure Check for Women:
The ideal blood pressure for women should be 120/80 mmHg. Do you know that uncontrolled high blood pressure can kill you? It is called the silent killer as it does not display any symptoms, and by the time you realise that you have HBP, it would have damaged your heart, arteries, and other vital organs.
Cholesterol Check for Women:
This checkup, which is very important to know your risk of heart disease, is done through a blood test. The ideal cholesterol level should be below 200 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter) for total cholesterol. High cholesterol in the body means that your blood has more cholesterol than it should have. High cholesterol is dangerous and does not display any symptoms.
Pap Smear and Pelvic Exams:
Women of the age of 30 and older need a Pap smear every two years if all their previous tests have been normal. A Pap smear is a safe way to screen for cervical cancer. It can warn your doctor of any suspicious cells that may need further testing.
Mammograms and breast exams:
Around the age of 20, women should undergo a clinical breast exam at least every three years till the age of 40. From the age of 40 onwards, they should take this test every year. A mammogram is a screening test for breast cancer where moderate compression is applied to the breasts and the X-ray images captured.
Bone Density Health Checkup for Women:
Women having a slender frame or a tendency for fractures should start their screening earlier. Healthy bones show a T- score of -1 or higher – the measurement used to describe your bone density. The frequency of bone density screening differs from woman to woman based on their bone density and risk factors. A bone density test can determine if you have osteoporosis – a malady that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break when compared with others.
Diabetes Health Checkup for Women:
Before the age 45, women may need to have their blood glucose levels tested if they have symptoms of diabetes or risk factors. A blood test result for RBS or Random Blood Sugar should be in the range of 140 mg/dl. A fasting reading should be in the range of 80-130 mg/dl while a post-lunch reading should be in the range of 140-180 mg/dl. Any reading more than the suggested range indicates pre-diabetes or diabetes.
Colon Cancer Health Checkup for Women:
One common test is the flexible sigmoidoscopy in which a lighted tube and camera are inserted through the anus to examine the lower part of the colon. The other test is colonoscopy, where a long tube to examine the entire colon. Most of the time colon cancer begins from a small, noncancerous group of cells called adenomatous polyps.
Immunisations for Women:
Immunisations play a very vital role in your being healthy, and you should therefore, ensure that you get all your immunisation shots regularly.