You and Your Health – Put Yourself First

November 12, 2012

You and Your Health – Put Yourself First

It’s hard to find time to do the things we want to do and especially if you are working and have a family to look after. I hear many women and men, say that they would really appreciate some time to themselves, but it just doesn’t happen.

Find time for a health check

However, if you are looking after your family and holding down a job, there’s one important part of your own life that shouldn’t be left until you’ve seen to everybody else and that’s your health. If you become ill because you didn’t find time to get to the doctor, looking after your family and working will become very difficult. So make time to go to the doctor and have an all round health check, which should include the following:

  • Blood pressure check

  • Resting heart rate check

  • Heart and lung examination

  • Weight check

  • Blood tests for sugar levels

  • Blood tests for Cholesterol and Triglycerides

Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Check

Your blood pressure will be taken to make sure that you’re not suffering from hypertension and that that your resting heart beat is as low as it should be, indicating that your hear is functioning normally.

Heart and lung examination

Your heart and lungs will be examined

by the doctor by listening through a stethoscope, he can hear if there are any anomalies.

Weight Check

You will be weighed to make sure that your weight isn’t more than it should be and if it is, the doctor will recommend that you take up some form of exercise and cut down your food intake.

Blood Tests

The blood sugar test is to make sure that your insulin levels are correct and that you do not have diabetes.

The blood test for cholesterol and triglycerides is to make sure that you are not at risk from heart disease.

Cholesterol

Cholesterol is used by the body to make vitamin D, aid food digestion and produce hormones.

HDL cholesterol is what is commonly known as good cholesterol and your HDL figure should be higher than the second cholesterol type, which is LDL , known as bad cholesterol. If the LDL is higher than the HDL it can mean that you are at risk of having blocked coronary arteries, especially if your triglycerides are found to have high levels of fat, as this will thicken your blood and prevent the passage of blood through your heart valves.

After your results

Once you have your blood test results, you can then make any changes necessary to your diet, to lower the risk factor, or, begin to take the medication prescribed by your doctor to prevent any existing condition becoming worse.

Next start an exercise routine, find something you really enjoy and try to do it at least three times a week. If you don’t want to spend a whole hour or more on exercise, then just do short bursts, three or four times a day.

Finally – take a vitamin supplement and in no time at all you will feel revitalised and full of energy.

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