Healthy living made easy: the routine checks you should never skip

Most of us have an interest in healthy living. The trouble is that often, we tend to focus our attention on healthy eating and exercise. While this is incredibly important, it’s essential not to overlook other aspects of your health. One of the best and easiest ways of keeping tabs on your health and wellbeing is attending routine checks. If you’re eager to boost your health in the year ahead, here are some appointments you should never skip.

Dental checks
Be honest. When was the last time you went to the dentist? If you haven’t been for a dental check in the last 12 months, you could be putting your oral and general health at risk. Dental appointments are designed to highlight signs of developing conditions, and you shouldn’t assume that you don’t need to see the dentist if you haven’t had any problems since your last check. Dentists are trained to detect signs of problems like decay and gum disease before they cause noticeable symptoms. If you attend regular checks, you can reduce your risk of developing caries and gum disease, you’ll lower treatment costs in the long-run, and you’ll improve your general health. Studies show that poor oral health can increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Eye tests
Many of us are guilty of taking our sight for granted. If you haven’t been for an eye test for as long as you can remember, it’s a good idea to visit your optician. Some problems can develop very slowly, and this means that you may not seek help until your vision has deteriorated or you require treatment such as cataract surgery. If you attend regular appointments, this enables your optician to keep an eye on your vision and to check for early warning signs of cataracts or damage to the retina. It’s particularly important to pick up the phone if you’ve noticed changes in your vision or you’ve started to strain when you’re trying to read or see things up close or at a distance. To protect your eyes, wear sunglasses on bright days, take regular breaks throughout the day if you work on a computer for long periods of time and use eyecare software.

Blood pressure
Do you know what your blood pressure reading is? High blood pressure is one of the most significant risk factors for heart attacks and strokes, and low blood pressure can make you feel dizzy and lethargic. Often, the symptoms of high blood pressure are hard to detect, and this is why regular testing is so important. If you have high blood pressure, your doctor can recommend lifestyle changes, and they may also prescribe medication. It takes a matter of minutes to check your blood pressure, and it could save your life.

Pap test
Cervical cancer death rates have fallen by approximately 50 percent in the last 30 years in the US, and this is largely due to screening. If you are due your test, don’t put it off. It may be uncomfortable and a little awkward, but it could make the difference between life and death.

Good health is something none of us can be sure of. However, there are steps you can take to improve your health and prevent some common conditions. If you have checks that are overdue, now is the time to make those appointments.


  1. When we have kids, I think most of us make sure we get the kids into appointments and neglect ourselves. Our job as moms depend on us being in the best of health. Great post about making sure we have regular checks!

  2. Yep, I'm guilty of not going to the dentist or the eye doctor since we moved from Wisconsin to Iowa. 2 years. That means I'm probably about due! Eek!


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