How to Monitor Your Own Health Between Checkups

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It is quite normal to go for regular health check-ups and blood tests, but how can you make sure you are keeping well in between them? You may well see your physician twice a year to see if all is well, but what can you do and what signs should you look for until your next visit? Here are some tips to help you stay healthy between checkups…

Have A Healthy Lifestyle

A healthy diet will help you to stay well between visits to your physician. The three major things you should try to fit into your diet every day are fruit, vegetables, and fiber. You should also make sure you are active for at least part of the day, and find time for some relaxation too. These things all form part of a healthy lifestyle and will help to keep you fit until your next checkup.

Sleeping Well

If your sleep patterns have not changed and you sleep well each night, that will go a long way toward your general well-being. However, if you notice that you are having disturbed nights or trouble sleeping, that could be a sign that something is not right. After 8 hours every night, you should feel alert and energetic. If you feel sluggish during the day, this could be another sign that something is wrong.

Keep on eye on your sleep and if it changes, speak to your physician before the checkup time arrives.

Watch The Color Of Your Urine

Your urine should ideally be the color of pale straw. If it is dark, it could simply be a sign you are not getting enough fluids, but it could also be something more serious. If you get it tested at a place like LifeBrite Laboratories, you can find out for sure and potentially put your mind at rest There are also companies, including that one, which will carry out blood tests to search for illnesses and vitamin deficiencies amongst other things, so you can really get a grip on your health and make any changes necessary.

Are You Losing Hair?

Hair loss can be attributed to several health conditions, including thyroid disease and low levels of iron in your blood. If your hairbrush seems to have more of your hair than your head, make an appointment with your physician to get checked out now.

Check Your Extremities If You Are Diabetic

People with diabetes can suffer from problems with their extremities, especially the feet. If you are diabetic, check your feet every day for broken skin, blisters, cuts, bruises, and fungus. If they are clear, it is usually a sign that you are managing your blood sugar levels well. If you have any of these symptoms you should visit your doctor now rather than wait for your checkup.

Check Your Heartbeat After Exercise

Immediately after finishing exercise count how many times your heart beats in 15 seconds. Then multiply that by 4 to give you the rate for 1 minute.   Sit back and relax for two minutes and then do the same thing again. The difference between the two numbers should be more than 55 and if it is not, you need to see your physician soon.

Women with a poor heart rate are more likely to have a heart attack than men, but whatever gender you are you should not ignore a poor heart rate.

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