Health A to Z Last updated on 2021-02-26 20:39:48
7 Health Check-Ups Every Working Millennial Should Go For
- Dr. Abhishtita Mudunuri
- 4 Min Read
A working millennial's life is indeed like a roller coaster. With your deadlines, meetings, and relationships, going to the doctor may be the last thing on your mind. But always remember that regular check-ups will not only prevent health complications but improve the quality of your life in the long run as well. Here are some common health check-ups every millennial should get at least once a year:
Complete blood count(CBC)Complete blood count measures the level of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. This provides the doctor information about common health problems like anaemia, inflammations, infections and more. It can evaluate overall health, to check for infection and to monitor ongoing treatment. CBC is a simple blood test.
Diabetes checkSince its symptoms are easy-to-miss, diabetes is often called the silent killer. The test is usually done after a 12-hour fasting period. Reading below 99 is normal, between 100-110 suggests pre-diabetes, and higher than 110 means you’re a diabetic. If diabetes remains undiagnosed or untreated, it can lead to severe complications like retinopathy, coronary heart disease & kidney failure. With our modern lifestyles, it is a must to get your blood glucose checked regularly.
Vitamin D testYou may appear healthy, but chances are you might have a vitamin D deficiency. People who work indoors for hours and don’t expose themselves to sunlight enough become deficient in vitamin D. One more reason is that many Indians are vegetarians and the food sources of vitamin D are of animal origin. If you get sick more often, have constant fatigue or hair loss, it is high time you get a vitamin D test done.
Thyroid testDid you know that 1 in 10 Indians have hypothyroidism? The signs of a thyroid disorder may be silent. But the truth is that certain thyroid disorders such as weight fluctuations, hair loss, fatigue, and menstrual changes can disrupt your life. If you are exhibiting any of these signs, schedule a thyroid test as soon as possible. This ailment is not curable but can be maintained.
Kidney function testAs one of the most vital organs in the body, the health of kidneys needs to be checked from time to time. If you face any of the symptoms like frequent urination, painful urination or blood in urine, then a kidney profile test is important in identifying the root cause. It is recommended to go for a kidney function test once a year.
Cholesterol level testIf you have an unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle and you're a smoker, chances are that your cholesterol levels have gone for a toss. Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance present in the body. Too much cholesterol can get deposited in the walls of your arteries and eventually harden. High cholesterol, fortunately, does not cause any symptoms but gradual development in the arteries can lead to heart complications in the future. A routine test can ascertain if your cholesterol levels are healthy or not.
Iron deficiency checkIf fatigue and frequent headaches have become a norm, then it may indicate an iron deficiency. Iron is needed for blood formation, growth and development. Iron deficiency can be caused by inadequate diet, blood loss or during pregnancy. Therefore, it is important to keep a watch on the symptoms and book a CBC test to confirm your doubts.
Other important checks that are equally important
- Dental check-up
- Blood pressure check
- BMI assessment
- STD assessment
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