It’s that time of year again when everyone makes resolutions for the New Year. One common resolution is to get in better shape, eat healthier foods, and lead a more active lifestyle. While all of these are important goals, they are not the only ones you should focus on this year. You also need to ensure that you and your family get your annual health check-ups. Below we will discuss four health check-ups that you should prioritize this year.
Blood Pressure Check-Up:
According to the American Heart Association, one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure. High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so it’s crucial to check your blood pressure regularly. High blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure if left untreated.
Make sure to schedule a check-up with your doctor to check your blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, your doctor will likely prescribe medication and make lifestyle recommendations to help lower your blood pressure. Some lifestyle changes can help reduce your blood pressure include eating a healthier diet, quitting smoking, and exercising more.
If you have diabetes, it’s vital to get your blood sugar levels checked on a regular basis. High blood sugar levels can damage your nerves, kidneys, and eyes. If left untreated, diabetes can also lead to heart disease and stroke.
Your doctor will likely recommend that you check your blood sugar levels at least once a year. If your blood sugar levels are high, your doctor will prescribe medication and make lifestyle recommendations to help lower your blood sugar levels. Some lifestyle changes that can help manage diabetes include eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and getting regular exercise.
Your teeth are important! You use them every day to eat, speak, and smile. So it’s essential to care for them to avoid problems like cavities and gum disease. A dental check-up usually includes cleaning, x-rays, and an exam by the Dentist. They will look for any issues and let you know if you need treatment. Most people should visit the dentist every six months, but some may need to go more often depending on their oral health. Talk to your dentist if you have questions about how often you should go. Dental insurance typically covers at least one annual check-up and cleaning per year. Many dental offices offer affordable payment plans if you don’t have dental insurance.
Cancer screenings are tests that look for cancer before you have symptoms. They can help find cancer early when it’s easier to treat. Your type of screening test depends on your age, health history, and family history. Some standard cancer screenings include mammograms, colonoscopies, and Pap smears. Talk to your doctor about which screenings are proper for you and how often you should get them.
While some of these annual health check-ups may not be at the top of your list this year, they are essential to prioritize for yourself and your family’s health. So make sure to schedule appointments with your doctor and dentist this year! And remember, prevention is key!