Top 5 Things You Should Know About Preventive Health Checkup

Five Things You Should Know About Preventive Health Checkup

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 17 Mar 2014 - 11:57
You may be thinking you are in great health, yet, feeling healthy and being healthy is not always the same thing. The ever-increasing lifestyle disorders like diabetes and heart ailments due to rising cholesterol or obesity and asthma, don’t show up suddenly. The medical conditions that can lead up to them, often have no symptoms for some time. So, even if you feel fine, a disease may have already begun causing damage to your body.
Taking prevention is a key step towards healthy and happy life. Preventive health checkups are imperative for one and all. Health screening helps identify any particular health condition or a disease lurking inside you even if you do not observe any symptoms or signs of it. Early detection helps clear complications and enables effective treatment leading to a positive outcome.
Here are some tips to help you get a better understanding of health screening:
What is health screening?
Health screening may involve the use of tests, physical examinations or other procedures to detect any prevailing diseases early in people who may look normal. It differs from regular diagnostic tests which are done when someone is already showing signs and/or symptoms of a disease(s).
Early detection reduces the cost of the treatment and promotes the well being of an individual. It is a general welfare measure for all or targeted population who may have been exposed to a health hazard. Eg. The screening of a chest x-ray of a smoker shows he is susceptible to develop lung disease.
Why should I go for health screening?
There are multiple benefits of health screening. Here are some of them:
1. Early detection of an abnormality or diseases like obesity, allergies, vision problems, cancer etc. helps in taking timely corrective measures to completely cure the disease.
2. The cost implications are much less than in advanced stages. The cost of health screening is very minimal compared to the cost of treatment.
3. The treatment complications are also minimized leading to better outcomes. So getting screened even if you are healthy goes a long way in prevention of diseases.
What kind of screening tests should I go for?
The best course would be to follow the advice of your doctor. The ideal screening test would be 100% sensitive (no false negatives) and 100% specific (no false positives). Different tests would have varying degrees of the two, but it is better to go in for a highly sensitive test since a person with a false positive test would anyhow undergo further tests for confirmation.
What should I do after health screening is done?
1) Even if your screening results are normal, you should still continue to go for regular screening at the recommended frequency, because screening only detects health conditions that are present at the time of screening. If you develop signs or symptoms after your screening, you must see your doctor without delay and not wait for your next screening appointment.
2) In case your screening results are abnormal, you should follow-up with your doctor immediately even if you feel perfectly well. Further tests may be advised if necessary, to confirm diagnosis. If delayed it may result in serious complications. So follow the advice of the doctor and take action accordingly.
Why should I go for health screening at the recommended frequency?
Many health conditions and diseases cannot be detected with a single screening test. A one- time screening will only pick up health conditions that are present at the time of screening. Regular screening helps detecting conditions that may develop after the previous screening.
Eg. Obese individuals are prone to develop diabetes hence periodical screening may show up diabetes at a later stage. Hence it is better to go for health screening at the recommended frequency.
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