The Health Checks That Keep You Younger For Longer

Being middle-aged isn’t something that anybody wants to accept. It creeps up on you slowly and no matter how hard you try to hold onto your youth, at some point, you’ve got to admit that you aren’t twenty anymore. But getting older doesn’t mean you have to stop doing all of the things that you used to love doing, you’re only as old as you feel. Maintaining good health will help you to stay younger for longer, and the best way to do that is to catch any health problems early on. Doctors agree that prevention is far better than treatment when it comes to staying healthy. Eating right and exercising regularly will help to stave off a lot of the health problems associated with older people but that’s only half the battle. A lot of these issues aren’t going to have obvious symptoms until they’re more developed, and it can be difficult to know whether the lifestyle changes that you’re making are actually having an effect. These are the health checks that can give you those answers and keep you feeling younger for longer.

 

Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure is one of the most common, and dangerous health problems that people start to develop later in life. It can damage all areas of your body including your heart, your brain, your kidneys, and even your eyesight. It often goes unnoticed but when it gets bad, there are symptoms. Recurring headaches, fatigue, chest pains, and blood in your urine. Any one of these is a cause for concern and you should get it seen to right away. But even if you aren’t experiencing any of those problems, you could still have high blood pressure. Go to the doctor and get it checked regularly, it’s fairly easy to treat if you catch it early on.


Hearing Problems

When you think of hearing problems, you’re probably picturing elderly people with hearing aids but it starts long before that. It’s a slow climb that you might not notice early on. Having a hearing test every year can catch any problems before they get too bad. Hearing loss is often caused by lifestyle factors and it can be reversed. Having a hearing test to diagnose those problems sooner rather than later could prevent you from losing your hearing completely.

Eyes

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Problems with your eyesight are almost inevitable as you get older but if you don’t get them diagnosed early, they’ll be worse in the long run. If you need glasses but you don’t have any, you’ll be putting unnecessary strain on them and damaging them further. Regular eye tests might mean the difference between having to wear glasses some of the time and needing them on constantly.   

Cholesterol

You’ve probably seen plenty of products that are advertised as low-cholesterol alternatives but do you really need them? Cholesterol is an important part of a healthy body. It helps with Vitamin D production and aids in digestion, but you can have too much of a good thing. If your cholesterol levels are too high, your risk of heart disease is massively increased. High cholesterol levels can be inherited so have your doctor check your family history to see if you’re at risk. Getting your cholesterol checked regularly will help identify any problems. If your cholesterol levels are too high, you’ll need to start swapping some of your foods out with those alternatives that you’ve seen advertised.

Blood Sugar

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If your blood sugar levels are too high, you risk developing diabetes. Having a long-term health problem like diabetes is certainly not going to make you feel young. As you get older, the food that you eat has more of a negative effect on your body so you need to start being more careful about what you’re eating. Having your doctor check your blood sugar levels means that they can tell you if it’s getting a bit too high and you can alter your diet to regulate it before it becomes a serious health problem.

 

Moles

Moles and other skin blemishes are often a sign of a larger health problem so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on them. Check them yourself on a regular basis and look out for any major changes. Beyond that, you should have a doctor check your skin thoroughly at least once a year. When you’re checking your moles you should be aware of any new ones that have appeared as well as any that have gotten bigger or changed color. Any moles that don’t have a clear border or have an irregular color should be checked by a doctor straight away.

Going to the doctor for these checkups might feel like admitting defeat, but it’ll keep you feeling younger for longer.

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