Ask anyone what they think they should do to keep healthy, and you’ll get answers like “eating a balanced diet” and “exercising more”. What you probably won’t hear is “go for regular health screenings”. However, health screenings are incredibly important in staying healthy. Health screenings can help detect potential health risks and diseases, especially those that don’t have early warning signs.
Haven’t done your health screening in a while? Here’s what you need to know to get ready for your next health screening.
Health screening isn’t just a one-off.
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, health status and family history. There are different types of health screening available, depending on what your needs are:
- A basic health screening typically covers screening for obesity and chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. n general, going for an annual basic health check-up is a good practice to adopt.
- More comprehensive packages would include screening for thyroid, STDs, cancer markers, and so on. For these tests, you may want to consult your doctor on how often you should get screened.
While you’re getting screened, you can also take the opportunity to schedule your recommended vaccinations, such as the flu vaccination.
Health screenings can help you detect deadly diseases
Conditions such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperlipidemia (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.
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.
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.
Specifically for ladies:
- 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.
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. We’ll send a mobile health screening team to your home, to save you the hassle of travelling down to a clinic.
Want to get started on your health screening? Book an appointment now on our DA Marketplace.