What is Preventive Health Check up?
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being. Eating right, getting exercise and enough sleep is necessary, as is avoiding tobacco, alcohol, drugs, excess salt and sugar intake. In spite of taking all the necessary steps in ensuring our complete well being, one can never be too sure. Uncertainties are always there. Critical illness may come knocking anytime.
A Preventive Health Checkup aims to identify and minimize risk factors in addition to detecting illnesses at an early stage. Research all over the globe has proven that it is more economical, not to mention far less distressing, to invest in an annual Preventive Health Checkup rather than visiting a hospital only when an emergency strikes.
At Fortis Hospital, we understand the importance of early detection and timely treatment, which is why we combine world class medical care with Preventive Health Checkups to endorse healthy living.
Why Preventive Health Checkup?
With the advancement in medical science, many infectious diseases have been conquered through vaccinations and antibiotics. However, with changes in lifestyle, many diseases such as Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart conditions and Obesity are on the rise. Modern lifestyle doesn’t leave much time for exercise or having a healthy diet, leading to an increase in unhealthy habits and deterioration of general health, which further leads to lifestyle diseases.
A number of these lifestyle diseases such as Diabetes are silent; they do not have early symptoms and require timely screening to get detected. Cancer can only be treated if diagnosed at an early stage. Early detection and treatment of a host of ailments and diseases translates to a better chance of recovery.
An early detection means offering treatment at a more favourable stage or taking action to prevent the disease. It is essential to have a coordinated, strategic prevention approach that promotes healthy behaviour, helps early detection and diagnosis of disease, supports people of every age, and eliminates health disparities. For example, among people with Diabetes, annual eye and foot exams can reduce vision loss and lower-extremity amputations. Similarly, keeping a healthy BP and healthy blood cholesterol levels greatly reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Early detection coupled with a few lifestyle changes can go a long way in prevention and cure of these diseases, enabling people to enjoy a better quality of life. After all, prevention is the best prescription for a healthy and long life.
Preventive healthcare provides many direct benefits to the individual-
- Comfort- A Preventive Health Checkup saves you from the distress of uncomfortable, painful symptoms and medical procedures.
- Economy- Research all over the globe has proven that it is more economical to invest in an annual Preventive Health Checkup rather than going to a hospital in case of an emergency, owing to the expensive medical care.
- Perks-Preventive healthcare is an investment or personal insurance. Take advantage of any preventive benefits that your insurance company offers.
- Inexpensive- Weigh the relatively inexpensive cost of regular check-ups against the enormous expense of major care such as cancer treatment or long-term home healthcare. Major medical expenses often burn a major hole into one’s lifetime of savings. The years of frugally planning, saving and investing in order to enjoy your retirement years can be erased by neglecting physical health during those same years.
What can it detect?
A major aspect of Preventive Health Checkup is the early detection and treatment of any lurking serious conditions. A regular visit to your healthcare professional not only ensures your well-being, but also catches the onset of preventable diseases, saving you a lot of distress and expense. We have some major conditions listed below that can commonly be identified by a Preventive Health Checkup.
- Cancers including Breast cancer and cervical cancer in women
- Diabetes and other metabolic disorders
- Cardiovascular Diseases (High blood pressure, High Cholesterol etc)
- Micronutrient deficiencies like Osteoporosis and Osteopenia
- Overweight and Obesity