As we get older the risks of developing different medical conditions increase and even though we hate to admit it, aging brings along a lot more worries than just the occasional wrinkle or two. That’s why medical experts advise everyone older than 30, at least once a year, to go to an annual medical checkup or at least check the following parameters once a year. They are crucial if we want to preserve our health and prevent serious medical conditions.
High blood pressure isn’t called the “silent killer” for no reason, it takes more lives than any other condition on a yearly basis, mostly because it’s often left untreated and undiagnosed until it’s too late. There are virtually no symptoms accompanying this serious medical condition but it can really put your life in danger. Even if your cardiovascular system is in perfect health or there’s no history of the disease in your family you should still measure your pressure regularly.
Once a year you need to check your cholesterol levels, at least. But if you have a history of elevated cholesterol levels or if you’re battling excess weight you need to check it every three to four months and make sure it’s under control.
Blood sugar levels
If you’re healthy, the pancreas, who secretes insulin, regulates your blood sugar levels. The pancreas and its functions may be affected by a number of other conditions and even by excess weight, which leads to a disruption in your insulin production and an increase in your blood sugar levels. If left untreated it may lead to diabetes, which is a very serious condition. Your blood sugar levels should be tested at least once a year.
TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone)
One in every 10 women experience some kind of thyroid problem throughout life, some less serious while others with deadly consequences. Irregular function of the thyroid can be manifested through different symptoms and the affected person can even have normal levels of the T3 and T4 hormones which can be quite misleading. That’s why it’s best to monitor the TSH levels (the hormone secreted by the pituitary gland) because if a person has elevated levels of this hormone it usually indicates a thyroid problem. That’s why you need to test your TSH levels on a yearly basis even if you feel just fine.