The Christmas and New Year festivities are over and the holiday season is officially over.
By the way, if your neighbour or colleague in the office is not yet back, then it’s time to set up ‘a bring back my neighbour from the village fund’.
After all, in 2019, we should all aim to be our brothers’ keeper.
Now that you are back to the city, (apologies to Nollywood), I can bet you would shortly be taking your prized car for full maintenance and overhaul.
What of yourself? You think you don’t need an overhaul or maintenance abi? Germs no dey kill African man, right.
Stress na part of life abi?
Oya, clap for yourself. You too much! Just go and check your number on mumu.com because surely, you are a registered member even if you don’t know.
A routine medical assessment which would also include screening tests can detect a health condition even before it starts showing symptoms, helping you take preventive measures.
Several protocols are adopted based on the age of the individual, gender and family risk factors.
For this article, (forget doctors and our dogon turenchi o), we would adopt a common sense approach.
You know, common sense is no longer common, abi? By the way twaale, to the big bros in Abuja who has been eulogizing common sense.
Back to our discussion.
During the holidays, you must have shayoed and participated in all kinds of gbedu, so just carry yourself to your doctor.
Ideally, you should have your doctor carry out a complete physical examination which would include checking your blood pressure.
Checking your blood pressure routinely is important because the higher your blood pressure is, the higher your risk of health problems in the future.
If your blood pressure is high, it puts extra strain on your blood vessels and on your heart. This can result in a heart attack or stroke.
Hypertension has often been described as the silent killer, so your blood pressure may be high without your knowing about it.
You would also need to do a blood sugar check. There are the fasting blood sugar and random blood sugar tests amongst others.
The amount of sugar in your blood is usually controlled by a hormone called insulin. However, if you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or the insulin produced doesn’t work properly.
This causes sugar to build up in your blood and the increased levels of blood sugar can lead to severe organ damage if left untreated.
A test to evaluate your lipid profile is also recommended.
This blood test measures the total cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and LDL levels. The result of this test has a significant implication on the health of your heart. It is especially important in obese people and those with a history of heart disease.
Basic urine analysis is also essential.
It checks for the presence of proteins, sugar and blood in the urine sample, which could indicate kidney disease, among other conditions.
Based on the advice of your doctor and your age, you could go a step further.
For males, an assessment of the health of your prostate could be done by physical examination and the Prostate-specific Antigen (PSA) blood test.
For women, a comprehensive breast examination and a mammogram, if need be.
Also, a PAP smear following a cervical examination would also give a comprehensive idea on the state of the cervix. Know that breast cancer and cervical cancer are currently the most common cancers in women.
Like is commonly said health is wealth so in 2019, stay healthy and may your every good wish come true!