You know the old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That’s why we’ve put together this list of 10 health screenings all women should have. These are tests that can catch problems early when they’re easiest to treat. If you have any of these conditions, having them diagnosed early can help you manage them better and prevent more serious problems down the road.
This article mentions some important tests that every woman must have to keep good care of their health. Read on!
1. Blood Pressure Screening
Blood pressure is an important health indicator and can be affected by many things, such as stress, diet, exercise, weight, and family history. Blood pressure screenings are meant to detect high blood pressure before it becomes a problem.
If you have high blood pressure, your doctor may recommend more frequent checks or medication to help manage it. If you have low blood pressure, which is less common than high blood pressure, your doctor will likely suggest lifestyle changes to raise your levels.
2. Hormone Tests
When you notice your body getting low on energy and feeling constantly fatigued, there is a high possibility that you have a hormone imbalance in your body. The human body has more than 51 hormones that regulate the functioning of various organs and glands. It is one test that confirms pregnancy and tracks menopause or imbalance in the body.
Many medical facilities offer cost-free checkups to inform people about conditions related to hormonal imbalance. So, if you have any doubts, you might as well book a free consultation at a care centre. You can share your symptoms and get the tests done accordingly. Healthcare providers suggest never ignoring hormonal conditions, which may become significant health issues later in life.
3. Cholesterol Check
Your cholesterol level is a key indicator of your heart health. High levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol can lead to plaque buildup in your arteries, which can cause blood clots or even heart attacks if not treated appropriately.
High cholesterol is often inherited from family members, but it can also be caused by diet and lifestyle factors like smoking, being overweight, and lack of exercise.
Mammograms are X-ray images of breast tissue. They can detect changes in the breast tissue and help doctors identify lumps or other abnormalities in time to treat them properly. The American Cancer Society recommends that women over 40 get a mammogram yearly as part of their annual checkup, but some doctors recommend getting screened every other year instead.
5. Bone Density Screening
Women who are between the ages of 65 and 70 should get a bone density test every two years. This test measures the density of the bones in your spine, hips, or both. It also helps determine whether you have osteoporosis (weak bones). If you’re at risk for osteoporosis, you may need to take medications such as Fosamax or Boniva (which help slow down bone loss).
6. Blood Glucose Tests
Blood glucose tests can help screen for diabetes and prediabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends that adults get tested every three years if they’re not at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
7. Colon Cancer Screening
A colonoscopy is the best way to diagnose colon cancer at an early stage before it can spread. This test looks for polyps (growths) in the colon and rectum that can turn into cancer if not treated. Screening usually starts at age 45, but some groups may start earlier or later than this. Talk with your doctor about whether you need a colonoscopy and how often it should be done.
8. Body Mass Index
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person’s weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.
9. Skin Examination
The skin is a window to your health, so it’s important to have a skin exam every year. Your doctor will examine the colour and texture of your skin and look for any moles, blemishes, or other irregularities that may need attention.
10. Dental Checkup
Having healthy teeth and gums is essential for overall health. A dental checkup can help you prevent tooth decay and gum disease and identify any problems early on so they can be treated before they become more serious.
The bottom line is that women must take control of their health and understand their bodies. If you think you might have one of these conditions, don’t be afraid to make an appointment. These steps can help you live longer and happier. So get going!
DISCLOSURE – This is a collaborative post.