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December 2, 2013

Your Health Checklist

Your Health Checklist Your Health Checklist

Last updated: April 25, 2014

Julie Fitzgerald

Author: Julie Fitzgerald

Category: Everyday health

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Keep on top of your health for the year ahead with this free printable 2014 health checklist and planner.
Your Health Checklist

It can be easy to forget about your health checks, especially if you have no symptoms or pain.

But when it comes to health, prevention and awareness could save your life.

Bodies need an MOT/NCT too. So to make it easier, use your printable Health Checklist to plan and organise your appointments, and jog your memory this year.

Download your Health Checklist

Benefits of health checks

  1. Prevent conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, cervical cancer and tooth decay.
  2. Early detection can give you a greater chance of recovery.
  3. Be less vulnerable to long and short term illness.
  4. Minimise disruption to your life or work.
  5. Detect possible life-threatening illnesses before they become untreatable.
  6. Less chance of surgery or radical treatments.
  7. Live longer!

How to use the Health and Wellbeing Checklist

Print the PDF Health checklist and place it somewhere you will see it often.
Talk to your GP about what you and your family need to get checked.
Make the appointments and fill in your checklist.
If a follow up is needed, fill the date in as soon as you get it.
Use the blank sections to note other appointments you may need, such as mental health checks, sexual health tests and pregnancy/fertility related check-ups.

A rough guide to health checks

Depending on your age, medical conditions and other factors, the regularity of your check-ups and tests may vary. Contact your Doctor, Dentist and Optician for more personalised information. In some cases, a doctor may order tests depending on your family's medical history. So it’s important to know as much about it as possible.

Blood pressure check: If you have no previous history of high blood pressure you should get it checked every 2 years. If you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or certain other conditions, you may need to be monitored more closely so check these with your GP or nurse.

Breast check: Women should do a monthly breast self-exam, your GP or nurse can show you how if you are unsure. In Ireland, women aged 50 to 64 are invited for a mammogram every 2 years. In the UK the age range has been extended to 47-73 years old. Woman older than the range should arrange appointments with their GP. A complete breast exam should be done by a health care provider every 3 years. You should see your doctor immediately if you notice any change in your breasts.

Cholesterol test: All adults aged 20+ should have a cholesterol test every five years. If you have/had high or abnormal cholesterol levels, your doctor may want you to get tested more often. If you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or certain other conditions, you will need to have your blood pressure and cholesterol monitored more closely.

Did you know? Extreme stress, some illnesses, Anabolic steroids, beta blockers, oral contraceptives and even Vitamin D supplements are also known to affect cholesterol.

Some factors put you at a greater risk of developing high cholesterol, and possible heart disease and stroke, so testing is particularly important if you:

  • Have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease
  • Are carrying excess weight
  • Live an inactive life
  • Have a high-fat diet
  • Are male aged 45+ or a female 55+

Dental check-up: Adults and children should visit the dentist once a year for an exam and cleaning, even if you think you are cavity and plaque free.

Diabetes screening: Although there are some symptoms of Type 1 diabetes, you may have Type 2 diabetes (non-insulin depended) and not know. If you have high blood pressure 135/80hg, you will need your blood sugar levels tested for diabetes.

Eye test: Even if you don’t wear glasses or have problems with your eyes, you should have an eye exam every 2 years. Depending on your age and medical history, you may need more frequent tests. If you work on a computer or monitor daily, ask your employer about staff eye testing.

Hearing tests: Noise, wax, ear-buds, medication, illness, childhood illness, trauma, using headphones, can all affect your hearing. If you are concerned about your hearing or you struggle with it. Get it checked.

Pelvic exam & Smear test: Current or previously sexually active women aged 25 to 60 (64 in the UK) should have a smear test every 2 years and continue to do so after menopause. If your Pap smears have been negative three times in a row, your doctor or nurse may reduce it to 3 years.

Prostate exam: Although there is no prostate screening plan in the UK or Ireland for men, if you have any concerns or questions, please speak to your GP.

Skin screening: If you have a mole or birthmark, you should be extra vigilant about your skin checks, but skin cancer can affect anyone. Persistent spots, dry red patches, small lumps and even scaly patches should be checked by your GP or dermatologist.

Vaccinations: You should think about getting a flu vaccine every year, especially if you fall into the high-risk category. Talk to your Doctor or Pharmacists may about this and other immunizations available.

Don’t leave anything to chance, GET IT CHECKED!