Health is the only thing we cannot buy with money, therefore it is the most valuable thing we have. But, in these modern times when making the wrong decision in terms of dieting or bad habits is so easy, health can easily be worsened and that’s not a good thing at all, especially if you’re an adult.
When we were younger, our health was untouchable. We ate gummy bears and went out with freshly-shampooed hair. Rarely any of us got sick or felt unwell, and we didn’t have a care in the world. Fast forward a few years and things are very, very different. As an adult, eating one portion of fast food makes you feel awful for a long time. But why is that so? Aren’t adults supposed to be more “durable” than children in terms of everything? Not.
In today’s article, we’ll talk about visiting doctors for regular checkups during our adult life. In case you are interested in learning how often you should do it, now’s the right time to learn more. Let’s take a look.
Getting your bloodwork done – Once every four months
Your bloodwork is the first test you should do in case you suspect something is wrong with your health. Without a bloodwork analysis, you cannot know what’s going on in your body. There are very few conditions that cannot be discovered by the doctor through a bloodwork analysis, but everything else can.
Doing such a test is not only useful for detecting if something in your body is about to go downhill. A bloodwork analysis will help you learn whether the diet you’re following is good for you or not. By inspecting your blood type you can also get to know which types of food you should avoid. This is called the blood-type-diet-test and it can be done by any specialist. Elaiada.com recommends checking the condition of your blood once every four months. You can do it more often if you want to but it should be at least once every four months.
Checking your physical abilities – Once per year
A systematic check of your entire body is recommended at least once per year. Even if you are someone who regularly exercises and follows a healthy diet, it’s still worth checking things out at the doctor. You see, some things show up unexpectedly and you won’t know about them unless a doctor notices something suspicious during the checkups.
These tests include basic cardiovascular activities such as running on a treadmill for a given duration or doing some basic stairclimbing. Then, you’ll do a few pushups, situps, and squats. If all goes well, you’re given a green light about your physical health from the doctor. You can then use these test results to prove to an employer you’re perfectly physically fit for a job, in case the job requires you to be like that.
Different age groups have different frequency needs
Now comes the part where we stop generalizing adults and split things into age groups instead. Take a look at this detailed separation and you’ll know best in which category you fall into.
- Adults younger than 30 years
A regular checkup for the entire body, including a visit to an internist and a physical check once every two and a half to three years.
- Adults between the age of 30 and 40 years
Obesity, diabetes, and other negative conditions which are pretty common for this age group start appearing unexpectedly, therefore they need to be examined and found as early as possible. For this particular age group, doctors recommend a full test once every year.
- Adults older than 50 years
This is where things need to be more frequent. It’s well-known that as you grow older the chances for an illness increase and diseases are treated much more difficult. We recommend regular checkups but consult with your doctor for the most accurate schedule.
These things may vary individually
Some people inherited certain conditions that need to be checked a lot more regularly. So, if you happen to be one of them, don’t follow this list and instead speak with your doctor to get accurate information about the frequency of your checkups.
This also applies to people who live unhealthy lifestyles or are obese due to following a bad diet. So, it’s safe to say this is highly individual. However, if you feel like you don’t belong in any of these groups, you can follow the recommendations we listed above based on the age groups.
Irregular doctor appointments
If you’ve done a full-body test two months ago, then you probably think there are at least ten more months before you do another one. True, but sometimes you need to schedule an irregular appointment in case you notice something strange is going on. In case you notice any strange symptoms with your skin or anything similar, you should get it checked out immediately.
Even a regular cough is a serious thing in the eyes of a doctor, even though it seems pretty pointless to us. It’s usually the smaller things that may lead to a scarier issue later on. It’s always best to speak to your doctor openly about anything happening to your body. After all, that’s what they’re here for.
Regular checkups at the doctor ensure you avoid any major health issues later on. These checkups can include the most basic forms of health-testing such as doing bloodwork, checking the condition of your heart and other major organs, as well as testing things such as eyesight and reflexes.
Doctor checkups are required for some of the major milestones in our lives, such as acquiring a driver’s license or getting employed at a job that requires individuals to be perfectly healthy. Don’t neglect the importance of this and give your doctor a call. Until the next time, stay safe and remember to wear a mask. Thank you for reading.