Staying healthy is an important commitment to make to yourself, and being proactive about your health care is an easy way to ensure you’re making the best possible medical decisions for yourself.
Here are five simple ways to stay ahead of the game when it comes to your own health.
Eat Healthy & Exercise
You know the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” Turns out, it’s true — particularly when it comes to being proactive about your health.
“Nothing beats a healthy diet and exercise,” There is nothing better you can do for your health — even at a young age — than to eat healthy and try to incorporate exercise on a regular basis to be a lifetime habit.”
Get Your Annual Check-up
You want to try to make sure that you find things before they become problems. If you’re doing a regular yearly check with your GP, usually those things get picked up in the very early stages, and then your chance of survival is much higher.
It’s important to have a good relationship with your GP for many reasons. The first one is to make sure you’re up to date on your preventive health care.
Discuss Your Family History
Find out if your family has a history of heart disease, certain cancers, high blood pressure or other common conditions. Tell your GP about any disorders that run in your family.
For example, if you know a close relative suffered a heart attack at a young age, it’s important to share this information with your doctor. With this family history in mind, you can work together with your GP to get your blood pressure under control or your cholesterol under control.
Being proactive when it comes to your family history can be hugely helpful in preventing the stuff that maybe a parent or grandparent had, from happening to you.
Prevention is the best cure, but some risks are beyond your control. In those cases, early detection is the next best thing.
Your age, gender and family history are all factors in determining which screenings or tests are essential preventative health measures for you. Knowing which screenings you’re due for and when might seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.
The best way to know is to go see your GP, and they’ll know what prevention tests you’re due for.
At Pall Mall Medical, we are dedicated to improving your health and wellbeing. No matter how old you are, you may be feeling unwell, interested to see what your state of health is, or want to know if you’re at risk from certain health issues due to your lifestyle or family history.
If you know you have a family history of e.g. high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, cancer, or if your body is showing the strains of a hectic lifestyle or excessive work schedule – a private health screen is a proactive step to help alleviate your health worries or uncover any potential issues.