Happy 2018, everyone! By now everyone has settled back in their routines at school and work, so we thought it would be a good time to discuss the medical check-ups you need to put on the calendar for the year ahead.

Prevention is always better than cure, especially when it comes to chronic diseases. By visiting your doctors each year to get the following check-ups done, you’ll be able to make the required lifestyle changes to prevent a potentially life-altering condition in the event that your health should become compromised in any way.

Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, can cause hardening and thickening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), which may lead to a heart attack, stroke or other complications. Both men and women should have their blood pressure tested at least once a year.

Pelvic/Prostate Exam

Safeguard your reproductive health. Women should have a pelvic exam and pap smear, as well as a breast exam each year. Men need to schedule a prostate exam at a proctologist.

Skin Exam

Skin cancer rates are soaring among people in their 20s and 30s. As such, it is now recommended that both men and women schedule regular visits with a dermatologist. Individuals with a history of skin cancer in their family, or any unusual spots or moles might need to get checked more than once a year.

Dental Exam

Every adult should go for a dental exam and cleaning every six months. Your oral healthy affects the rest of your health as well, so this is crucial.

Eye Exam

Men and women should get an eye exam at least every two years if you have vision problems. Alternatively, you could ask your general health care provider to give you an indication of how often you should go pertaining to your overall health profile.

HIV Test 

Even if you are married, an annual HIV test is important to ensure peace of mind that your immune-system has not been compromised by this sexually-communicable disease. We all like to (and should!) trust our partners completely, but it’s better to know for sure. HIV can also be communicated by blood transfusion, so if you are hospitalised and receive a transfusion, a test is also recommended.

Please note: These are a few of the most important check-ups every adult should schedule every year. If you have any chronic illnesses (e.g. diabetes, glaucoma, polycystic ovarian disease, etc.) that require the input of a specialist, those check-ups should be scheduled over and above these. Children, especially those under the age of two, require different clinic check-ups and doctor’s visits. Consult your paediatrician for more information in this regard.

DID YOU KNOW? According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 70% of American deaths each year are due to chronic illnesses, many of which are extremely preventable. These statistics are even more worrying among developing nations.

Let’s make 2018 a year of robust health and well-being. Take care of yourself and your immediate family members and reap the rewards of a well-managed selfcare schedule.