10 Health Checkups You Didn’t Know You Needed

Are you healthy? Are you sure? No matter your fitness level, it’s a good idea to regularly check for potential health risks – especially since early detection is so important to beating so many diseases. Here are 10 tests you should incorporate into your health routine, both at home and at the doctor’s office.

Disclaimer: The information in this article and site are not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult a medical professional with any questions or concerns.

1. Waist Circumference Test.

Even if you’re not overweight, a large waist circumference ups your risk of an early death – and many doctors don’t check the waist circumference in normal-weight patients. To measure your waist, wrap measuring tape around yourself at the level of your belly button. Women’s waists should be less than 35 inches; men’s waists should be less than 40 inches. You should also check your waist-hip and waist-height ratios. Your waist circumference should be less than half your height. And your waist divided by your hip’s widest point shouldn’t go over 0.8.

2. Mental Health Screening.

Think you might be struggling with depression but not ready to see a professional? These tests – although not foolproof –  might give you a better idea of your mental states with regard to anxiety, depression and various other conditions. However, it’s best to see a professional for an accurate diagnosis.

3. Skin Check.

Skin cancer is incredibly common – and incredibly treatable as long as it’s caught early. Check your whole body for moles every month, looking out for the ABCDE warning signs: Assymetrical, Border irregularity, Uneven color, Diameter over 6mm, Evolving shape and size. See a dermatologist if you see anything suspicious. And if you don’t, you should still see a dermatologist annually – especially if you’re fair-skinned, have a lot of sun exposure, or have a family history of skin cancer.

4. Audiogram.

If you blast music on your earphones every day, you might want to consider getting your hearing checked. Ask your doctor about an audiogram, and follow up every 2 – 5 years. And even if your hearing is fine, you should still consider turning the volume down.

5. Sitting-Rising Test.

This test was developed by Brazilian researchers and can predict your risk of death in the next 6 years. To perform it, sit down on the floor and get up without using your hands, knees or other body parts as you do. Subtract a point for every body part you use. Your score at the end determines your risk of death – so if you score 6 to 7.5, you’re 1.8 more times likely to die, while scoring 0 – 3 means you’re 6.5 times more likely to die. If your number scares you, start eating right and exercising!

6. STD Test.

Far too many of us refuse to get STD tests because we’re scared – but they’re crucial for our sexual health! Get tested yearly, even if you’re in a monogamous relationship. Better safe than sorry, right?

7. Resting Heart Rate.

Your resting heart rate is a great indicator of heart health and fitness levels. To check it, find your pulse on your wrist and neck and count how many beats are in 15 seconds. Multiply that number by 4 to learn your resting heart rate. Anything below 60 or over 100 might be cause for concern. You should also discuss any irregularities, like skipped beats or an odd rhythm, with your doctor.

8. Nail Health.

Did you know that your nails are a great indicator of your overall health? For example, white spots on your nails might indicate a zinc deficiency, while brittleness could indicate a lack of calcium. Learn the signs you should watch out for here.

9. Palm Check.

Did you know that your palm could indicate if you have an iron deficiency? All you have to do is spread out your fingers and check the creases. No matter your skin color, pale palm creases might be a sign of anemia. If you see these, check with your doctor and add a little steak to your diet.

10. Pelvic Floor Test.

Clench the muscles you use to stop the flow of urine and hold for 10 seconds, then release. How many of these can you do? If the answer is less than 15, you may have a weak pelvic floor – which can lead to incontinence and is a risk factor for various sexual problems. There are several exercises, including Kegels, that can improve your pelvic floor strength. Try these to start.

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Written by Sasha Graffagna

Photo Credit: ResoluteSupportMedia via Compfight cc

Are you healthy? Are you sure? No matter your fitness level, it’s a good idea to regularly check for potential health risks – especially since early detection is so important to beating so many diseases. Here are 10 tests you should incorporate into your health routine, both at home and at the doctor’s office.

Disclaimer: The information in this article and site are not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult a medical professional with any questions or concerns.

1. Waist Circumference Test.

Even if you’re not overweight, a large waist circumference ups your risk of an early death – and many doctors don’t check the waist circumference in normal-weight patients. To measure your waist, wrap measuring tape around yourself at the level of your belly button. Women’s waists should be less than 35 inches; men’s waists should be less than 40 inches. You should also check your waist-hip and waist-height ratios. Your waist circumference should be less than half your height. And your waist divided by your hip’s widest point shouldn’t go over 0.8.

2. Mental Health Screening.

Think you might be struggling with depression but not ready to see a professional? These tests – although not foolproof –  might give you a better idea of your mental states with regard to anxiety, depression and various other conditions. However, it’s best to see a professional for an accurate diagnosis.

3. Skin Check.

Skin cancer is incredibly common – and incredibly treatable as long as it’s caught early. Check your whole body for moles every month, looking out for the ABCDE warning signs: Assymetrical, Border irregularity, Uneven color, Diameter over 6mm, Evolving shape and size. See a dermatologist if you see anything suspicious. And if you don’t, you should still see a dermatologist annually – especially if you’re fair-skinned, have a lot of sun exposure, or have a family history of skin cancer.

4. Audiogram.

If you blast music on your earphones every day, you might want to consider getting your hearing checked. Ask your doctor about an audiogram, and follow up every 2 – 5 years. And even if your hearing is fine, you should still consider turning the volume down.

5. Sitting-Rising Test.

This test was developed by Brazilian researchers and can predict your risk of death in the next 6 years. To perform it, sit down on the floor and get up without using your hands, knees or other body parts as you do. Subtract a point for every body part you use. Your score at the end determines your risk of death – so if you score 6 to 7.5, you’re 1.8 more times likely to die, while scoring 0 – 3 means you’re 6.5 times more likely to die. If your number scares you, start eating right and exercising!

6. STD Test.

Far too many of us refuse to get STD tests because we’re scared – but they’re crucial for our sexual health! Get tested yearly, even if you’re in a monogamous relationship. Better safe than sorry, right?

7. Resting Heart Rate.

Your resting heart rate is a great indicator of heart health and fitness levels. To check it, find your pulse on your wrist and neck and count how many beats are in 15 seconds. Multiply that number by 4 to learn your resting heart rate. Anything below 60 or over 100 might be cause for concern. You should also discuss any irregularities, like skipped beats or an odd rhythm, with your doctor.

8. Nail Health.

Did you know that your nails are a great indicator of your overall health? For example, white spots on your nails might indicate a zinc deficiency, while brittleness could indicate a lack of calcium. Learn the signs you should watch out for here.

9. Palm Check.

Did you know that your palm could indicate if you have an iron deficiency? All you have to do is spread out your fingers and check the creases. No matter your skin color, pale palm creases might be a sign of anemia. If you see these, check with your doctor and add a little steak to your diet.

10. Pelvic Floor Test.

Clench the muscles you use to stop the flow of urine and hold for 10 seconds, then release. How many of these can you do? If the answer is less than 15, you may have a weak pelvic floor – which can lead to incontinence and is a risk factor for various sexual problems. There are several exercises, including Kegels, that can improve your pelvic floor strength. Try these to start.

Liked this? Learn about Addyi: The New Libido Booster for Women!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Photo Credit: ResoluteSupportMedia via Compfight cc

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