Time flies by when life is busy, and it's easy to forget those important health check ups as the months roll by. But it’s so important to make time for these appointments, as they can be pivotal in identifying potential risk factors and early detection of any health issues.
Here are some tips and reasons to keep you and your family on track for those check ups!
1. Book your appointments in advance
Booking your appointments in advance takes the guesswork out of knowing when you’re due for check ups. At the end of each appointment, schedule another one in on the spot, and add reminders into your diary. If you’re unsure of how often you should be scheduling each appointment, check with your GP or health care provider at the time of appointment.
2. Health checks at home
There are some simple, quick checks you can do at home to monitor yours and your family’s health and well being. By taking some time to check yourself, you will stay in tune with your physical and mental state, but also be able to pass useful information onto your GP or other health care provider when you see them. Some simple checks you can do are:
- Take your temperature
- Take your blood pressure
- Check your skin for potential skin cancers
- Check your body for any unusual lumps and bumps
For a more comprehensive guide to home health checks, check out this guide published by Aetna International.
3. Know your medical history
Knowing your medical history can help you keep an eye out for any early signs of health issues before symptoms occur. Some hereditary health conditions include heart disease, high blood pressure, breast cancer, asthma, and Alzheimer's disease. Talking to your family members is a great way to gain insight into your family's medical history, and open up the conversation around preventive measures you can take to better your health.
For more information on the importance of accessing your family's health history, visit the Government of Western Australia’s Department of Health website here.
4. Know what check ups you should be having at what age
Being aware of what health checks you should be having at what age is a good way to keep track of where you’re at with your health. Knowing when you’re due for pap tests, screening tests, or other check up will help you stay accountable for your own health and well being. For example, men and women aged 50+ should all take part in the Government’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP). Here is a comprehensive guide to knowing what tests you should be having at what age.
5. Prevention, prevention, prevention!
Simple, day-to-day choices can influence your health and well being as you move through life. By implementing healthier choices you can maintain vitality, heart health, bone density and overall mental and physical well being. The hardest part is breaking old habits but the benefits are well worth the effort. Making time for exercise, eating nourishing food, drinking more water and reducing stress are all key to prevention! Starting with a small change such as going for a ten minute walk everyday will have an impact. Read this article published by Harvard Medical School to learn more.
Make time for the important things in life, for both yourself and your family members.