Getting a yearly physical is all well and good. Checking your heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar, and getting a clean bill of health is certainly worth taking the time to do so. Just don’t think that it’s entirely clean until you’ve taken a closer look at where it’s needed. Here are some of the aspects of your health you need to make sure that you’re not neglecting.
Most of us don’t need to be told to brush our teeth, even if some of us need to be told how to do it more effectively and to floss as well. However, for many, the dentist is just there when there’s something wrong. You should ensure that you get your routine cleaning and a checkup, not only to make sure that you’re taking care of your oral health effectively, but to treat conditions you might miss, like gum disease.
Changes to our hearing become more likely as we get older but even young people can experience them. This is increasingly true thanks to the fact that more of us use headphones to listen to music, go to concerts, or work in places that expose us to overly loud noise. A hearing test is a simple and quick way to ensure that your hearing is in tip-top shape. A baseline test can make it easier in the future to pinpoint any hearing loss, as it tends to come more gradually than we’re likely to notice, at first.
Just like with your hearing, changes to your vision can be difficult to notice at first. They happen gradually. That’s why it’s important to make sure that you get a vision test now and then, so you can get a more concrete answer as to whether or not your eyesight has changed in recent years. It doesn’t take too long.
It’s not one that you might think of, too often, but if you are a) a woman or b) over 50 years old, then you could be at an increased risk of bone issues such as osteoporosis. These conditions can be treated, but it’s best to catch them early and manage them consistently. As such, you should ask your doctor whether you should be having regular bone density scans, yet. If you are diagnosed, then the treatment tends to be as simple as a course of pills.
The taboo around mental health is still, unfortunately, rather strong. Even if we tend to be more accepting of mental health issues in those around us, a lot of people are hesitant to take the steps to address and enhance their own mental health. If your mood has changed over the past years, then it’s worth talking to someone about it and finding the means to therapy or even some relaxation and relief that can help you live more healthily.
Your health is a constant work in progress. Making the checks suggested above is all well and good but, don’t forget, it all starts again next year.