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3 reasons to get a Medical Check-up even if you feel fine

You feel fine. You don’t take medicine regularly, you don’t smoke, and you even control your diet. Chances are, you probably haven’t had a medical check-up for a while, right? However, doctors caution this method to maintain your health, since the key to a healthy living is also maintaining your body and catching any symptoms early.  Blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, urine acid and BMI are a few key health indicators you need to monitor regularly.

Preventable diseases are actually the biggest threats to our society. According to the World Health Organization, non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung diseases kill more people every year and were responsible for a whopping 50% of all deaths globally.

Of the 56.4 million deaths worldwide in 2015, Ischaemic heart disease and stroke are the world’s biggest killers, accounting for a combined 15 million eaths in 2015. These diseases have remained the leading causes of death globally for the past 15 years. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claimed 3.2 million lives in 2015, while lung cancer (along with trachea and bronchus cancers) caused 1.7 million deaths. Diabetes killed 1.6 million people in 2015.

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# 1. Prevention is better than cure

Some diseases can cause extreme complications once symptoms finally emerge. For example, many people live with Type II Diabetes at a dangerously elevated glucose levels without even realising it. You can prolong your life expectancy and by catching symptoms early from regular health screening. Certain conditions are only fatal when left untreated. You cannot always stop diseases from occurring, but you can stop them as early as possible and get it treated right away.

Tips for healthy living.

a. Annual medical check-up and health screening.

b. Eat a nutritious, balanced and healthy diet.

c. Exercise 5 times a week and at least 30 minutes for each workout.

d. Avoid tobacco and alcohol intake.

 

# 2. Your lifestyle versus your family history

You can be doing all the right things in terms of trying to live a healthy lifestyle but your genes and environment also play a key role in your life expectancy. Environmental factors such as pollution, or exposure to disease are more obvious factors, but regardless of your lifestyle, your family history and even ethnicity play a critical role in terms of your genetic risk for diseases. Likewise, if you are aware that certain conditions such as high blood pressure, cancers, or diabetes that run in your family, you can change your lifestyle to combat those risks. For some people, a family history of certain diseases can be especially alarming and a medical check-up can give them a sense of assurance that they are in good health. A medical check-up will tell you where you should make adjustments in your diet and physical activity levels.

 

# 3. Your genetic structure

For male, unsurprisingly, anatomy and hormonal composition bring their own conditions and health risks. Did you realize that 1 out of 8 men will get prostate cancer during their lifetime (Movember Europe Foundation, 2016)? What’s perhaps more surprising is that World Cancer Research Fund International reported that 68% of prostate cancer cases occurred in more developed countries. In this instance, it’s important to note that prostate tumours often develop slowly and can therefore be treated effectively if 'caught' early on through health screening. For female, after age 21, women can become more susceptible to a number of diseases in their reproductive system due to lifestyle and hormonal changes. Overall, breast cancer is the # 1 cancer in women worldwide, but check-ups can detect abnormalities early on. For women, weight and body mass index may affect the reproductive system; for example, women who are overweight with a BMI >25 % or underweight <18 % can have increased chances of infertility.