Maintaining your health contributes significantly to quality of life. This involves good lifestyle habits amongst other things. A good starting point to improving your health is to have a check-up with your doctor.
The main aim of a check-up is to prevent or detect illness at an early stage. It is surprising how many conditions are picked up on routine medicals; diabetes, breast lumps, elevated blood pressure, and skin cancers to name few. The check-up is a good time to do routine tests like cervical screening, diabetes screening and cholesterol tests. It is also an ideal time to discuss lifestyle factors like smoking, excess weight and stress. Health education is an important part of any medical check-up.
There is no clear rule about how frequently people should have a check-up. In adults up to about 40 years, a check-up every two years is appropriate. If there happened to be an underlying health problem, more frequent reviews would be necessary. Older adults should be seen every year or so.
After some general enquiries, the person’s health is discussed system by system. Then a thorough physical examination is performed, and relevant investigations are arranged.
Maintaining or improving our health should be a high priority. Money spent on a routine check-up is a good investment.
Myhealth Mentone offers some structured Health Assessments targeted at specific age groups with a focus on preventative health. The “Over-75 Health Assessment” focuses on maintaining a person’s independence in the community. The “45-49 year old Health Assessment” looks at various factors for the prevention or early detection of medical illness.
Because a medical check-up takes considerably longer than a normal consultation it is best to let the receptionist know in advance.