Ex­pert gives tips on healthy life­styles

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The Chair­man, As­so­ci­a­tion of Gen­eral and Pri­vate Med­i­cal Prac­ti­tion­ers of Nige­ria, Dr Tunji Ak­in­tade, has ad­vised Nige­ri­ans to start the year by un­der­go­ing med­i­cal check­ups.

In an in­ter­view with our cor­re­spon­dent on Thurs­day, Ak­in­tade noted that a checkup was nec­es­sary for eval­u­a­tion and to seek med­i­cal at­ten­tion where needed.

he said, “There is no doubt that the body, for what­ever years we’ve spent on earth, needs a con­stant check, as well as rest, at a point in time. There­fore, if we need to use the body for a longer pe­riod, it is nec­es­sary to take care of it.

“At the be­gin­ning of the year, my ad­vice is that we should go for a checkup, we need to eval­u­ate the chal­lenges that our body had in pre­vi­ous years. There is the need for peo­ple to go for a reg­u­lar med­i­cal checkup this New Year at a cer­ti­fied fa­cil­ity by a cer­ti­fied prac­ti­tioner.”

The Gen­eral health Physi­cian added that a com­pre­hen­sive would go be­yond the reg­u­lar phys­i­cal checks, say­ing that vi­tal body or­gans must be checked for proper eval­u­a­tion.

“There is also the need to check the heart, lungs and re­pro­duc­tive or­gans to de­ter­mine the kind of care to give to these body or­gans.

“how com­pre­hen­sive you will go de­pends on the plan you have un­der your health scheme. There is also the need for the prac­ti­tioner to do a re­view of your health sta­tus in or­der to know your med­i­cal his­tory. Also, your body mass in­dex must be checked,” he said.

he also ad­vised Nige­ri­ans to cut down on al­co­hol and their smoking habits, adding that ex­er­cise must be pri­ori­tised by in­di­vid­u­als in the New Year.

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