Time to get a full health check-up
Following the ancient saying of Hippocartes: prevention is better than cure. And even if the chances to suffer from sleep apnea increases with the age (1), it is not reasonable to wait to turn 60 to get a full health check-up and know the shape you are in. Besides, getting some medical statistics helps your doctor to follow you up in the long term and to know the evolution of your health.
A health check-up will test many parts of your body:
- Blood sample to check the health of your vital organs (to check the levels of blood glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, transaminases, Gamma-GT, and THS for thyroid after 50 years old).
- Body Mass Index (BMI: height, weight, water, fat and muscular body masses),
- Electrocardiogram for your heart
- Blood pressure,
- Breathing capacity (“spirometry”) to people who suffer from asthma, respiratory diseases or smoking problems,
- Urinalysis test to check the presence of blood, albumina or sugars.
For a full health check-up, add the following tests:
- Lung x-rays,
- Gynecological examinations,
- Hemoccult test (for colorectal cancer),
- Memory tests for older patients.
This check-up will only last half a day and of course you don’t have to get one every year. After discussing the results with your doctor, you will be able to adapt your sports activity to your physical capacities, and take the right action to improve your health. Contact your doctor for your personalised health check-up.