Don’t Let the Year End Without Doing These 10 Health Checks

As we come to the end of another year, it’s important that we take a moment to reflect on all that has happened in the past twelve months – and more importantly, what we still need to do before the clock strikes midnight on December 31. For many people, one of their New Year’s resolutions is to get themselves into better shape both physically and mentally, and there’s no time like the present to start! So if you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check off some essential health checks from your list.

take care of yourself – inspirational handwriting on a napkin with a glass of green juice

Check Your Weight

A healthy weight range is essential for overall health, so make sure you get on the scales and check if your current weight is within a healthy range. If it’s not, don’t worry – there are plenty of resources online that can help you to lose or gain weight in a safe and sustainable way.

Check Your Blood Pressure

Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases one’s risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases – which makes this an important health check to carry out regularly. Most pharmacies have machines that allow you to do self-monitoring tests at home.

Check Your Cholesterol Levels

High levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) in the blood can increase your risk of heart disease, so it’s important to monitor these levels regularly. If you have high cholesterol, consult your doctor for advice on how to reduce it.

Check Your Blood Sugar Levels

If you are at risk of diabetes or already have been diagnosed with it, monitoring your blood sugar levels is essential. Having trouble keeping track? Consider investing in a home glucose monitoring machine – they aren’t expensive and will help keep you healthy!

Get Vaccinated

It may seem like a hassle, but getting vaccinated for common illnesses such as influenza and Pertussis (whooping cough) can save you from a world of hurt – so make sure you get your annual vaccinations and schedule in booster shots where needed.

Have Your Eyes Tested

Poor vision can be the source of many health issues, so it’s important to have your eyes tested regularly (especially if you experience strain when focusing on close-up objects). Most opticians offer free eye tests – take advantage and look after your peepers!

Have Your Hearing Tested

Just like poor eyesight, untreated hearing loss can lead to health complications as well as hinder communication with others. Having your hearing tested every year or two will help you keep tabs on any deterioration, ensuring you are able to enjoy life for years to come.

Check Your Lymph Nodes

Your lymph nodes are important for fighting off infections, so make sure you check them regularly for any abnormalities. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with your doctor.

Check For Skin Irregularities

From moles and blemishes to actinic keratosis and skin cancer, it’s important to keep an eye on your skin for any signs of distress or changes in texture/colouration. Again, if something doesn’t look quite right – consult a dermatologist as soon as you can.

Get Your Teeth Cleaned

As we all know, regular dental check-ups are important for keeping your chompers in tip-top condition – and more importantly, can prevent serious health problems from forming. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Make a quick appointment at a dental clinic before the year is out!

So there you have it – ten essential health checks to carry out before the year is up! Remember, looking after your physical and mental wellbeing should always be a priority, so don’t neglect these important steps. Here’s to a happy, healthy holiday season and New Year!

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