World Health Day 2019: Health tests you should get done regularly

World Health Day 2019: It is important to visit a doctor at regular intervals and get some basic tests done to assess the risk of any future medical issues.
We all know that prevention is better than cure, which is why it is essential to keep a check on our eating habits, exercise regularly and maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, it is also important to regularly visit the doctor and get some basic tests done to assess the risk of any future medical issues, and start medication if required.
On World Health Day, which is celebrated on April 7 every year, Doctor recommends a few tests a person should get done regularly. β€œIt is good to visit a doctor periodically, even if you feel healthy,” he says.
Blood pressure check-up, blood tests – Get the cholesterol levels and blood triglycerides checked, among other things. High levels may indicate an increased risk of various health problems, including heart disease. In such cases people should also get Electrocardiogram (ECG), which detects heart abnormalities, done. It is also essential to check for obesity levels. Being overweight is a significant risk factor for many health conditions, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Ask your doctor to check your Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist measurement every two years. If you are at a higher risk, you should have your weight checked more frequently.
There is a lot of awareness with respect to cancer awareness. Cases of breast cancer have definitely gone up because there is awareness and we are able to catch it early. Women between the age group of 15 to 80 years are most affected by these diseases. Women, after the age of 40, should get a Pap Smear done to check for cervical cancer, and a breast screening mammography is adviced for women after the age of 45. For those who have a family history of the diseases are at a higher risk, and the tests are recommended between the age of 35-40 years. The tests should be done every three to five years.