Health con­scious

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Stronger, reg­u­lar check-ups and pre­ven­ta­tive med­i­ca­tion can help you com­bat dis­eases and health problems. Can­cer, heart problems and di­a­betes wreak havoc in peo­ple’s bod­ies and some­times the dam­age is so se­vere that it is dif­fi­cult to undo it. Treat­ing such dis­eases is not easy. They im­pose tremen­dous stress on the family, and if there is fa­tal­ity, the emo­tional void is hard to fill. While life threat­en­ing al­i­ments are known to show no symp­toms un­til it is too late, sta­tis­tics in­di­cate that ig­no­rance and de­lay in treat­ment causes more deaths, more than med­i­cal fail­ure ever will. Peo­ple to­day are busier than ever and health of­ten takes a back­seat for most. There is con­stant pres­sure to meet de­mands, both at home and at work.

While try­ing to jug­gle one’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, diet and sleep pat­terns go up for a toss. Un­rea­son­able work hours and dead­lines cause im­mense stress that most peo­ple, es­pe­cially in ur­ban ar­eas, try to beat it by smok­ing or con­sum­ing al­co­hol.

As a re­sult, their health takes a se­vere hit. Much of this can be avoided by un­der­go­ing reg­u­lar screen­ing and pre­ven­ta­tive check-ups. Adopt­ing the crit­i­cal pre-emp­tive mea­sures, the doc­tor rec­om­mends can help one pre­vent dis­eases from tak­ing root or de­lay them at least.

Pre­ven­ta­tive care in­volves get­ting one­self checked reg­u­larly to de­tect health problems at an early stage. Treat­ment can then be ini­ti­ated to counter the cri­sis be­fore it sets in.

Dur­ing a pre­ven­ta­tive screen­ing, the pa­tient’s blood and urine are tested for choles­terol, dif­fer­ent forms of can­cer, blood pres­sure, de­pres­sion, im­mu­nity and pain points in the body to de­ter­mine his or her over­all health con­di­tion.

As per the find­ings, the fre­quency of fur­ther check-ups is de­cided. In cases where there are pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions for some dis­eases, it is ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial to go for reg­u­lar screen­ings to fight the symp­toms as and when they ap­pear or progress to a more alarm­ing level. Early screen­ing helps main­tain good health.

Ini­tially, no health is­sue is big. Be­cause they are not di­ag­nosed in time, they some­times be­come life threat­en­ing. Health check-ups can nip many disor­ders in the bud, if peo­ple start tak­ing them se­ri­ously. For many, time con­straint is an is­sue. While it may be gen­uine for some, it is a poor ex­cuse for oth­ers. Ig­no­rance is an­other rea­son for not get­ting a check-up done. Peo­ple are not care­ful about their ill­nesses and skip see­ing the doc­tor un­til it reaches an ad­vanced stage.

As can­cer re­sults in many fa­cil­i­ties, it is im­por­tant to get one­self screened af­ter the age of 40. Pap smear and breast ex­am­i­na­tion, in par­tic­u­lar, must be un­der­taken af­ter mid-30s.

Heart re­lated dis­eases are on the rise and many peo­ple in their early 40s are get­ting af­fected. Hence, it be­comes im­per­a­tive to un­dergo a pre­ven­ta­tive screen­ing. Ad­vance­ments in screen­ing pro­ce­dures have made it pos­si­ble to iden­tify con­di­tions that could re­duce a per­son’s risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases. Apart from the good that th­ese check-ups do to one’s health, the fi­nan­cial cost in­volved in deal­ing with a dis­ease in a pro­gressed stage is huge. Bat­tling the symp­toms even be­fore they ap­pear with timely check-ups re­duces the fi­nan­cial bur­den. Sin­cere ef­forts should be made to keep our­selves healthy. As the pop­u­lar say­ing goes ‘a stitch in time saves nine’. It is im­per­a­tive that we take steps in the right di­rec­tion. By sim­ply un­der­go­ing a health check up on time, we can pre­vent or de­lay the on­set of var­i­ous health al­i­ments.

Lau­toka This week’s ‘Let­ter of the Week’ win­ner will re­ceive a Parker Pen from the

Dr Kris Naidu,

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