Many people know the things they need to do to keep healthy, but they just don’t do them. Remember, it is only by preparing and actively taking control of your health that you can stay well; believe me, it’s better to stay well than to get well.
Today I want to share with you part I of my 11 health optimizers to fine-tune your body.
- Skin exam – Skin cancer is on the rise. It is very simple to detect precancerous cells or early cancer. Remember, even one sunburn doubles your chances of getting sunburn in your lifetime, particularly if it made a blister.
- Dental exam – 40 percent of people who have dental insurance or whom it wouldn’t cost much to go to the dentist don’t go because they’re afraid. What they don’t realize is that if they just went regularly –every year or twice a year – and had regular cleanings, it wouldn’t be painful. What people often don’t realize is that the plaque on their teeth that is getting cleaned off, eventually becomes the plaque in their arteries and actually sets the stage for atherosclerosis and hardening of the arteries.
- Eye exam – Your eyes are very important and it’s important to keep them healthy. In order to keep your vision strong, I advise you to get an eye exam. By looking into the eyes and looking at the retina – the inner back part of the eye –its possible to see diseases such as heart disease, atherosclerosis, or changes that could suggest diabetes.
- Body Mass Index – The BMI is a test that tells you if you are overweight, underweight, or average weight. The way it works is a special formula that combines your height, weight, and age. Your weight matters, and it can have a great impact on your overall health.
- Blood Pressure – Your blood pressure measures how hard your heart is pumping blood through your arteries to get to the rest of your body. If your blood pressure is to high, it can lead to an increased risk of stroke and heart attack. It is a silent killer, but can be easily treated if you get it measured.
Tune in next week to get Part II of the Health Optimizers series.
Until next time,
Dr. Mache Seibel, Founder of My Menopause Magazine http://bit.ly/MyMenoMag
Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School