Your guide to general health checkup

General health checkup keeping on track of your health starts with you. By establishing good health habits early, you stand the best chance at leading a longer, healthier and happier life.A health check is an examination of your current state of health, often carried out by your GP. Throughout life, it is recommended that you carry out a series of health checks to ensure you are on the right track to good health, and as we become more vulnerable to illness the older we get, health checks become vitally important during the later years. You should also ensure that you get regular health checks, particularly as you age. Healthy habits include:

  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet and limiting stimulants such as alcohol and nicotine.
  • Looking after your emotional health and wellbeing by finding time to relax every day.
  • Exercising for the recommended 150 minutes a week (moderate) or 75 minutes a week (vigorous).
  • Getting a good night’s rest whenever possible (7-9 hours).
  • Limiting pressure on your back and joints and focusing on good posture.

Why are health checks important?

The aim of a health check is to help find, prevent or lessen the effect of health issues. Essentially, it’s like getting your car serviced before it breaks down. Why wait until something goes wrong to take action?

By finding problems early, your chances for treatment and cure are always better. If you have a predisposition to a certain problem, your doctor will be able to offer you practical advice on limiting the risks.

Remember:

  • Prevention is always better than cure.
  • Prevention cuts the cost of healthcare.
  • One irregularity can affect your overall health.

How to have a health check

Ideally, you want to acquire your regular health checks with the same doctor or practice. This way you will build a relationship over time and will feel more comfortable talking openly. Also, your doctor will get to know you and understand your health needs and concerns, and by having a regular doctor or practice, your medical history stays in one place and is more likely to be kept up-to-date.

What does a health check involve?

A health check generally involves:

  • Updating your medical history and examining your health issues.
  • Performing tests if required.
  • A follow up of any problems identified.
  • Advice and information on how to improve health.

What health checks do you need?

Different health checks are required for different stages of your life, and are also dependant on sex. Knowing what you are due for will help ensure you schedule a health check at the right time in your life.