Preventative health is for everyone - what should you be doing?

Prevention is better than cure and starts at any age.

Preventative health is often overlooked or taken for granted, but it is a critical aspect of maintaining overall well-being. It refers to taking proactive steps to reduce the risk of developing various illnesses and diseases before they occur. These measures can include lifestyle choices, such as exercise and healthy eating, as well as regular check-ups with healthcare professionals.

One of the most significant benefits of preventative health is that it can identify potential health issues before they become serious or life-threatening. This allows individuals to take action and make lifestyle changes or seek treatment as needed. For example, routine screenings for cancer can detect tumors early on when they are more easily treatable. Similarly, blood pressure checks can alert individuals to high levels, which can lead to heart or kidney disease if left unchecked.

Another benefit of preventative health is the cost savings associated with avoiding medical complications. Preventative actions may involve changes in lifestyle, such as exercise or healthy eating, which can ultimately lead to reduced healthcare costs. Additionally, early detection and treatment of health issues can prevent the need for costly medical interventions down the road.

So how can we practice preventative health?

Preventative health starts at any age with health checks and screenings recommended at different times in your life. This is based on not only your age, but also potential risk factors (such as family history).

Unfortunately, you may not know what checks are relevant to you and it can be hard to keep ontop of it within our already busy lives.

Fortunately, with a Doctors.com.au account, you will be automatically reminded when you are due for health checks and screenings based on your specific circumstances, including your age and family history.
So you can simply and effectively keep your health in check.

Based on your circumstances, some reminders / health checks you may receive are:

  • Cancer screenings
  • Recommendations based on differing cancer risk categories
  • Weight management
  • Dental checks
  • Eye tests
  • Hearing tests
  • Regular checks such as blood pressure
  • and more

As well as keeping ontop of your checks, some general preventive measures that can promote good health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases are:

  • Exercise regularly: Physical activity helps maintain a healthy weight, strengthens bones and muscles, and reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.

  • Eat a healthy diet: A balanced and nutritious diet that includes fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, whole grains, and healthy fats is essential to prevent chronic diseases.

  • Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight or obese increases the risk of various health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Maintaining a healthy weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise is crucial for your overall health. Check your BMI here.

  • Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can lead to various health problems, including obesity, heart disease, depression, and weakened immune system. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep every night.

  • Manage stress: Chronic stress can weaken the immune system, increase inflammation, and contribute to various health problems. Find effective ways to manage stress, such as mindfulness meditation, yoga, or talking to a therapist.

  • Limit alcohol intake: Drinking too much alcohol can lead to liver disease, high blood pressure, and other health problems. It is important to limit alcohol consumption and avoid binge drinking.

  • Quit smoking: Smoking is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases, including lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke. If you smoke, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health.

  • Stay up to date with health screenings and check-ups: Regular health screenings such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and cancer screening can help detect and prevent many health problems. It is important to schedule routine check-ups with your healthcare provider. Create your free account on doctors.com.au and let us send you the relevant tailored reminders. 

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Don't take health for granted

Preventative health promotes a better quality of life overall. By taking care of ourselves and making conscious choices to avoid potential health risks, we can enjoy more energy, vitality, and mobility. We can engage in the activities we love for longer periods without feeling limited by our physical abilities.

So, preventative health is essential for promoting a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life. It is important to make regular check-ups with healthcare providers and take the necessary steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Taking these proactive measures not only saves money and reduces the burden on healthcare systems, but it also promotes a higher quality of life overall.

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Damage to your hearing is often permanent, so it’s important to prevent hearing loss before it occurs. 

See if you are of high risk of hearing loss, if you require immediate investigation from a medical professional, and to receive reminders for when you are due for a hearing test. 

At the end of the quiz you will be presented with a recommendation based on your answers.

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