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Should a health check be just for people who are sick or suffering with symptoms? We don't think so.
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There are many stages of life which pose new challenges and it’s easy to overlook our health if we don’t have any symptoms. However, there may be times in our lives when we could benefit from a having a health check, whether to provide us with key insights into our health, to give us peace of mind or just to ensure we feel at our best. Here are 7 reasons why we think it is important to have a health check:
1. Establish your baseline
Many people associate health screens with the older generations, but there are good reasons to have a health check when you are in your 20’s and 30’s. Knowing “what is normal for you” means that you can monitor your health over time and know when something changes which can be the trigger to take action.
Key tests: Cholesterol, Diabetes, Liver Health
2. Planning a family
This is a great time to make sure that you have healthy levels of vital nutrients to support a healthy pregnancy as well as ensuring that there are no underlying conditions that could affect your or your baby’s health.
Key Tests: Thyroid Function, Folate, Iron Status, Vitamin D
3. Optimising your performance
You don’t have to be a professional athlete to benefit from an all-round health check. By checking key biomarkers in your blood you can fine-tune your nutrition, training and recovery to get you to your new personal bests, and our personalised online dashboard makes it easy to track and monitor you progress.
Key Tests: Full Blood Count, Inflammation Check, Testosterone, Ferritin
4. Reaching new milestones
The biggest risk factor for most diseases that affect us as we age is age itself. Once you reach your 40’s and 50’s it is important to check your status for diabetes, cholesterol, liver health and other markers that can be improved through lifestyle changes before they become irreversible.
Key Tests: Liver Health, Diabetes, Heart Disease Risk;
5. Lost your “get up and go";
We all go through phases when we just don’t feel ourselves. Sometimes that can simply be because we are doing too much or not getting enough sleep. But sometimes the answer can be found in a simple health check. Low levels of certain vitamins and minerals and conditions such as diabetes and thyroid disorders are all associated with tiredness and fatigue so if you feel more lethargic than usual it may be time for a health check.
Key Tests: Iron Status, Vitamin B12 and Folate, Diabetes, Thyroid Function, Vitamin D
6. Investigate a family history
Although many conditions can be caused by unhealthy lifestyles or our environment, our family history can also play a part. Knowing where you stand on issues that could affect you later in life is an important step in managing your health, and will give you the knowledge you need to make important changes early.
Key Tests: Cholesterol, Full Blood Count, Thyroid Function, Diabetes
7. Peace of Mind
You don’t have to be ill to benefit from a comprehensive health check. Nothing puts a spring in your step more than a clean bill of health. And if something is amiss? Rest assured that most of the conditions we test for can be reversed through lifestyle changes or medication if caught early enough.
Key Tests: Heart Disease Risk, Liver Health, Kidney Function
The Medichecks best selling health checks Well Man UltraVit and Well Woman UltraVit tests are our most comprehensive health checks and include all the key tests mentioned above, as well as cancer markers, hormones and bone health tests, making them a vital tool in understanding your current state of health. All tests can be done in the comfort of your own home with an easy-to-use home test kit. Samples are then posted back to an accredited laboratory with results made available on your own personal dashboard, enabling you to easily track and monitor your progress. Order a health check today and take control of your health.