Our health is an invaluable asset and prevention plays a fundamental role in keeping it in optimal condition. Taking advantage of the offers of regular medical checkups during this Buen Fin is essential to detect health problems in time, prevent diseases and live a healthy life.
1. Blood pressure. According to the Health Ministry, more than 30 million people in Mexico suffer from high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a risk factor for many serious diseases. Monitoring your blood pressure regularly can help you detect problems early and take steps to keep it at a healthy level.
2. Cholesterol analysis. According to the National Institute of Cardiology, four out of every 10 Mexican adults have high cholesterol. Excess cholesterol in the blood is a risk factor for heart disease. Cholesterol tests can identify elevated levels, so you can take steps to reduce your risk of heart problems.
3. Blood glucose test. Diabetes is a condition that may go unnoticed for a long time. In Mexico, 12.4 million people suffer from diabetes, a disease that can cause irreversible damage to eyesight, kidneys or skin. Blood glucose tests are essential to diagnose type 2 diabetes and prevent complications.
4. Regular dental checkups. Caries is an oral disease which is considered among the 50 most common diseases. Oral health is closely related to general health. Scheduling regular dental checkups helps prevent dental and oral problems, as well as detect diseases like periodontitis.
5. Mammography and Papanicolaou (Pap) test. Mammogram and Pap smear are important for early detection of breast cancer and cervical cancer respectively. In Mexico, in 2020, breast cancer was the most frequent disease (15.3%) and the first cause of death among women, with an estimated 29,929 new cases and 7,931 deaths, an incidence rate of 40.5 and a mortality rate of 10.6 per 100 thousand. These exams are especially important for women, but men should also pay attention to screening for cancer prevention.
6. Colon cancer detection. In Mexico, the third most common cancer is colon cancer. According to Health Ministry data, about 15 thousand new cases of this type of cancer are reported every year. Therefore, early detection of colon cancer through colonoscopy or stool testing can save lives. If this cancer is detected in its early stages then its treatment is possible.
7. Vision test and audiometry. The health of your eyes and ears is essential for a good quality of life. Scheduling eye examinations and audiometry allows you to address visual and hearing problems in time and maintain good sensory health.
8. Bone densitometry. Bone densitometry is important for early detection of osteoporosis, a condition that weakens the bones. Hip fracture represents the most serious consequence of osteoporosis as it requires hospitalization. This type of fracture occurs more often in the elderly and is more common in women (80%).
According to the National Center for Preventive Programs and Disease Control (Cenapris), one in 12 women and one in 20 men over the age of 50 in Mexico will suffer a hip fracture in the rest of their lives.
And, according to Cenpris, hip fractures are the best documented because of their high morbidity, mortality and their great economic impact. Regular checkups can help prevent fractures and other complications.
9. Mental health checkup. Mental health is as important as physical health. Scheduling counseling with mental health professionals can help address disorders like anxiety and depression, thereby ensuring emotional well-being.
10. Pediatric Checkup, Children should also undergo regular medical checkups to ensure healthy growth and development. This includes vaccinations and screenings to detect potential problems early.