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How a complete health check of the body can discover hidden diseases

Dalai Lama: “Man surprised me the most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health to earn money. Then he sacrifices money to restore his health…”

You have your car refurbished every year. Why not get an annual medical check-up too? An annual health check or periodic health check is helpful because it can help detect and identify diseases or the warning signs of an impending illness very early. This makes the treatment a lot more effective, cheaper and less invasive. In addition to detecting such diseases before a patient becomes seriously ill, such periodic checkups also give you a detailed update on various health parameters such as cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, blood pressure and body weight. This helps measure your overall health and allows healthcare providers to assess health risks and advise you on lifestyle and dietary measures to counteract such risks.

Benefits of an annual health check

There are several benefits of a regular full health check of the body by a doctor. One of the main benefits is the prevention of disease. Preventive health checkups are especially important for individuals with risk factors for various health conditions. A master’s health check can also aid in the early detection and treatment of a health problem, which is especially valuable in cases of cancer. The examinations and lab tests performed during a health check vary depending on a person’s age, gender, family history, and lifestyle. Health checks also promote better patient-doctor relationships and enable the doctor to promote healthy habits through patient education.

Composition of a regular health check

In addition to a general physical exam, including the eyes and teeth, a standard health check is intended to assess the functioning of the heart, lungs, digestive system, liver, kidneys, and immune system status. Sometimes certain cancer-specific tests such as PSA (prostate-specific antigen) for men and mammography and some gynecological examinations in women are also included.

A body health check-up mainly includes pathology (blood and urine), imaging (X-ray and ultrasound), lung function test and cardiac stress test. Ideally, these tests should be performed in an accredited laboratory or hospital equipped with the best diagnostic tools. It is very important that the results of these tests are interpreted and examined by qualified physicians.

Common investigations during a regular health check

A regular health check consists of the following examinations:

1. General physical examination (body weight, blood pressure, heart rate, etc.)

2. Laboratory Studies:

a) Complete hemogram: It is a series of tests to examine various components of blood and is used as a broad screening test for conditions such as anemia, infection and many other diseases.

b) Lipid profile: used to assess the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

c) Liver Function Test: Used to assess liver function or diagnose liver disease.

d) Renal Function Test: Used to evaluate how well the kidneys are functioning.

e) Blood sugar: Used to measure blood glucose for checking pre-diabetes and diabetes.

f) Chest X-ray: Used to examine the chest and the organs and structures within the chest.

g) ECG/Treadmill Test: Used as a diagnostic tool to measure the rate and regularity of heartbeats and to assess cardiac stress.

h) Abdominal ultrasound: diagnostic imaging technique used to visualize organs and structures in the abdomen, including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, and kidneys.

i) Urine Routine Examination: Used for general evaluation of health, metabolic or systemic diseases.

Getting the right type of  body health check is important  and when considering it, certain factors such as age, lifestyle, family history and risks should be taken into account. Regular health exams and tests help detect problems before they start. Choosing the right health checkups, screenings and treatments means taking steps to help someone live longer and healthier lives.

If nothing else, it provides important information about one’s body to ensure peace of mind and make lifestyle adjustments. Even the most basic health check of the body can identify underlying diseases. After all, a disease that is picked up at an early stage is much easier to cure.

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