Your Body Called – See How Many Of These Body Care Checkups You Can Tick
Yes, you feel fine. Sure, you’re the picture of health. You’re as right as rain and hale and hearty. Chances are you haven’t seen a doctor for your body care in ages and we bet you’re very proud of that.
As much as we dislike bursting people’s bubbles – pop! – the key to a long, healthy and happy life involves many things and includes checking in with your GP once in a while. A caring GP can help maintain that good health of yours and can prevent little problems from becoming big, bad, serious issues.
If your body could talk – oh wait – it can! Okay then, if the non-vocal parts of your body could talk – then there’s a long list of regular health check-ups they would love you to have – and here’s just a few:
Sticky Fatty Stuff: Trust us when we say that the Mile High Cholesterol Club is not one you want to belong to. However, if you’re a frequent flyer at certain fast-food joints, then it’s likely that your artery walls are festooned with this fatty, waxy, vein-throttling substance. If you don’t check your cholesterol levels regularly, then you put yourself at risk of heart disease and stroke. So, lower your cholesterol levels and you lower your risk. Simples.
Public Cervix Announcement: As of May 2017 – in Australia – the time between PAP Tests will change from every two to every five years for women aged 25 to 74. Yes, your vagina will only be turned into an archaeological dig once every five years! Isn’t that great news? Would you like more good news? Those 15 minutes spent staring at the ceiling of your doctor’s room every five years can easily pick up any irregularities – and if they do, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. You just have to book that appointment!
The Tooth Fairy called too: Your oral health is far more important than you might appreciate – and it’s not just about keeping the Tooth Fairy happy and avoiding toothache. Poor oral health can lead to problems like malnutrition and infections in other parts of your body. A sure indication that you need to have a check-up is that you can’t remember the last time you had one!
Rumpy pumpy: Oh yes, it’s all fun and games – until someone gets Chlamydia! Once you become sexually active – boom chikka wow wow – having regular sexual health check-ups becomes super important. Left untreated some STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) can lead to icky and pretty serious health problems including infertility and cancer. In the meantime always remember this little slogan: Wrap it in plastic! It’ll be fantastic! You’re welcome!
Dangly bits: Your family jewels, your jingle bells, your goolies – call them what you will – you need to self-examine these regularly for any unusual lumps or swellings. Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer among young men aged 15 to 34. Thankfully, 95 percent of cases can be completely cured – if – caught early. If you’re a woman and reading this – please tell the men in your life! #awkward #butpotentially #lifesaving #convo
Get your mamms grammed: Kylie and Olivia Newton John have had it and Angelina Jolie chose mastectomy to prevent it. Lucky for us, Breast Screen Australia offers free mammograms every two years to women aged between 50 and 74. Breast self-examination once a month is highly recommended also. You’ll get to know your boobies well and can notice any changes more easily. Hey, you might even learn to juggle.
This is ourselves – under pressure: High blood pressure puts undue stress on the cardiovascular system – a stress it is not designed to deal with. If your blood pressure is high, your heart pretty much hates it – and it would tell you so, if only it could. Hypertension – the medical term for high blood pressure – can damage not only the heart but the kidneys and your blood vessels too. So, ask your GP to pretty please take your blood pressure every 6 months. Some more tips on how to reduce your stress
Skinny Dipping: You probably think this bullet point is going to be about nudity and water – and you’d be kind of right. It’s definitively about getting naked and while starkers taking a good, long look at yourself. Yup, those moles are not going to check themselves. Self examination of your skin is something you should carry out regularly and to do it while showering just happens to be a great idea. A proper skin examination by a doctor meanwhile, including photography if necessary, is what you should do every six months. And yes, we’re going to say it: slip, slop, slap! Always! More skin care tips here
Eye See: An Eye Exam every two years will not only detect abnormalities such as glaucoma (that can cause loss of vision) but can also pick up changes due to diabetes, macular degeneration (another cause of vision loss) and other problems that can affect your ability to drive for example, or increase your risk of falls (when you’re sober) or compromise your safety in the workplace. Plus! You might need glasses and spectacles are so hipster right now…
If your body really could talk – it would also ask you to do two more very important things:
Drink more water: Drinking 8 x 8 ounce glasses of water per day is nothing short of fabulous for your health and wellbeing. It increases energy, relieves fatigue, flushes out toxins, improves your complexion, promotes weight loss, aids digestion, boosts your immune system and saves you money! Yep, water is free while that mocha-chino choco-latte is not. More on why your body loves it when you drink water
Sleep 7 to 8 hours per night: A lack of adequate sleep has consequences – and frankly, none of them are very good. If you’d like to increase your risk for serious health concerns such as obesity, disease and even early death (very melodramatic we know!) then please go ahead and have four hours’ sleep per night. However when you sleep well and for at least 7 or 8 hours, you give your brain the time it needs to signal to your body a heap of important stuff – like the release of crucial hormones and compounds that decrease your risk of developing certain health conditions for example. Skipping sleep? What that can mean for your body
When it comes to your health, prevention is better than treatment – especially if it helps you avoid something for which there is no cure. So, take charge of your health and schedule an appointment with your GP to discuss what screenings and exams you might benefit from – Promise? Promise!