No one likes medical testing. It’s something we do; we bite our lips, nod along with the doctor’s suggestion, go through the test, worry obsessively about the results, and then move on with our lives.
So why on earth would you volunteer for testing?
The reason is simple: prevention is always better than a cure. With the right tests, you can get a unique insight into your health before problems truly have the chance to strengthen and become difficult to treat. Oddly enough, testing is actually the most effective way of preventing the need for further tests in the future– because you can handle developing issues before they become too problematic.
If you want to take advantage of medical innovations to allow you the opportunity to keep a firm eye on your health, then here are a few tests you might want to consider asking your doctor for.
Diabetes affected more than 9% of the American public in 2015, and some people have it for awhile before ever being aware of the fact. Given the potential for the condition to cause severe health difficulties in the future, it is worth undergoing pre-screening tests to uncover diabetes risk factors – early detection of these can allow you to prevent the illness from ever developing and to enable prompt treatment if there is a need to do so. The screening tests are simple and quick, and can make a huge difference in your health going forward.
A DEXA scan — sometimes known as a DXA scan — is a measure of bone density. If you have ever used hormonal contraceptives, then this test is a particularly good idea, as contraceptives can cause loss of bone density. A DEXA scan will allow you to have an insight into how your bones are maturing; if problems are identified, you will be able to take reparative action before the issues become chronic.
Mammograms & Breast Thermography
All women should be examining their breasts once a month, but if you have a history of breast cancer in your family, a mammogram is an additional screening tool that could help improve early detection of any problems. I personally suggest you research Breast Thermography as an alternative. Either way, make sure you know the best way to perform self-examinations so you are more familiar with your own body.
Cervical Smear / Pap Smear Test
If you have not had a cervical smear test in the last three years, then you’re due for a checkup. Many women avoid Pap smears as they are slightly uncomfortable due to the pressure from the speculum, but regular testing can actually save your life. If you have never had a Pap test before, then there’s a great primer in this video that will help you know what to expect.
So while medical tests might not be your favorite way to spend an afternoon, there’s no doubt that the tests mentioned above can help you take control of your health in a way you have never been able to do before. Talk to your doctor and see which of these options would be a good idea for you.