It is typical to ignore the signs and symptoms of your body functioning at less than its’ peak performance. We tend to make excuses, like “I am getting old” or just simply ignoring the obvious. If you are curious what some of these symptoms might be, try looking at or completing these:
- Dr. Oz. has a quiz consisting of 41 questions, www.doctoroz.com/quiz/quiz-how-healthy-are-you, that takes you through a variety of symptoms that reflect potential health problems.
- Center for Balanced Health, http://centerforbalancedhealth.com/ , print and complete the Health Indicator form http://centerforbalancedhealth.com/themes/cfbh/docs/HealthIndicator.pdf.
Both surveys are short and easy to complete. They will help assess the state of your health. Take notes with any questions or detailed information about any potential health risk; Then, make a reservation with your doctor so that any health threat can be identified as quickly as possible. Being prepared with a list will help you get the most out of your visit.
A healthy lifestyle often takes a back seat to wining and dining, doing things for others and anything else that might need your attention at the moment. Taking care of yourself, should be a top priority for the new year. Most medical conditions, if caught early, turn out to be a minor inconvenience. If on the other hand, you avoid check-ups and appointments with your health care providers, you lose the advantage of early disease detection which is a major disadvantage as time is no longer on your side. More harm is done by avoiding care and forgoing an early diagnosis. Time then, becomes your enemy and a major risk to compromised health.
Living a healthy lifestyle and getting risk factors measured as a preventive step against illness is well worth your effort. Here is a list of health screenings typically done during an annual exam and specific screenings are listed for both men and women, http://www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-living/getting-regular-checkups.aspx.
This year put your well-being first. The first of the year make a reservation with your doctor. Get a bill you will be happy to receive. If your doctor serves up a clean bill of health you can move forward with a clear mind. If not, take the time to get your health in check. When managed early, many health issues are uncomplicated and can be treated easily. Otherwise poor health can creep up on you faster than you realize making it more difficult to reverse undesirable health parameters.
Get out your calendar, pick up the phone and make a reservation to meet with your doctor. Open the lines of communication with your caregivers, take an active role in being healthy, take care of yourself.
I have made my reservations to monitor my health. What are you waiting for? Do the right thing, start the year off right. Stay healthy or get healthy but make good health happen. Let the Times Square New Years’ Eve Ball be the icon for your yearly date with your healthcare provider.
Happy and Healthy New Year to all!