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Where you read about health you will see that everyone should follow a healthy diet, get enough exercise and make sure they do not lack the sleep they need. As we move through life though, there are some tests we should have just to make sure that something nasty is not developing that we are unaware of. It is great for women to manage their stress levels, for example, but that will not be much use if they have a serious illness that has not been diagnosed.
Some conditions have no apparent symptoms for quite a while, but screening for them can discover the problem before they get that far.
Blood Glucose Levels
It has been estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of people in the US who are diabetic and not aware of it. When type 2 diabetes starts to develop the signs can go unnoticed. You might need the toilet a bit more often and notice that your circulation does not seem as good as it used to be, but there is nothing drastic that will appear for several years.
In reality, diabetes contributes to heart diseases, kidney problems and can mean the loss of toes or fingers if it is not treated. The screening for this literally takes a few seconds, and it is something you can even do at home if you buy a blood glucose monitor.
If your blood glucose levels are too high, to start with adjusting your diet will help. If the levels do not improve, your physician may prescribe you medication.
Hearing tests are another screening that can be carried out very simply and hearing aids can be prescribed if they are needed. You might not have noticed that you are becoming a little deaf, but other people will when they have to keep repeating most things they say to you.
Dental check-ups are a preventative measure that could save you much pain if a tooth turns bad. You should visit your dental surgeon at least twice a year to make sure that your teeth stay in good health.
There are various types of cancer screenings for women’s health, and you should make sure you have them at every opportunity. Things such as mammograms, which are looking for breast cancer, pap smears that help to spot cervical cancer or colon cancer screening are not the most pleasant of medical tests, but they are far preferable to having cancer.
Most women know that there are more cancers than ever that are treatable these days, but you stand an even better chance of successful treatment if the cancer is found at an early stage. That is the point of these screenings and you should not miss any of them when the time for one is due.
There are other screenings that should become part of any woman’s medical care. Blood pressure checks, cholesterol levels, bone density screening, body mass index, and skin examinations are all things that could save you much pain in the future.