Experts have identified 12 things to do in the new year for your health. Some items may seem trivial, but it is obvious truths often ignored.
1. TAKE, Finally, the analysis
If you earnestly follow the health, safely skip this paragraph. But most people do not think about until the analysis of anxiety symptoms (and sometimes in spite of them). On the one hand it is good (hooray, you're not a hypochondriac!), On the other - too lightly. Weakness, fatigue, frequent headaches, digestive disorders or persistent low-grade fever (371 - 375 ? C) - an occasion for a hike to the therapist. And he probably will prescribe the following tests:
Complete blood count shows hemoglobin, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, will assess leukogram and ESR. These data will help identify anemia and latent inflammation.
Test your blood sugar levels can be put in any private or public hospital laboratories. Do not even hesitate if you are worried about excess weight, fatigue, constant thirst, dry skin, and itching of the mucous: these symptoms may indicate diabetes.
A blood test for HIV should be handed over to all the people who have had unprotected sex (yes, also considered oral!) Free HIV test can be passed in the trust offices in public hospitals and in specialized areas of testing.
2. PLAN fluorography
Fluorography should be done at least once every two years to all men older than 15 years. This is especially true of inhabitants with a high TB ??incidence areas. Given that Ukraine ranks first in Europe in terms of the prevalence of MDR (resistant to treatment) of tuberculosis, there is nothing to discuss: go for X-rays!
To be afraid of radiation is not necessary: ??modern devices provide minimal radiation exposure. On snapshot lung doctor will determine inflammation, sclerotic and fibrotic changes, and pathological tumor cavity (cavities, abscesses, cysts).
3. Teach yourself to regularly visit the gynecologist /Urology
Ukrainian women gradually accustom themselves to the planned gynecological examinations, but the number of those who consider unpleasant examinations, unnecessary or "ashamed" still depressingly high. Even the absence of complaints, regular menstruation and great libido can not justify the rejection of the annual survey. Pathological processes in the uterus and ovaries are asymptomatic, like invisible genital infections, which women often find out only after the development of adhesive processes. Special vigilance should be exercised in women with HPV, genital warts and flat warts on the skin or mucous membranes of the genitals.
Men, too, should not relax: any urethral discharge, pain in the scrotum, abdomen and lower back pain, urination disorders or problems with erectile dysfunction should be the occasion for a visit to the urologist. If you are over 40 years old do not need to look for the reasons: pass annual preventive.
4. Examine have mammology EVERY YEAR
No, we were not bothered every day to write that annual examination of mammalogy - the best way to protect yourself from breast cancer annually diagnosed in 1 million women in the world.
Afraid of the survey is not necessary: ??the doctor will carefully palpated, and then (if you are under 40 years old) make breast ultrasound. Women over 40 are sent to a mammogram. About how often undergo these procedures, you also tell the doctor: someone has to do it every year because of genetic predisposition or other risk factors, someone - a little less. But one conclusion: no intelligent woman would not treat her breast irresponsible.
5. DO NOT FORGET to visit DENTIST
About caries prevention today even know the students of junior classes, so we will talk about the less obvious risks of negligent attitude to dental health.
In the initial stages of periodontal disease manifests itself by bleeding gums. Buy a special toothpaste is not enough: it threatens not only the loss of teeth, but is also associated with pancreatic inflammation, chronic kidney disease and Alzheimer's disease. Blame - bacteria that migrate in the body, along with blood flow. Studies have shown that the presence of parodonita associated with a six-fold decrease in cognitive function in the elderly, and a 9% increase the risk of death from chronic kidney disease. Really sit 15 minutes in the dentist's chair - scarier?
6. PLEASE DO SUGAR
Glucose is vital for normal brain function, it is the primary source of energy and provides all of the metabolic processes. That's just get it can be more healthy way than adding sugar to tea or eating chocolates.
If we often eat sugar, then there is glycation (sugarcraft) proteins. The muscles become stiff and lose elasticity of blood vessels, there is a risk of thrombosis, diabetes, atherosclerosis and other inflammatory processes. If you like sweet, you can replace sugar in fruits, berries and honey.
7. Read more books
The book - the best gift, but not only because it makes us more erudite. Read really helpful. It is proved that a love of books reduces emotional stress - a huge risk factor for many diseases. Pay to reading at least 10 minutes a day, and will be surprised how relaxed the muscles, heart rate leveled, leaving anxiety and thoughts become clear.
And reading well coached memory. A study in 2013 conducted by the specialists of Rush University in Chicago found that diligent readers much less likely to fall victim to dementia. Take care of a happy old age now!
8. The head of the PET
This item does not suit everyone, but if you have long wanted to get a pet and delayed the move, here's a portion of the medical arguments "for".
Pets - live antidepressants. When you caress them, the brain actively produces oxytocin - a hormone that reduces fear and anxiety. This effect is invaluable for people with depression and neurosis. A recent study by researchers at the University of Manchester found that pets return mental health even in the case of serious disorders.
Another bonus - the return of mobility. Daily walks are necessary not only your dog, but you yourself (for the prevention of diseases of the cardiovascular system and obesity).
9. START coached
Without regular exercise to maintain health into old age will not work: physical inactivity is associated with metabolic disorders, depression, obesity, coronary heart disease, hypertension, respiratory disorders and digestive. All of these diseases is reduced life expectancy, and if now you are not too worried about 60-70 years the situation will change.
You do not have to spend all night in the gym. Choose an occupation that best suits your temperament and rhythm of life: running, home exercises with dumbbells and elastic band, yoga, stretching, long walks in the fresh air. Any physical activity will be useful - especially in the long term.
While meditating, you will not only relax and become calmer, but also get a whole bundle of unexpected bonuses. For example, in the form of pain relief and migraine with osteochondrosis. A study by researchers at the Medical Center, Wake Forest (USA) has shown that meditation helps even those patients whose body has developed a tolerance to pain.
It helps meditation and high blood pressure. Swedish researchers found that meditation practices and yogic breathing to improve the condition of patients with hypertension and heart rhythm disturbances. In addition, meditation increases the chances of quitting by training our will and self-control.
11. MOST hugging your loved ones
And once again about oxytocin. This substance is called "hormone of love", because the bodily contact with people close to its synthesis is accelerated. This process does not just make you calm, peaceful and happy life, but also strengthen the trust and connection with your partner. This effect is common to all mammals: in 2013 scientists at the example of a chimpanzee proved that any shuffling wool (read "stroking") increases the level of oxytocin. You want to be a good and happy person in the new year? Embraces at least 8 times a day!
12. BECOME A BLOOD DONOR
Yes, donating blood is useful not only for the recipients to whom you save lives, but also for yourself.
Firstly, it is an excellent prevention of diseases of the immune system and metabolic disorders. It is known that regular donors reduced the risk of cardiovascular diseases, atherosclerosis, diseases of the pancreas and liver. In addition, blood donation stimulates hematopoietic processes.
Secondly, the donation will provide you a huge rush of endorphins. The body does not know that the blood loss occurs with your consent, and is controlled by a doctor. To save you from immediate death, it produces a large number of endogenous morphine, designed to reduce shock, reduce pain and help you through the crisis. But that's just no shock and no crisis, and you will feel very real euphoria. Try it, you'll like it!