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16 Preventive Health Tests to Keep Healthy and Fit

  By posted Jul 31st 2013
Healthy Living


16 Preventive Health Tests You Should Do

 

No matter what age group you are part of, a preventive health test is required on a regular basis as you grow old. The tests may differ from gender to gender. A health check-up for a senior citizen would be very different from those in their 30s or 40s. Kanchan Naikawadi, Director, Indus Health Plus (P) Ltd, explains what regular health check-ups people below the age of 30 should undergo in order to be fit and healthy. 

As we age, our body also changes and we need to take care of our physical being. A check-up done during our 30s may not show the same result in our 50s or 60s. Therefore, as we age, we need to have regular health check-ups. 

 

 Health tests people under the age of 30 should have done

 

It is alarming that most  lifestyle diseases affect the youth. So, people under 30 years of age need to be tested for the following:

 

Blood Pressure and Pulse Rate: Irrespective of how young you are, it is important to know if your heart is beating well and that your body maintains the right blood pressure.

 

Eyes, Mouth, and Ears:It is important to maintain hygiene and make sure that your eyes, mouth and ears are in good condition.

 

Cholesterol Measurement: Check what you eat and make sure that your cholesterol level does not come close to an alarming level.

 

Blood Tests:Those in their 30s ought to undergo a number of blood tests.

  1. Blood Glucose: Know the sugar level in your blood
  2. Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN): Tells us about the amount of nitrogen in our blood that comes from the waste product urea
  3. Blood Creatinine: To make sure that your renal functions properly
  4. Blood Electrolytes: Electrolytes are minerals in your blood that carry an electric charge. You tend to lose these minerals when you sweat more. One must replace it by drinking enough fluids 

 

Urinalysis:A urinalysis provides information about our kidneys and urine and can detect disease in other organs as well.

 

Electrocardiogram: know the electrical activity in your heart. It is also commonly called as Stress Test.

 

Cancer Screening Test

 

Mammogram: to tests any kind of cyst or lump in the breast.

 

Pap Smear: Detects potentially pre-cancerous and cancerous possibility.

 

Prostate Tests: Check for protein that is produced by the prostate gland.

 

Occult Blood Test:A stool test is done to find possibility of cancer in large intestine.

 

Sigmoidoscopy: To check for tumor in anus, rectum and the lower part of the large intestine.

 

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

 

Tuberculosis

 

Chest X ray


Hepatitis A

 

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