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How to Monitor Your Health Regularly

Most of the time we only visit a doctor when we are in need of cure rather than prevention. However, it is very important to keep a tab on your health regularly through checkups, which may include annual checkups or regular physical examinations at home. This may not just help you to become more aware of your body, but will also help to build a personal medical history. Here are some ways to monitor your health regularly-

Check Your Blood Pressure Regularly: 1 in 5 Indians suffers from high Blood Pressure. It is extremely dangerous and the worst part about it is that there are no symptoms that can forewarn you about this. Your blood pressure must be checked from time to time to detect signs of hypertension (another word for high blood pressure). It puts extra strain on your arteries and thus weakens them. A blood pressure monitor is always handy to keep. It is an electronic machine that is extremely convenient to use and can rule out ‘white-coat hypertension’ or false high blood pressure readings due to anxiety at the doctor’s place!

Keep a Track of Your Weight: In today’s day and age, there are a dime a dozen gadgets and apps on your smartphones to keep track of your weight-gain or weight-loss and the different measure adopted to keep it in check. An at-home digital bathroom scale could really help you keep track of your weight, just to make sure there is no sudden loss or gain of weight.

Monitor Your Sleeping Patterns: There are three good ways to comprehend if you’re getting enough sleep or not. If an alarm wakes you up in the morning, you get drowsy in the afternoon and you want to doze off shortly after eating dinner, then these are the signs that you are not getting enough sleep! A good night’s rest is essential for keeping down your blood pressure, lowering the risk of getting a cardiac arrest and diabetes.

Monitoring Your Pulse Rate: Your pulse rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute. A normal, healthy pulse rate is said to be between 60-100 beats per minute. An irregular pulse rate can help in detecting heart problems early on. A physically fit person will have a heart rate that is slower than people who are not as physically fit, this is because heart works more efficiently. There are new, digital tools to measure your pulse rate in a few seconds! A finger Pulse Oximeter is a device used to collect accurate heart rate measurements.

Measuring Respiratory Rates: A regular respiratory rate for an adult is between 16-20 breaths a minute. If the rate is lower than 12 or above 25 (whilst resting), then it is said to be abnormal and you could be suffering from a respiratory illness. Sit upright and count how many times your chest inflates in a minute, to detect any irregularities.

One of the benefits of monitoring your health regularly is that it will save you a lot of money in the future. It will also help your doctor to have an easy access to more accurate and updated medical history.

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