Keep your health in check calendar
As the UK experiences tighter lockdown restrictions and the coronavirus continues to put our NHS, local doctors, and healthcare services under enormous pressure, we are seeing more and more people forgetting to organise or attend their routine health appointments, potentially putting their health at risk.
That’s why we have created the ultimate healthcare calendar to help you keep your health in check each and every month. With reminders for tests and screenings, health awareness days and other important reminders to do with your health and wellbeing, this calendar will help you to keep yourself in optimum health for the next year and beyond.
Our GP Dr Chun Tang explains the reason why so many of us are missing these crucial appointments and the potential effects this could cause:
“Poor access to clinics, lack of staff members available to complete routine appointments such as smears, and fears of coming to the clinic due to the risk of Coronavirus are the top reasons for missed appointments. For example, if a patient misses their FIT test for bowel cancer and has developed symptoms, which they go on to ignore, cancer will spread and the chance of survival will considerably decrease.”
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In your 20’s you’re mostly protected against health problems because youth is such a powerful tonic. Here’s what you can do to ensure you stay healthy and avoid any potential issues:
- Regular STI / STD checks
- Attend your annual smear test appointments
- Start taking mental health seriously
- Look after your skin, wear SPF
- Maintain a healthy, balanced diet
- Keep active daily and get enough sleep
- Practice safe sex
- Don’t smoke and limit alcohol intake
Your 30’s are busy. You may have kids, a marriage, a career. How you maintain your health and well-being during your 30s will largely determine your health for the rest of your life. As well as everything you should do in your 20’s you should also:
- Attend regular health screens including blood pressure and blood tests
- Know your health history and what could potentially affect you
In your 40s you may feel like a lot is changing around you – including your body. Use these tips for managing the unique emotional and physical changes of your 40s for a lifetime of health and happiness:
- Pap Test and Pelvic Exam: Every 1 to 3 years.
- Get your moles checked yearly
- Thyroid Check: Every 5 years
- Mammogram: Every 1 to 2 years
- Blood Glucose: Every 3 years (starting at age 45)
As the years roll on, it’s essential we prioritise our health so we can make the most of everything life has to offer. Here’s what to do to keep you at your best in your 50s—and beyond:
- Regularly monitor your blood pressure
- Yearly health screens
- Keep up with regular eye tests
- Yearly blood tests
- Check breasts / other body parts for any unusual lumps or swelling
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Drink in moderation
- Learn about hormones and ageing