Good health begins with prevention and that all starts with the individual and establishing good health habits means people may enjoy longer, healthier, happier lives. Regular check-ups are an important part of a prevention routine and can help keep people on track with their health goals.

The purpose of a health check is to help find, prevent or lessen the effect of disease. it’s often better to pick up potential problems earlier rather than later. Health checks can provide health care professionals with an opportunity to look at a person’s lifestyle, medical history and family history to find out if they’re at risk of any preventable health conditions.

Health checks can also identify areas where improvements to lifestyle habits can help keep you on the right track. It is recommended by international consensus and understanding that men, above 35 years of age, and women, above 40 years of the age, should undergo annual preventive health checkup. In case of a disease in family history, it is prudent to initiate screening tests 10 years before, when the youngest member of family developed that particular disease (e.g. diabetes mellitus, coronary heart disease, high cholesterol level, high blood pressure, cancer of breasts, prostate, colon, etc).

What are the things you should know before getting a preventative health check-up?

·         Several tests are conducted empty stomach – 10-15 hours of fasting is required

·         Wear loose clothing

·         Avoid wearing jewelry, or any metallic objects.

·         Inform your doctor in case there is a pacemaker in the body

Also discuss with your doctor before your check-up about:

1. Your family history

2. Past allergies or surgeries

3. Alcohol, tobacco or illicit drug use

4. Any over the counter or herbal medication

5. Vitamins or health supplements

Sound health not only brings out the best in your day to day activities, but you are also happier, allowing yourself to reach personal accomplishments and enjoy the company of your loved ones. Preventive health checkups are a powerful tool which lets us live a longer, healthier and contented life.

Call Healthboxes on 09091111129 or 08097560000 to book an appointment with the nearest hospital for a general health check-ups.

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