I generally take our annual exams for granted but with a change in jobs came a change in insurance and a potential waiting period, which got me thinking. Just like how we keep an eye on the health of our vehicles by doing routine maintenance and taking them for yearly safety checks and servicing, it’s important to do the same thing with your health. Unfortunately, just like our cars, none of us are immortal and therefore it’s important to keep our health in check. Similarly to how our homes go through a process of wear and tear as we ourselves get older; we need servicing too.
In this vein it’s important to have a wellness check from time to time but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have visit a doctors or specialist vein clinic; this article covers a number of quick tests you might want to consider, some of which you can do from home. (As I learned when I was thinking we would be going without insurance for 90 days.)
- EYE EXAM
The majority of people today, particularly given the intensive use of computers, televisions, and mobile devices we all use require a little help to correct their sight; as we age the health of our eyes can start to deteriorate so it’s good to have a check-up, not just for glasses, but to confirm your overall optic health and rule out conditions such as glaucoma. I’ve had glasses since my pre-K eye exam and contacts since I was 16!
- HEARING TEST
The good news is hearing evaluations are one of the less invasive tests required, yet so many of us begin to lose the edge of our ability to hear others, which leads to severe and totally unavoidable communication issues.
The ability to communicate is so important, and if you are struggling with your hearing, then it’s a good idea to get a quick test – they’re generally quick and painless and could save a lot of embarrassment down the line. The other thing to note is that some hearing aids are now totally hidden within the ear itself. A certain extended family member of mine (who I won’t point out) got a hearing aid not too long ago and I actually didn’t notice it until it was pointed out to me.
- CANCER CHECK-UP
We all get a little embarrassed to get certain parts of ourselves tested; particularly for something as significant as prostate cancer or breast cancer or cervical cancer; but there’s no benefit in burying your head in the sand – as, unfortunately, ignorance is not bliss. According to statistics, from cancer research, as many as 1 in 2 or 1 in 4 people will develop some form of cancer at some point in their lives. If you have reason to suspect anything, the best thing to do is to book an appointment and get checked out – as the likelihood is you’ll have the all clear and benefit from a greater sense of peace of mind; but if something does come back positive, at least you are in the empowered position to treat it promptly; which is likely to stop it in its tracks. Living here in the Sunshine State I’ve become especially aware to get any new or irregular moles checked out!
- BLOOD PRESSURE
High or low blood pressure can lead to serious problems so it’s a good idea to know where your blood pressure level is, in order to make any necessary adjustments and keep yourself in tip top shape. Home blood pressure monitors are relatively inexpensive.
High cholesterol can be a cause of heart disease, and if you do have high cholesterol, it’s something that should be addressed, sooner rather than later. You can even order self-testing kits to measure your own cholesterol levels online.
- BLOOD SUGAR
Diabetes is one of the most common ailments in America today. Blood sugar testing can determine if you are at risk for diabetes and is one of the tests that a doctor will usually order as part of an annual wellness check.
When we were looking at having a gap in our insurance I started thinking about all the medical tests I had taking for granted. I know that thousands of Americans go without these tests every day due to being under or uninsured. These are just the tests I thought of, off the top of my head, that we get done regularly.
This is a collaborative post and may contain affiliate links, from which I may receive income. All opinions are, as always, my own. While I am an ACE Certified Health Coach I am not a medical professional and the information provided in this post is not to be considered medical advice.