When something hurts and you go to the doctor, you may already be sick. So the diagnosis should be made and special treatment prescribed, because the symptoms mean that the disease is already gaining strength. But there are a huge number of different diseases that are asymptomatic. How to identify them? With the help of examinations, check-ups and analyzes. Of course, nowadays medicine can cope with many diseases, but in health questions, it is better to be proactive, isn't it?
But please do not turn into a hypochondriac who visits private clinics every month and gets tested (by the way, here we have brought up the topic about analyzes), and do not fall into hysterics if you feel a sting in your side.
How often should you visit a doctor?
- If there are no complaints, visit the therapist once a year. Just a planned examination. More often is needed only if something hurts.
- Checking for tuberculosis - once a year. Choose yourself: fluorography or X-ray. By the way, X-rays will be even more informative, but the radiation from it, as it turned out, is even less than during air travel.
As for the vaccine against tuberculosis - everyone should do it! If there are no special contraindications or intolerances. Yes, it does not actually protect from tuberculosis, but it prevents its severe forms and complications.
- After 40 years, it is worth getting examined by an ophthalmologist annually. The purpose of such examinations is to diagnose various vision pathologies, measure intraocular pressure and, of course, remain sighted as long as possible.
- Cardiovascular disease often occurs without any precursors. Therefore, everybody should better know their level of cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure.
- For men over 30, women over 35, it is important to have a full cardiac check-up. Make an ECG, echo of the heart and neck vessels, get tested for C-reactive protein, biochemistry, thyroid function and lipid profile. Finally, during a consultation with a cardiologist you will find out the results of the above.
- To the dentist - every six months. If everything is fine with your gums, fillings, crowns, and you do not smoke, this is just for examination and professional comprehensive hygiene.
- Once every two years, after the age of 39, everyone needs to do an echo of the thyroid gland, abdominal cavity and kidneys. In addition, for men - echo of the prostate and brachiocephalic arteries, and for women - echo of the pelvic organs and mammary glands.
- For women over 40 years old - mammography once a year to diagnose breast cancer.
- For men over the age of 40 - PSA test to diagnose prostate cancer.
Here's a list. Neither more nor less. So, if you get checked more often, "just in case," it is not necessary. And if you neglect these examinations (and therefore your health), we recommend reading our article “Why is it important to look after your health”. Questions, prejudices and laziness should disappear.