Health check time

Marlborough Midweek - - Front Page -

So I did one of those on­line ques­tion­naire, sur­vey type things the other day, but in­stead of it telling me some­thing use­less like what kind of farm an­i­mal I am most like, it gave me a glimpse at my health.

Men’s Health Week fin­ished up on Sun­day and I de­cided to take the test and find out what my score is. Now, be­ing fairly young, some­what fit, non-smok­ing and only an oc­ca­sional drinker, I thought I would ace it. But I didn’t. I scored an only ever so slightly bet­ter than aver­age 50, fall­ing into the group that needs to, ‘‘keep your health in the fore­front of your mind’’.

I was a bit shocked to be hon­est – what do you have to do to score well?

The thing is the ques­tion­naire takes into ac­count things like when you last vis­ited a doc­tor for a check up, whether you’ve talked to your doc­tor about cancer and how stressed you are.

I al­most never see the doc­tor – it’s some­thing I’m fairly proud of – but main­te­nance is bet­ter than re­pair, far less painful and cheaper too. Had I been for some more reg­u­lar check ups I would be cruis­ing in the above aver­age bracket of the score­line.

It seems a bit counter in­tu­itive to see a doc­tor when you feel fit and healthy, but think it’s time for a visit.

Sven Hersel­man

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