If getting men to the doctor sometimes takes tenacity, then finding time in your diary to fit in a checkup or two takes extreme juggling skills. But fitting in those all-important checkups must be done, even if some of them are less than comfortable experiences.
We’ve put together this quick checklist for you, to make it easier to remember which appointments are mission critical when it comes to your physical and mental wellbeing. Take a look:
The Quick Ones
- Blood Pressure and Glucose Tests
The great part about these tests is that you don’t need to make a doctor’s appointment for them – many clinics and pharmacies have on-site testing facilities so you can pop in during a lunch break. Alternatively, when you go for your annual physical checkup at your doctor, you can ask to include them in your checkup.
- Visit The Dentist
Having your teeth checked at least once a year is important, but having them checked at least twice a year is ideal. Your dentist won’t just check for cavities or tooth decay, but will also ensure your gums are in good shape.
- Have Your Eyes Tested
If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you probably know this one well – you need to have your eyes tested at least once a year, to adjust your lenses to how your eyes have changed over time. Even if you’re glasses and contact lenses-free, having your eyes tested and checked by an optometrist once a year helps to identify any deterioration of vision and ensure you’re able to keep a good eye on everything you need to do each day.
These Ones Will Need A Little More Time
- Bone Density Screening
While you may be fit and healthy, the health of your bones is not something you can easily highlight issues with. Bone Density screenings are recommended for all women over the age of 40, as the likelihood of Osteoporosis increases from then. That said, if you have a family history of Osteoporosis, it’s a good idea to start your bone density screenings earlier in life.
- Pap Smear
Popping into your gynaecologist isn’t exactly an item for the bucket list, but an annual pap smear is important, to ensure that you are free from cancerous or pre-cancerous cells.
- Breast Check
While you may be doing your regular self-examinations, an annual breast check is also important, so book that appointment with your specialist. Depending on your age and family history, you may need to go for an ultrasound or mammogram. While these procedures are famed for being a little uncomfortable, they’re absolutely worth it for your peace of mind.
- Skin Check
If you’re concerned about any moles, it’s important to get those checked out as soon as possible. Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in South Africa, and having your skin assessed and checked is relatively easy.
LifeDoc Can Help
Need help keeping track of all these health visits? LifeDoc™ can help. LifeDoc™ makes it easy to plan your appointments in their Lady’s Diary, log important health-related events and it’s easily accessible, from wherever you are. Register here or like the LifeDoc™ Facebook page for regular updates. You can also stay on track with LifeDoc™ developments on Twitter.