For girls and women, learning how to monitor your health is one of the best ways you can love yourself. Routine checkups is a big part of lifelong wellness that should not be ignored. With a multitude of health conditions that can affect females, here are the most vital tests that every woman ought to focus on:
Blood Glucose Test- To monitor the symptoms of diabetes. Usually starts at 45 years old (younger for women who show higher risk) and is typically done once every 3 years.
Blood Pressure- Every young and active woman who are 20 & above should get their blood pressure checked once every 2 years (or females wore frequently if blood pressure levels are not optimal).
Bone Mineral Density Test:
- Bone loss for women tends to start around the age of 30.
- It is recommended that all women get tested once around that age range.
- Young women who are prone to osteoporosis should get screened as soon as they can
Cervical Cancer Screening– Women should talk to a gynecologist regarding Pap smear tests when they are 20 years old.
Cholesterol- From the age of 20 onwards, women should request for health professionals to review their cholesterol level once every 4 years (more often if stroke or other risk factors are detected).
Clinical Breast Exam- Women aged 20 & older are recommended to go for a breast examination every one to three years. Frequency of screening is based on age & the presence of abnormalities.
- Starting from 50, every women ought to undergo colonoscopy exam once every 10 years. Women with a family history of colon cancer should get the test done earlier.
- Women who come from a family with a history of colon cancer should begin earlier.
Dental Exams- Visit the dentist’s office at least twice per year for a checkup and complete tooth cleaning procedure to control plaque buildup.
Eye Exam- All women should consult an ophthalmologist by the age of 40 at least once, for a complete eye evaluation . Those who are 65 or older should start screening annually.
Hearing Test- Discuss with an Ear, Nose & Throat doctor if you are experiencing prolonged hearing issues, hear constant ringing or are prone to ear infections.
Mental health- See a psychiatrist if you have been experiencing any emotional distress or went through unsettling behavioral changes.
Sexually Transmitted Infections- Sexually active women & pregnant mothers are strongly urged to be tested for HIV & other forms of infections as a precautionary measure.
Skin health- Seek out a dermatologist to help monitor skin irregularities, strange looking moles and detect warning signs of Melanoma (Skin Cancer).
Vaccinations- All women are to check with their healthcare providers regarding the following vaccines:
- Blood Infections
- Common vaccinations (Chickenpox, influenza, Hepatitis,Tetanus, etc.)
Wellness Exam- Always attend a physical exam at least once per year to assess vaccination status, screen for illnesses and check the progress of chronic conditions.
At Wellings, we emphasize not only on your health, but your overall wellness for quality living. It is important to take note that your truest friend through the ups and downs of your health is no one other than, yourself.