Fathers are not given a lot of credit or say mileage in a family and most of the time it is the mother who is the center of attention when it comes to the sacrifices and hard work she does. Off-course it does hold true, but a father’s hard work and sacrifice is also equally important and most of the time just like women of the family, even men tend to ignore their own health keeping forth the needs of their family members. So, here’s the time when you can give a gift to your father as a working son or daughter, a small memento that speaks for itself, that you care.
BLOOD PRESSURE – Blood Pressure or hypertension is also known as a silent killer and is a major cause of heart attacks or strokes for that matter. Hence regular blood pressure checkups are a good idea. Though a yearly screening is what the doctors suggest, you might as well keep a blood pressure checkup device at home and check on a weekly basis.
LIPID PROFILE – Cholesterol is also another major cause of heart attack or stroke. Hence screening is important to check if your cholesterol levels are under control. If they are not then you will need to make modifications to your diet besides taking up medications.
COLONOSCOPY – Once you touch-base the mark of 50 in terms of age, colonoscopy is recommended every 10 years. It is recommended that if there are any polyps found, then it needs to be done more frequently, particularly if there is a family history of colorectal cancer.
VACCINATIONS – We as kids take vaccinations to protect ourselves against diseases and conditions but many of us are not aware of the fact that as we age the effect of these vaccinations perishes. After 65 years, you need to get a pneumococcal vaccine because it can cause a lot many conditions. Even a tetanus booster is a must-have post 10 years.
EYE CHECKUP – Eye checkup is an advisable screening post 40 years itself. But once you cross 60 make, every year screening is a good idea.
DIABETES CHECKUP – Diabetes, a very common condition in India and post 45 it’s advisable to screen yourself for diabetes every year. To check if you have diabetes or not you need to do your blood sugar checkup every year.
PROSTATE SPECIFIC – It is a vital test for men after 50 more so if prostate cancer runs in the family. The test involves the screen of a rectal area and measurement of PSA levels (prostate-specific antigen) in blood.
AUDIOGRAM – Hearing loss is common as we age. At times it could also be due to some medical condition. Hence, it’s advisable to do a hearing test once a year after 60 years of age.
PERIODONTAL EXAM – Oral health is one thing that many of us tend to ignore against other conditions. But, with age, it becomes all the more important to take care of your dental health. Hence it is advisable to go for a teeth checkup once a year and cleaning twice a year.
SKIN CHECK – There are millions of people with skin cancer across the globe and it is advisable to schedule a check-up if you find any suspicious moles, particularly.