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Why You Need to Schedule Regular Health Checkups

5 Reasons a Health Checkup Is a Must

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You’ve probably heard time and again how regular medical checkups are something you should consider. However, some people suggest they are a waste of time and money. In this article, we will go through the reasons and ways you can benefit from simple health tests.

Early Diagnosis

Whether you take annual, biannual, or any other periodical health screening, there is a chance your tests will discover a disease at an early stage. Early detection has proven beneficial, especially in cancer treatment. According to a study published by the American Cancer Society, the survival rate of stage I cancer patients is 100% if it is spotted early. Almost 40% of people will be diagnosed with cancer at one point during their lifetime. That’s precisely why regular health tests might prove to be the difference between life and death.


Naturally, that does not apply solely to cancer. Chronic diseases are often treatable as well. While such a condition might not disappear completely, the symptoms could be addressed to ensure a normal life.

Risk Elimination

By performing a routine health checkup, not only can people ensure that they are perfectly healthy, but they can also reduce the risk of chronic disease. Based on the results of patients’ tests, a doctor could also suggest a change in one’s lifestyle. A switch to a healthy diet and altering one’s life choices can lower the risk of high blood pressure or hypertension. These can, in some cases, even lead to stroke or heart failure.

 Luckily, hypertension is easily detected. As soon as the patient is diagnosed, they can proceed to make changes that would avoid further damage. The best way to treat a disease is to prevent it from appearing in the first place.

 There are several ways one could do that, such as vaccination and immunisation. Both examples are considered to be primary prevention. Secondary prevention, for example, includes the Papanicolaou test for cervical cancer that can spot abnormalities.

 Regular blood checkups can remove the risk of many diseases altogether. 

Detailed Information About Your Health

Of course, not everything has to be doom and gloom, and by having a regular health checkup, the patient can ensure that everything is in order. Besides, it will help create accurate medical documentation, as well as understand family history with any potential risks to patient’s health. You are probably aware that every time you visit a doctor, they will ask you whether anyone of your kin suffered from an illness. The main reason is to test for hereditary disease.

 On the other hand, if anything goes awry in the future, the patient will have a full and detailed medical documentation that covers everything. The biggest advantage is that doctors won’t have to stumble in the dark since they will have full access to all the information regarding one’s health.

 While it might seem insignificant, proper medical history can make all the difference in the world. Besides, neither you nor the doctor will have to fill in forms before any treatment.


Blood Tests

Another important reason for a health check is a blood test. It is not rare that the doctor will suggest taking one. While a blood test can show signs of potential disease, it can also evaluate how well organs are working. The doctor will get a better understanding of how well the liver, kidneys, heart, and thyroid are working, for example. Blood tests are among the most accessible and most accurate tests you can find, and they can spot even the slightest changes in your organism including any changes in your immune system or nutritional deficiencies.


But there is so much more to regular blood tests. The results can show if the medicine the patient is taking is working correctly. Similarly, they could help diagnose conditions and diseases like cancer, HIV/AIDS, anemia, diabetes, coronary heart disease, and so much more. The doctor will also have a better understanding of how your blood works, if it is clotting properly, or if there is a risk of heart disease.

 Naturally, many people might want to shun this type of test because of needles. But you should remember that there is so much you can learn and do for your health and body by taking a simple blood test. There are several types available, and each will show results in no time. Among the most common ones are cholesterol and lipid tests, full blood count, and various vitamin tests.

Saving Money

Yes. The patients will save more money by taking regular checkups. People often believe that they are a waste of money and that they shouldn’t spend it on a doctor if they feel fine. But maintenance is key. It is much easier to treat a minor ailment than a severe illness.

 If you’re still in doubt, take a look at diabetes, for example. Early detection can help prevent the disease, while people diagnosed with it will spend thousands of dollars each year on necessary treatment. Additionally, this doesn’t apply only to severe illnesses but all other conditions too. Early treatment is not only simpler but cheaper as well. It is always a better choice to prevent a chronic disease than treat it.

 Doctors have been talking about annual physicals for ages, and the reasons are simple — they can help you save time, money, and reduce stress. Investing in your health will make your every day feel safer. Aside from that, you’ll also be able to spot any irregularity before it becomes something worse. Last but not least, since health care is not exactly cheap, it might be best to solve a problem before it even arises.


It is a fact that early diagnosis will increase one’s chances for treatment. Even modern medicine has limitations. That is why it is always a better choice to eliminate the possibility of a disease appearing than it is to look for a cure. Regular checkups will help you preserve your health and keep you informed about any possible conditions and threats to your wellness.

 While it is always a good idea to save money, it is more important to take care of your health. Luckily, regular health checkups will help you do just that.


Early diagnosis will increase one’s chances for treatment

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