It can be easy to avoid regular checkups at the doctor’s office when you’re in your 20’s and 30’s — after all, you are young, strong and busy. Although you feel fit, you might not be living a healthy lifestyle.
But the ability to maintain a healthy living and strong throughout your life relies heavily on physical activity and how you treat your body when you’re young. By scheduling routine health checkups, you may be able to detect and prevent illnesses or other conditions early.
Here’s what you should be mindful of when it comes to healthy living in your 20’s and 30’s.
Yes, You Need a Physical and Health Tips
Take the time to find a general physician that you like and speak with them about how often you should receive a physical and whether you should consider a health insurance.
Physical exams help to screen for early signs of diseases and conditions – like high blood pressure or cholesterol – that could cause health problems when you’re older. Identifying potential problems early lets your doctor arrange for immediate intervention and treatment, which in turn can improve your chances of recovering from illnesses or their side effects.
Women in their 20’s should also book annual gynaecologist visits, that may include a full physical exam and pelvic.
Don’t forget to update your immunisations. Consider getting an annual flu shot and an acellular pertussis (whooping cough) booster every 10 years. You may also need the following:
- Chickenpox vaccine
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine
- Pneumonia vaccine
Visit a Dentist Yearly
Do you want to keep your pearly whites in prime chomping condition? Then you will have to go to the dentist. Visiting the dentist at least once a year may help to prevent long-term tooth loss and gum disease. Smokers, diabetics, or those with a family history of dental issues may need to see their dentist more frequently. Should you fear problems you might want to consider getting a health insurance.
See an Eye Doctor Even If You See Well
Even if you have 20/20 vision, regular eye exams can help detect early signs of disease. Your eye doctor can check for the following:
- High blood pressure
Check Your Family History
Before booking your first medical check-up, call a family member to find out what diseases and conditions run in your family. Your health insurance and care providers will likely ask about your family medical history, as certain conditions may require more frequent check-ups or annual testing.
When to Visit a Specialist
If you suspect you are at high risk for certain diseases and conditions, see your general physician first. If needed, you will need to arrange a referral to a specialist, such as a gynaecologist for female reproductive issues or a dermatologist for skin conditions.
Even if you are the picture of a healthy lifestyle in your 20s and 30s and engage in physical activity, stay on top of routine health exams and tests. A few hours of your time now is a small price to pay for preventing and treating medical issues that could affect you for years to come.