Going to Checkups and Living Healthier Lives

by Jeff Cans
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Everyone wants to live a longer, healthier life. All you need to do is go to your routine checkup and take care of yourself by eating healthier and exercise more. If you go through life without taking care of yourself, then you risk suffering health complications later on in life because, as we age, our immune systems won’t be as strong as they were in their youth.

Luckily, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of health complications later on in life and improve your quality of life as life. Checkups are great at preventing all kinds of diseases. It’s a good idea to get a checkup once a year. For heart screenings, it’s a good idea to get them every two years. And it’s also good to eat healthily and exercise in order to be healthier later in life and improve your confidence in yourself. Not taking care of yourself can lead to diseases like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, and those things can make your later years not good and very expensive if you’re still alive after all of that.

Sadly, even with all of this knowledge available, there are many people in the United States that don’t go to the doctor until symptoms show up and that’s because it’s either uncomfortable or inconvenient for them to go. As a result, many people put off going to the doctor until symptoms show up, but by then, it might as well be too late if it’s a potentially life-threatening disease they’re dealing with.

Reduce chances of getting sick

Getting checkups will keep you healthier and your sick days at work will seldom be used if you like. Plus, it will keep your health costs down during your lifetime, too. Also, it would improve your overall health.

Going to Checkups and Living Healthier LivesYou get to live longer and improve your quality of life

On average, one in four people die of heart disease each year in the United States. With this in mind, it’s better to go to checkups once a year and live a healthier life through a healthy diet and exercise. That way, it will reduce your chances of getting sick or getting a life-threatening disease and improve your life span and deal with fewer health complications as you age.

Reduce Risks of heart and vascular diseases

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. A lot of factors come into play, like gender, smoking, stress, and diet. You can reduce their chances of getting such diseases by: eating a healthy diet, get regular exercise, find ways to cope with stress, quit smoking or not start to begin with, and have a checkup with the doctor once a year and keep up with health screenings as they age.

Detect potentially life-threatening health conditions or diseases early

Detecting a potentially life-threatening health condition or disease early is much better than to wait for symptoms because you’ll be able to catch the disease in its earliest stages. The earliest you’re able to detect it, the easier it will be to get rid of it.

Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease

Blood Pressure is really important to check because it gives no symptoms and high blood pressure can greatly increase your risk of heart disease or a stroke. It’s better to check your blood pressure with your doctor every two years and make sure it’s below 120/80 mg. If it’s higher than that, you will be prescribed medication for it, but you would also have to change your lifestyle choices like diet and exercise (change exercise at your own pace).

It’s also important to check your Fasting Lipoprotein Profile (cholesterol) to also reduce your risk of heart disease or a stroke.

Body Weight

It’s better to be at a good body weight because it’s easier on your heart and easier on your blood glucose level. Also, you avoid complications like heart disease, stroke, atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, and more.

Reduces Risk of Diabetes

High blood glucose levels can raise your insulin and lead to prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Your health care provider will recommend a blood glucose test if you are overweight and have a heart disease risk factor. It’s also a good idea to eat a healthy diet.

Reduces risk of respiratory, vascular, cerebrovascular and other diseases due to smoking

Going to Checkups and Living Healthier LivesQuit smoking. Smoking leads to all sorts of respiratory diseases like emphysema, asthma, lung cancer, etc. Smoking also damages your heart, which can lead to a heart attack, heart diseases, blood clots, artery clots, increased heart rate, and all other sorts of health complications that no one wants to suffer through. Talk to your healthcare provider on how to quit before health complications arise.

Improves your quality of life

Going to checkups will improve your quality of life because it will catch diseases in its early stages and it will be easier to treat them as a result.

Eating healthy will help you improve your quality of life because it will make you feel better and help your body function at a healthier level. Regulator your portion sizes, eat whole grains, eat more vegetables and fruit, cut down on unhealthy fats, chose low protein foods, and decrease your sodium in your food. Talk to your healthcare provider about developing a diet plan that’s suitable for you.

Exercising will help you improve your quality of life, and it will reduce your risk of health complications later in life. It will also improve the complexion on your face, and it will make you look and feel better about yourself. And the more you keep at it, the more your confidence will grow as well, so there’s that. Talk with your healthcare provider about making an exercise plan.

Overall, Healthy living and daily checkups are worth the effort for a better life down the road. And detecting diseases early is worth going to the doctor once a year, so it’s worth the temporary discomfort to avoid a lifetime of discomfort.

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