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A Complete Guide to Health Check-Ups

A Complete Guide to Health Check-Ups

When you hit the big 4-0, it’s a good time to take stock of your physical health and schedule a health MOT. By the age of 40, even if you’ve taken great care of yourself, your body might be showing a bit of wear and tear. It might be even more noticeable if you haven’t focused on health and fitness in your younger years. You might find the scales creeping up, experience a bit of huffing whilst going up the stairs or have just noticed a few new niggles. Pearl Chemist Group offers a convenient, compassionate health check in Morden.

What is the reason for a health check?
Even if you’ve been great about health and fitness, everyone is susceptible to certain genetic dispositions such as heart disease or cancer. Regular health checks are the best way to make sure health issues are caught and treated at the earliest point. For example, high blood pressure. If you get regular health checks, and your blood pressure is high enough to be problematic, treatments can be given to you in order to avoid more serious illnesses such as stroke or cardiac issues which, if left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to.

What is involved in a health check?
A general health check above the age of 40 will assess your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes (type 2), kidney disease and stroke. A health check takes about 20-30 minutes. You’ll be asked questions about your family history and choices in your own life which may or may not put your health at risk. Your vital statistics will be recorded – such as your weight, age, sex and ethnicity.  Ethnicity is relevant because certain ethnicities have higher risks for certain diseases. You’ll also have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked.

You’ll receive any relevant results and be advised as to how to make any changes to decrease any risks. These may be simply lifestyle changes or lifestyle changes combined with medications, if necessary.

What factors increase my risks?

  • Being overweight
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Not eating well
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

Whether you have increased risk factors or not, having regular health checks when you are age 40 and above is something you should be working into your regular health routine. Pearl Chemist Group offers discrete and convenient health checks in Morden. Book online today  www.pearlchemistgroup.co.uk

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