Why You Need to Check Your Blood on a Regular Basis

We all love to remain young forever, and this is one of the most common ambitions of a major population worldwide. Feeling and looking young is something that needs to be looked upon as precious, as we all will not be able to remain young throughout our lives. We all age after a particular time and so does our health and fitness level. When a youngster starts ageing, he might not be able to come on terms with the fact initially, but he need to accept that physical ageing is something that we cannot control too much for a certain extend and as we age our health and fitness starts to deteriorate.

Once our health and fitness level starts degrading, we tend to fell prey to various number of health related diseases. During our teenage years, we usually fell prey to various diseases and infections and by the time we reach 20 to 23 years of age we get some kind of immunity against most of the diseases. As a result we rarely fell ill and in my experience, once I reached 22 or 23 years of age, I never got ill frequently and just had some slight fever once in a year. I also had occasional blood and health checkups, which really had good results.

I had a group of friends who were really serious in health related matters and we did the health checkups together whenever possible. There were also a lot of close friends, who did not care too much about health and health checkups. But I insisted them to check up their blood and other health statuses, which they rarely gave any importance. Of late I became aware that some of my friends were indeed victims of diseases that were related to ageing. Some of the major health issues they had included cholesterol, hypertension, high blood sugar level etc. Most of them might had these diseases for the last few years, but were not aware as they were not having the habit of checking their blood regularly. Otherwise they might have been successful in preventing some of them.

One we are in our thirties, it is always a good practice to check your blood atleast once or twice in a year and this can really inform you of any disease that might be creeping into your body. Once you know about any health diseases, you can pay attention to that and make sure that you get rid of those health diseases. Once we are into our thirties, our body slightly start losing its flexibility and overall fitness and this is one of the major reason why certain health related diseases such as cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension and other health issues starts appearing.

Once we reach near our forties, we can really double our chances of having health related issues provided we are not taking care of our health properly. If our parents and forefathers had any type of health diseases, we are also vulnerable to that and the chances of having those diseases in our body increases. So having a regular blood check from one of the best blood labs near your house can help you in tackling these issues. You just need to spend below 30 minutes for your blood to be taken out at a medical lab and these days the reports of your blood sample will be mailed to your inbox.

So you do not need to spend a huge amount of time on checking your blood and that too once or twice in a year. Once you make the blood checking routine a part of your life, you will really start experiencing the benefits. A lot of people after their thirties or mid-thirties are leading a happy and healthy life only because of their systematic life-style. They are very well aware about their health and on behalf of that they do test their blood contents on a regular basis. This will help them keep track of the functioning of their vital organs and plan and change their diet and exercises accordingly.

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In my opinion, it is a foolish way to live blindly without caring for your health as it can really land you in trouble. Even if you and your family does not have any previous history of health diseases, you need to verify it regularly. In today's world, we are having the habit of eating junk foods and are also forced to consume adulterated food items and vegetables. Doing this on a consistent basis for a long time can really have a negative impact on your body health and you need to keep track of that by taking regular blood checks and other health checkups.

As we grow old, our body starts showing signs of slowing down and this is a point where we need to understand that our overall health is going down. During this time, we need to get a complete health checkup which includes a detailed checking of blood and in case we note that we are having any kind of health issues we can try to fix it by taking up new methods of exercise and diets. These days, one of the major issues faced by majority of the population is obesity. Obesity is a dangerous state from where you can start getting new types of health diseases on a regular basis.

Some of the benefits of checking your blood groups really speaks abouts its importance and those are something that you cannot easily ignore. I once again repeat that blood checking is not a dangerous thing to do and it indeed helps you to keep track of your health and start working on areas of improvement. Some of the major benefits and advantages of regular blood checking include:

1) An insight into the overall performance of vital organs
2) A broad picture of various health related issues if any.
3) Identify any areas of improvement in the overall health situation
4) Act accordingly and take measures that can tackly any identified health issues.
5) Keeps you motivated on improving your fitness and health

The above points are not ultimate and there are many other advantages and benefits of checking your blood on a regular basis after a particular age. As we all not we are not growing younger anymore, and hence there are chances of a number of diseases creeping into our body and health system. So we need to identify them on time and start treatment for tackling those issues. There are also a lot of anti ageing workouts and diets which can help you fit and healthy for a longer period of time.

Remember that you live only once and why not live happy and healthy during that time. I have seen a lot of people who are not able to move or walk without support after the age of fifty or sixty. At the same time there are also a good number of people whom I know, move around and travel without anybody's support. This is really because of their lifestyle and the amount of effort that they had spend in the past towards their health and fitness. As a result they are leading a much happy and healthy life even in their seventies, eighties or nineties. So time is not over, and even you can start from today to maintain a good health and fitness for a better life and you can come up with a good start by checking your blood today itself and identify what all things you need to do to improve your health and live a long and healthy life.

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Venkatachari M 21 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Very useful and interesting article. You have rightly pointed out the need for regular blood check-ups. At least from 40 onwards, one should necessarily have regular blood check-up and health check-ups even you feel quite okay. I have also pointed out this necessity in my articles on Diabetes and Blood Pressure topics at my google blogger site.

Thanks for spreading awareness among people. Voted up, useful and interesting.


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aesta1 21 months ago from Ontario, Canada

When we reached 60, we started to have regular check up and it has been a benefit. We have a record of our health and with good health care, we are lucky to be healthy.


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georgescifo 21 months ago from India Author

Thanks Venkatachari M and these days it is better to start checking our blood before we reach 40, due to our deteriorating lifestyle. Once again thanks for your comment and glad to know that you liked it.


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georgescifo 21 months ago from India Author

Thanks for your comment Mary and you are lucky that you needed to check your health only after 60. I assume that you we healthy and fit till 60 and this is really a great achievement.


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aesta1 21 months ago from Ontario, Canada

Yes, thankfully, we were and even now, it is still going well.


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georgescifo 21 months ago from India Author

That sounds great Mary and really feel motivated on the same..


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida

It is wise to have regular visits to your doctor at which time they do routine screenings of our bodily functions including blood work. Sometimes even that does not keep catastrophic illness away; sometimes conditions are not even evident through bloodwork (I wrote recently about James who had a massive cardiac event and was a very 'healthy' young man).

thanks for sharing Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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georgescifo 21 months ago from India Author

yes..we cannot predict one's health by have an outer look at his body, rather we need to check the blood and its various factors to know the actual health. Once again thanks again for your comment and wonderful support Patricia.


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DDE 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I have not checked my blood pressure in years as I feel fine. This is a useful and informative hub.


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georgescifo 21 months ago from India Author

Mary, nice to hear that you are still going healthy..


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georgescifo 21 months ago from India Author

That is really great Devika and you should feel proud of yourself that you are feeling fine right now. Hope that you carry forward your good health for a longer period of time.


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CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

I just found out my BP is high and so my doctor advised that I track it by buying my own BP cuff. I haven't done it yet but will absolutely do. And yes, I believed it is important to keep track of it as you grow older. Fact is, it is a silent killer.

Good, useful hub.


Alok Singhal 21 months ago

Extremely useful piece of information...I am ready to keep my appointment soon.

Thank you so much for a stark reminder!


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georgescifo 21 months ago from India Author

Thanks for Your comment Alok and you need to fix an appointment at the earliest.


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georgescifo 21 months ago from India Author

Thanks for your comment Crissp. If you have a BP cuff, the you should try it along whenever needed. Also do check your blood regularly as you grow older...


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MarleneB 20 months ago from Northern California, USA

This is very useful information. I am fortunate to have a doctor who makes me check my blood every three months. He said for many of the reasons you mentioned in your article. The most important reason being that it is easier to treat things when they first start to show.


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georgescifo 20 months ago from India Author

Hi Marlene, checking your blood once in 3 months is the best thing to do and you are indeed fortunate to have doctors who really care for your health and well being.


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Peggy W 20 months ago from Houston, Texas

At my age now I have regular annual checkups where blood is taken. We also own a blood pressure kit at home so can monitor that more often. This is good advice! Voted up and useful.


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georgescifo 18 months ago from India Author

Thanks for the comment Peggy and hope that the hub was useful to you. It is always better to have small health evaluation instruments such as the blood pressure kit and sugar testing equipment at home so that you can really keep track of your basic health. Also don't forget to have a weighing machine at home.


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas

Healthy and happy would seem to be a privilege of the wealthy. I can remember when no one wanted to live in the country, but now all the wealthy live there so that poor people can't afford to live there except in cardboard boxes -- and then only if they are not discovered. Land prices are out of this world -- to keep out the riffraff, and it works like magic.

There are few health services in the U.S. for people with no insurance or money. The extremely poor qualify for Medicaid or Medicare depending on their age, and the well off have health insurance, but those people in the middle, like myself, who aren't quite poor enough, but who cannot afford health insurance, get nothing.

True if you break a leg, or cut yourself so that you are in danger of bleeding to death, it will be addressed at most hospitals, but if you have high blood pressure, or some other chronic disease that is not in an acute situation, you get nothing. All the nothing you can fit into every nook and cranny in your life. I have so much nothing I invite people to take all they want, no need to ask. Just load up because it seems I will never run out.

I pay $145 cash to see a doctor for 5 minutes or less once a year. He renews my prescriptions for high blood pressure and thyroid problems. He guesses at the dosage because I can't afford monitoring or testing to see what dosage might work best. He lets me know that is all he can do since I can't afford to pay. Before I see him his nurse weighs me and attempts to take my blood pressure with one of those portable machines that all but squeezes your arm off. It hurts so bad that it sends my BP through the roof, giving a wrong reading anyway. Sometimes he takes my temperature. Otherwise, that is the limit of what my hard earned $145 will pay for.

The fact that people don't seek healthcare doesn't mean they don't care or don't want it. Here, it usually means we can't afford it. Yes, here in the U.S. where the streets are paved with gold. Guess what? It's not the metallic gold you may be thinking of, but something much softer and usually has a bad smell. That same gold extends to the healthcare system in this country.

Even though poor people may get some healthcare through Medicaid, it isn't the same quality healthcare that wealthy more valuable people in our society receive.

Anyone who has healthcare doesn't care about the rest of us. And those of us who try to change the system so that everyone can get healthcare get no respect. Why would people who are fat and happy, and who are clearly more deserving and better loved by God give a flying f*** about the rest of us??

Well, maybe because the rest of us are walking around (when able) infecting things and other people with bacteria and viruses that could be the undoing of the better off. The nice thing about germs is that they have no loyalty and don't give a damn how much money you have in your bank account. They'd as soon disable or kill a rich person as a poor one.

Not everyone responds equally well to drugs and treatments and so nipping something in the bud before it becomes rampant is usually the best answer, but those people who already have healthcare would rather take their chances that they can be cured of whatever may be wrong with the rest of us than to let one of us lesser beings have healthcare we can't pay for.

Instead of considering universal healthcare, most people with all the healthcare they want are looking at ways to limit their exposure to the unwashed and poverty stricken. That way they miss out on the thrill of watching poor people in their death throes, but hey, everything has it's price. The main thing is to make sure every penny is spent on themselves and not a teeny bit leaks out and by any means benefits one of the heathens (non Christians who will never see God -- totally opposite of themselves). They do that by living in gated communities, building walls and fences around their property, etc.

I come from a long line of tough old coots anyway, so I wouldn't touch that cholesterol garbage. I've known 2 people who took it and one ended up in the hospital as a result and the other nearly died when her muscles gave out while she was climbing stairs. The medication zapped her muscular strength and they had to take her off it.

None of my ancestors took medication for cholesterol despite having heart disease running in our family, and yet most of them lived into their 90s. The ones who didn't died in accidents. My great grandmother was 96. That's way longer than I want to be here on this planet.

Excellent advice here for people who love this world and don't want to leave it, and who can afford to follow your advice.


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georgescifo 15 months ago from India Author

Thanks Au fait for your elaborated comment and hope that it be useful to many..

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