7 Important Diagnostic Tests Every Adult Should Take.
September 27, 2022
Regular diagnostic tests are vital to your well-being and should be scheduled with your doctor at least once a year. The human body goes through changes during our lifetime, It is your duty to take care of your body- body parts and your vital organs, for longevity.
The changes that occur inwardly- your digestive and respiratory systems- should be monitored carefully and routinely through diagnostic tests and checkups. Getting diagnostic tests helps to detect any lurking diseases or conditions early enough.
In this post, you’ll learn about 7 important diagnostic tests every adult should take. These tests are vital to your wellbeing and shouldn’t be ignored.
1. Blood pressure test:
A blood pressure test is bound to save your heart from a log of future health complications like a heart attack, stroke, heart disease, and others. Your blood pressure is connected to the most vital organs in the human body – The heart. The blood pressure also connects to the arteries, brain, kidneys and eyes.
If you’re under 40 years old, you should take a blood pressure test at least every 2 years. However at over 40 years, you are prone to a higher blood pressure. Take constant blood pressure tests and regulate your lifestyle. High blood pressure is the biggest cause of a heart disease.
2. Diabetes test:
As an adult, you should ensure that you get tested for diabetes at least every 2 years. A diabetes test involves a fasting blood sugar level test. This test measures the amount of glucose in your blood after fasting (the time before you have breakfast). If you’re over 40 years of age or your family has a history of diabetes, it’s best to get tested every year. Getting tested for diabetes helps to prevent a lot of future complications in your digestive system early enough.
3. Sexually transmissible infection (STI) test:
If you’re already sexually active as an adult, it is important to get tested regularly. The most common type of STI is Chlamydia, and it is important to get tested for it every year. Other STIs like HIV/AIDS, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Herpes, require a more complicated set of tests with a doctor’s recommendation.
4. Cervical Screening test:
Early cervical screening tests help detect and prevent cervical cancer. This screening test, aka The pap smear test, checks for human papilloma virus in a woman’s body system. The HP virus is the cause of cervical cancer, but if detected early enough can be prevented or treated.
Cervical screening test is recommended for women who are sexually active and are between the ages of 21 to 74 years. This screening test is best recommended every 3 years for women between 21-65 years old.
5. Breasts screening test:
This type of test is also called a Mammogram. It is the best type of test to detect breast cancer early enough. Yearly mammograms are recommended for women who are in there 40s and above. However, women in their 20s and 30s should get basic breast screening tests every 3 years.As a woman if you notice the slightest change in the way your breast looks or feels, see a doctor immediately or book a breast screening test.
6. Prostate cancer test:
Getting your prostate checked regularly as a man is medically advised. Prostate cancer mostly affects men who are above 45 years, however early routine checks can prevent future complications.
Prostate screening tests are of two types, which are:
• Digital rectal examination (DRE):
A Urologist or doctor inserts a finger into the rectum to feel if the prostate is enlarged or has lumps.
• Prostate-Specific antigen (PSA) test:
This test measures the blood level of a protein produced by the prostate gland.
7. Hepatitis B virus test:
Hepatitis B vaccine is best administered to a child from birth. The hepatitis B is an infection that affects the liver and can cause other life threatening diseases. It is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV).
Hepatitis B is mostly spread from mother to child at birth, but it can be spread through other unhealthy ways. There is no cure for hepatitis B, however a vaccine can help to prevent it. Also taking regular hepatitis tests is recommended to detect it early. You can book to take the vaccine that is safe and 100% effective on the DRO Health app today.
DRO Health has recently partnered with Chem Health to provide diagnostic tests for our users in Abuja, Nigeria. You can book a test on the DRO Health app courtesy of Chem Health and get the best service at home or at their lab. Getting routine diagnostic tests early enough prevents you from having health complications that involve spending heavily on treatments.