You might feel like you’re in perfect health, but you never know what tomorrow might bring. There are plenty of conditions and health concerns that can come on gradually, even invisibly, that you could be entirely unaware of. This is even more likely to be the case if you’re getting a little older. 

It’s important to make sure that you’re taking the time to check on your health. The more thorough you are now, the easier it can be to manage your health in the future. Here, we’re going to look at some of the checks you should be making on a regular basis and why it’s so crucial to do just that.

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The big C

Cancer affects at least 1 in 4 people, with some estimating that the real figure makes it even more common than that. There are some self-examinations you can do at home, such as checking your breasts if you are a woman, or checking your testicles if you are a man. However, you should still make sure that you’re getting the recommended cancer screening tests, especially if you fall within certain categories. For instance, experts typically suggest that women over the age of 21 have a cervical cancer screening test at least once a year. 

You should get to know your blood pressure

One of the most common chronic health concerns for people of any age (but that is significantly more likely as you get older) is high blood pressure. Also known as hypertension, it refers to when the pressure in your blood vessels is higher than it should be. Hypertension can lead to heart attacks, heart failure, strokes, and kidney disease amongst other problems, making it very serious, indeed. You can have your hypertension treated and managed. However, the important thing to know is that there are no symptoms associated with it. The best way to make sure that you’re warding off this condition is to have your blood pressure checked at least once a year.

Check your cholesterol while you’re there

You might not like the thought of getting jabbed by a needle, but it’s just as important to have your cholesterol profile taken, as well. High cholesterol can be the cause of a few different conditions, such as atherosclerosis, which is when fatty deposits harden and grow in the blood vessels, blocking the movement of blood through the body and leading to an increased chance of a heart attack and stroke. Cholesterol is also linked with diabetes, which, when diagnosed, cannot be cured but only managed.

Open wide for the dentist

Make sure that you’re taking a trip to the dentist when you’re making your daily physical plans, as well. You want to make sure that you’re giving yourself the proper oral health care and, even if you’re very careful to maintain a good routine at home, you can’t judge how healthy your teeth are yourself. The dentist needs to do a thorough check for the signs of decay as well as gum disease, which can often go unnoticed for a long time. They also provide routine cleaning that helps you keep your teeth in good condition.

Keep an eye on eye health

You might not need to see an optician quite as often as you need to see other doctors. However, if you have never had your eyes checked or you haven’t had them checked since childhood, it’s a good idea to go and arrange an eye exam. The process of changes to your vision, especially when related to age, can be very slow and, thus, very difficult to notice by yourself. However, if you do have undiagnosed difficulty with your vision, the quality of life differences provided by glasses should not be underestimated. 

Listen up 

As is the case with your eyes, any changes to your hearing can be gradual. Unless there’s a sudden blockage or change to your hearing due to earwax, fluid buildup, or otherwise, you might not even notice the signs of hearing loss until they become very apparent. As such, it’s a good idea to have your ears checked. Checking them out while young, even if there’s nothing wrong with them, can provide a baseline test that can make any future hearing loss a lot easier to detect and diagnose, as well.

It’s on you to make sure that you’re being responsible with your body and taking the time to get up-to-date with how it’s doing. This is the single best way to make sure that you’re likely to live a long and healthy life.