Keeping on track with your health starts with regular health check-ups. Read on for why health checks are important, and how often male and females should book in.

“If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything,” Nana would always say.

Health check-ups at an appropriate time help your chances of preventing health problems throughout your life.

What is a health check-up?

According to BUPA, your GP will examine your current state of health. Based on your lifestyle, medical history and family history, they will determine and conduct tests according to your stage in life.

Why are health check-ups important?

They help to find, prevent, and lessen the effect of health issues.

“It’s like getting your car serviced before it breaks down. It’s better to avoid disease than to treat it.” – BUPA

When you regularly visit a GP, you begin to build a relationship with them and feel more comfortable to talk openly. They will get to know you, and properly understand your health needs and concerns.

Male health check-ups:

Men can be reluctant to visit a doctor, however they are vital to preventing serious health issues from developing. Men of all ages are recommended to get a health check-up on a yearly basis.

Male check-ups can involve tests that relate specifically to men, including:

  • Blood pressure check-up
  • Cholesterol level test
  • Prostate check
  • Colon and rectum exam
  • Excess weight check
  • Eye check-up
  • Dental examination
  • STI screenings
  • Skin cancer check

Before your examination, doctors sometimes recommended to refrain from eating solid foods for the 24 hours prior.

Female health check-ups:

With a working lifestyle, it can be difficult to schedule in a doctor’s visit. However, women should aim to visit their GP yearly. An annual visit can prevent some serious health issues from developing.

Female check-ups can involve tests that relate specifically to women, including:

  • Mammogram
  • Pap test
  • Blood pressure check-up
  • Cholesterol level test
  • Excess weight check
  • Eye check-up
  • Dental examination
  • STI screenings
  • Skin cancer check

Health check-ups during pregnancy also include an immunisation status check and blood tests.

Check-ups in your 50s or later include a bone density scan, faecal occult blood test (FOBT) and a hearing assessment.

If you haven’t had a check-up in the while, it’s a New Year so contact your local GP to book in.