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torelli
01-04-2004, 07:23 PM
Hi there guys,

As I have been getting more into health and exercise I have realized that is is far from common that people are proactive about their health. Most of us go for our yearly checkups to the doctor and dentist and that about sums it up. We don't complain about something until it is too late, and then we usually can only stop it there.

Many of us are active about our finances, education, love life, etc... but when it comes to keeping us running smoothly for years to come; I at least have only a faint idea of what to do.

So Will especially and anyone else please post any regular health check ups you feel are important to keep you running well for today, tommorrow, and years to come. Anything from a particular yearly blood analysis to morning stretching.

To start I just had a complete blood work test done and am awaiting the results. I have realized that the test was not that expensive and would be a perfect yearly or bi-yearly test to watch different levels of hormones, etc... Also I think good to watch for TRENDS which could help me stop a condition (such as cholesterol) before it gets to high or low.

:D

WillBrink
01-04-2004, 09:07 PM
Originally posted by torelli
Hi there guys,

As I have been getting more into health and exercise I have realized that is is far from common that people are proactive about their health. Most of us go for our yearly checkups to the doctor and dentist and that about sums it up. We don't complain about something until it is too late, and then we usually can only stop it there.

Many of us are active about our finances, education, love life, etc... but when it comes to keeping us running smoothly for years to come; I at least have only a faint idea of what to do.

So Will especially and anyone else please post any regular health check ups you feel are important to keep you running well for today, tommorrow, and years to come. Anything from a particular yearly blood analysis to morning stretching.

To start I just had a complete blood work test done and am awaiting the results. I have realized that the test was not that expensive and would be a perfect yearly or bi-yearly test to watch different levels of hormones, etc... Also I think good to watch for TRENDS which could help me stop a condition (such as cholesterol) before it gets to high or low.

:D

Speaking of blood work and hormones, have you read my article on the topic? See: http://www.brinkzone.com/itsinyourblood.html

cosmo
01-05-2004, 01:49 AM
I have a physical that includes fasting blood tests, EKG, PSA test every 6 months. The blood work is the traditional, doesn't check for hormonal levels. My insurance will pay for it at this frequency at my age (58). I know it is highly recommended to have a PSA and/or digital prostate every six months starting in the mid to late 40's.

My father had malignant melenoma (skin) and I have a screening test every 3 years for that purpose also. Any who have a family history of this should see a skin oncologist I have been told.

I am considering getting the LEF tests that Will talks about in addition to the above.

erp7e
01-07-2004, 12:51 AM
I'm 26 and my insurance company won't pay for a blood test unless I'm septic and about to die (even then, it'd be a tough call). But I agree, if you can do it, go for it.

mdolls68
01-07-2004, 03:41 PM
Torelli,

My health insurance covers quite a bit, but even if it didn't, I'd still do what I'm doing. I get a complete physical twice a year at the regular doctor's that does blood work and all. Since last year I was diagnosed with Left Ventricular Hypertrophy during my pregnancy that has since been reversed (not a severe case), I will be paying more attention to my heart. I had had 2 physicals prior to this and they did not detect any heart problems for me, so that was disconcerting. It wasn't until an echocardiogram was done that they found the LVH and it took awhile to figure out.

Anyway, in terms of your post...proactive health. We go to the chiropractor for regular maintenance (I go about every 2-3 weeks to get adjusted since I workout regularly and believe maintaining good vertabral alignment is important to overall health). My 2 young children go monthly to get adjusted. I try to stretch my neck/back daily in the morning & evening to also help keep good alignment & to not allow the muscles to continually tighten to cause subluxations.

Other things: regular exercise (cardio, strength training, flexibility), elimination of processed foods, refined sugar, white flour products from the diet, eat as naturally as possible, get enough sleep (haven't been successful in this since having my baby 19 wks ago), properly manage emotional & mental stress in the body (I use an energy psychology method called Emotional Freedom Technique), vitamins & minerals to supplement what you cannot get in foods (still better to eat whole, fresh foods), maintain good relationships (have a good support system).

It really takes a lot of work to do these things, but I believe that if one can be consistent about these things and continually applied good health learning that is specific for you, then one can live a long life with great health quality. If anyone says it's easy or not a lot of work, they're lying. There are things to help make it easier, but anything worth having like good health will undoubtedly be work.

BTW, I believe stress, lack of adequate sleep, & poor diets greatly contribute to diseases. These things stress the body, and although the body is designed to compensate, over long periods of time, it begins to break down making one more susceptible to diseases & illnesses. So, if one works on these things daily, it'll go a long ways towards good health proactively.

~Molly