A lot of people don’t actually go to the doctor until their health dramatically worsens, or they don’t go at all. With this, they let symptoms get worse.
If you are one of those people who haven’t been examined for a longer period of time, you need to do this at the start of the year. You need an overall check-up and afterwards examine more specific areas.
Try to recall all the problems you’ve experienced the past 2 years as well as all the symptoms. Organize a couple of appointments.
Your doctor can make an overall check and input all the relevant changes in your file. After this he or she can send you to make blood tests and urine tests.
Blood pressure check
Blood pressure needs to be monitored. This is especially the case if you have family history of members with high or low blood pressure. You can get this service in certain pharmacies.
Sexually transmitted diseases test
Certain STD’s can remain within your body for a prolonged period of time and not show any symptoms. But it’s your responsibility to regularly do this test, at least once a year. This should be the case irrespective of you having 1 partner only.
Cholesterol levels need to be checked once every 5 years, as long as your results have been good. Especially if you have family members with high cholesterol, once you are past your 20s you need to do regular checks.
Remaining 4 tests
Once or twice a year you need to check your teeth and not just your teeth but your whole oral cavity. Depending on your state, your dentist might prescribe regular once or twice a year checks and removing of dental plaque.
For women, visits to their gynaecologist
Your gynaecologist can tell you how many times you need to come for a check-up. This will be dependent on your past diagnosis. Don’t ignore your intimate health, because only with regular visits you’ll be able to spot all the changes within the uterus.
The same goes for the HIV. You need to take this test at least once in your life if you are sexually active. Based on this, you’ll know whether you fall under more risky categories or not.
Mental health check
Mental problems are no longer a taboo or something embarrassing. A lot of people openly state that they pay their psychiatrist regular visits.