The Importance of Getting Regular Full Body Check-ups

According to medical practitioners we should undergo full body check-ups every six months to understand bodily changes and developments. However, health check-ups could be quarterly, half-yearly or yearly depending on factors like age and underlying conditions. But the older you get, the more important it becomes to stay vigilant and be regular about your check-ups. Full body health check-ups ensure that all your health indicators are in control. DocGenie offers the most comprehensive health check-ups. You can consult one of our GPs today and get guidance on the tests.

Benefits of full body check-ups-

  • A full body health check-up ensures that you stay on top of your health.
  • Such a check-up reduces your risk of falling ill easily.
  • Helps in diagnosing disease before it becomes severe and life threatening.
  • Ensures that you do not have to pay a fortune as medical bills.
  • Inspires you to lead a healthier and active lifestyle.
  • Keeps you informed about the possible health threats you may encounter.

While opting for such a test it is important to know about the tests that should be included in the list. Here is a list of tests for your health check package depending on your age –

For those in their twenties and thirties

  • BMI, waist and hip measurements
  • Glucose levels
  • Cholesterol
  • Certain cancer checks
  • Dental check and cleaning
  • Blood pressure
  • Breast examination

Also read: Everything You Need To Know About Breast Cancer

For sexually active ones

  • STD screenings
  • Pap smear for women

For those in their forties

  • Eye checks
  • Risk Assessment Test against Type 2 Diabetes
  • Risk Assessment test against Cardiovascular
  • Mammogram for women
  • PSA for men

Also read: How to Monitor Diabetes and Get Treated Without Going to the Hospital

For those in their fifties and sixties

  • Visual acuity
  • Hearing impairment tests
  • Osteoporosis
  • Bowel cancer screening

Also read: Staying Healthy And Fit For Later Years

Details of some essential tests –

Complete Blood Count (CBC)This test is done to diagnose anaemia, infections, certain types of cancer, etc. If the CBC is normal, do the test once a year.

Blood Pressure Test – Take note that below 120/80 is the ideal blood pressure, if the report is normal, do the test once a year.

Blood Sugar TestThe test is done after a 12-hour fasting and detects diabetes. Take note that lower than ‘99’- is the normal blood sugar level. Between 100 and 110 shows pre-diabetes and higher than that confirms diabetes. Those who are in pre-diabetes and diabetes phase need to do the HbA1C test. The test will detect the average blood sugar levels over last three months. If normal, you can do the test once a year.

Lipid Profile – The test determines the total cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and LDL levels. LDL and triglycerides should ideally be less than 130 and HDL greater than 60. If normal, you can get do the test once in two years. However, if you are overweight or have heart conditions and/or diabetes, test annually.

ECG Test – The test assesses risks of heart disease. If normal, you can get tested annually.

Liver Function Test: This test is also done annually to screen for alcohol-induced liver damage, fatty liver, Hepatitis C and B.

Urine Analysis– This test detects presence of proteins, sugar and blood in your urine sample. Any such presence could indicate kidney disease. If normal, you can get tested annually.

Kidney Function Test – The test examines your kidney function. Take note that a reading of 0.3-1.2 serum creatinine is normal. Interestingly, in this test, the size of an individual is taken into account as it plays an important role.

Thyroid Function Tests – The test detects underactive (hypothyroidism) or overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). If normal, you can get tested annually.

Vitamin D Deficiency – Vitamin D deficiency is a very common condition. However, the concern is that it increases the risk of bone loss and osteoporosis in later years. Take note that a lower than 30 reading shows deficiency.

Pap Smear Test (For Women) – Women who are sexually-active after 21 years of age must go for this test. The test identifies pre-cancerous changes in the cervix. If you are in your thirties and if three successive yearly results are found to be normal, you can repeat the test every 3-5 years. Also think of clubbing it with the HPV test.

Screening for STIs – These are tests to check for sexually transmitted diseases, like syphilis, gonorrhoea, HIV, Hepatitis B and C.

Test for Prostate Cancer (For Men) – This test checks the risk of prostate cancer. Take note that lower than 4 reading is normal. However, higher level doesn’t mean you have cancer. Consult a doc for details. You can book a session with an online doctor on DocGenie. Moreover, the new monthly packages on DocGenie site offer continuous proactive care including consultation with an experienced doctor. The tests help the doctor understand patients better, including their lifestyle, heredity risks, etc and bring in specialists if needed.

Mammogram (For Women) – The test is for breast cancer screening.

Test for Calcium – This test measures bone metabolism and is critical for women as many of them develop osteoporosis after menopause.

Uric Acid Test – This is a blood test and detects gout, a condition involving painful swelling of toes and ankles.

Colonoscopy – it is for detecting colon cancer.

You can get your regular check-up done on DocGenie platform. With our health checkups, you get complete and quality tests assessing the functionality of all your body parts.

DocGenie is an online telemedicine platform that provides you with quality healthcare from the comfort of your own space. On DocGenie, you can book an online consultation with highly-qualified doctors as well as book lab tests for home collection.