Thursday June 30, 2016
Our bodies can be fairly straight-forward. Something hurts, because it’s injured or damaged, and our bodies work to get better, sometimes with the help of medical interventions. This is known by statisticians as “regression back to the mean”. The mean is our normal state of wellness: we digress from this when we’re feeling ill, and regress upon recovery.
Most of our GP consultations are booked up with patients who have acutely digressed from their mean – with short-term illnesses, such as infections, pains and injuries. Our doctors are usually able to simply patch-up these patients and send on their merry way: they’ll be back to their normal state of wellness in no time.
However, how do we know that this normal state of wellness is truly healthy? With no warning signs from your body, such as pain or discomfort, someone could have a truly poor level of health, and yet still feel ‘well’ – as this is simply what their body is used to. Without the person knowing, the long-term effects of their poor state of health may accumulate, taking the form of a more serious, dangerous illness.
For example, patients with high blood pressure may feel completely fine on a day-to-day basis, until after several years, their health ignorance is rudely interrupted by a serious heart-attack. A health screen in the years prior to this serious medical emergency could have alerted such a patient to this increased risk, in time to make sufficient lifestyle changes or take medical interventions to reverse such damage and decrease this risk.
This is where health screening and disease prevention come into play. These are major factors of healthcare, which can sometimes be overlooked by general healthcare providers. It’s far better to screen for, and prevent, disease than it is to treat it once it's already developed. Healthcare screens can flag up medical issues unbeknown to the patient, which can then be minimised and treated before they develop into anything more sinister.
Take the average healthy-looking middle aged man, for example. He can appear and feel fine, but medically, is he really? With a busy job, social life, and various other responsibilities and commitments, life provides plenty of distractions from health awareness. With a few bad habits thrown in, such as drinking and smoking, it’s definitely time to reconsider his state of health.
Outwardly, he is well. However, on the inside, there can sometimes be a lot more going on: high blood pressure, poor liver function, high cholesterol, fluctuating sugar levels. In many cases, symptoms develop so gradually that patients don’t even notice them – hence diseases such as high blood pressure being known as Silent Killers. Therefore, your current state of wellness can be deceptive of your true medical health.
So how do you truly assess your health?
A general medical screen is all it takes to flag up any increasing risk factors for any such diseases. Whether this be done annually, or even just as a one-off, it’s always worth seeing a doctor for a general check-up to assess your baseline state of wellness, even just for peace of mind. Perhaps you’ll walk away with the green-light – you’re fit and well inside, as well as out! Or maybe there are a few areas of your health that are open for improvement, by lifestyle changes or by medical interventions.
At London Doctors Clinics, we offer a range of wellness profiles. One simple 15 or 30-minute GP consultation is usually sufficient for a thorough run-down of your medical history and lifestyle. The doctor can then advise as to which blood tests and profiles which may be recommended for you personally. Our General Well Person Profiles, range in price from just £139.20 to £424, and are specifically designed for men and women of specific ages, depending on health concerns for the average patient of this age and gender. From here, our doctor may also suggest other blood tests, tailored to your unique health risks.
Recommended screens may include:
- General Well Person Profile
- Well Woman/Man Profiles
- Senior Female/Male Profile 60+
- Cardiovascular Risk Profiles
- Bone Screen
- Osteoporosis Screen
- Sexual Health Screens
- Hormone Profiles
- Infertility Profiles
- Thyroid Profiles
Each screen measures levels of a variety of relevant cells, proteins, enzymes and ions, which together give an indication as to the general health of organs such as the liver and kidneys. Each screen or profile is especially designed to investigate a specific aspect of the body, including all necessary blood tests, grouped at a discounted rate.
From here, the doctor may also suggest other tests or exams (such as spirometry and ECG), that they recommend, depending on your unique needs. All blood tests and extra exams are in addition to the consultation fee - worth every penny, in the long-run.
So don’t plead ignorance with regards to your health, until it’s too late; investing now in your health could have a significant effect on your future health. Take a proactive step in the assessment and acknowledgement of the reality of your health - book in today for a wellness screen.