Health screenings can help detect potential health risks and diseases, especially those that don't produce early warning signs. However, it can be tough finding the right package and knowing how to prepare for it. Fret not, this article might just put you in the right direction and get you ready for your next health screening.
1. Go for regular screenings
A one-off screening only picks up present conditions but may not detect the ones that come up in your later years. Health screenings should be done at regular intervals depending on your age and health status, but yearly screenings are usually recommended.
You can also take the opportunity to schedule recommended vaccinations, such as the flu vaccination. It’s best to consult a doctor on how often you should get checked and what vaccinations are suitable for you.
2. Health screenings can help you detect deadly diseases
Conditions such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperlipidaemia (high fat levels in your blood), fatty liver, breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, and more, can be detected through regular screenings. However, this depends on the type of screening you go for. Basic screenings usually cover blood sugar, cholesterol and urine tests, whereas upgraded packages include a deeper analysis of your body.
3. Your screening should include a physical examination and some tests
Every basic package should include a comprehensive physical examination. This should cover reports on your height/weight, BMI and other general procedures. Basic packages should also include blood sugar, cholesterol and urine analysis. However, it is recommended to upgrade your package to one that covers a deeper analysis of your bodily functions, such as the risk of heart conditions and cancer.
4. Remember to prepare for your health screening
Before your health screening, you should fast for at least eight hours. This means that you should avoid consuming any food or drink, except for plain water. Deodorant, perfume, makeup and creams can interfere with your mammogram procedure, so remember to avoid wearing them as well. If you’re on your period, please inform the nurse or doctor as it may affect certain tests such as urine and stool tests or pap smears.
5. Don’t want to travel? Get a home-based health screening
Health screenings can take huge chunk of your time and effort. Why not save your travel time and get screened within the comfort of your own home? Doctor Anywhere offers a range of home-based health screening and vaccination services. That’s right, we’ll send a nurse right to your doorstep so you don’t have to move a muscle. Head over to our 'packages' tab to find out more about our packages.