The ability to detect sickness early could save your life.

Early treatment of disease consistently produces the best outcomes, regardless of how serious or minor the illness.

But how do you do it?

Here is a checklist of ways to help you detect sickness early and emerge in the best possible health.

Regular health checks

Regular health checks are something we talk about a lot but their importance simply cannot be understated.

Seeing your GP at least once a year is the best way to get a thorough once over, even if you feel in tip top shape.

Older patients should schedule regular check-ups even more often.

Be open and honest with your doctor, detailing any concerns you might have.

Your GP will perform some routine tests like listening to your heart and checking your blood pressure. 

They might also suggest a full blood screen which can pick up a wide range of abnormalities that demand further investigation.

Know your body

You have only got one body.

You have been living in it all your life. You must know it pretty well by now.

Understand what feels normal and recognise when something does not feel quite right.

Pay attention to subtle changes in your energy levels, appetite, weight, sleep patterns and mood.

They can all be key indicators that something is amiss.

Trust your instincts

When it comes to your health, your instincts and intuition are among your greatest assets.

If you have a gut feeling that something is not quite right, it is worth visiting your GP to have it checked out.

You should make an appointment even if you think you have the reputation of being something of a ‘worry wart’.

Investing in and advocating for your own health and seeking medical attention when concerned is vitally important.

It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Monitor vital signs

Remain vigilant about your vital signs such as body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate.

Many home health monitors and smart watches are now available that can keep track of temperature and blood pressure.

For a more accurate reading, many chemists offer free blood pressure checks.

High blood pressure is known as the silent killer and should never be ignored.

Track your symptoms

Use journals or apps to keep track of your symptoms over time.

Document symptoms such as fever, fatigue, nausea, a bad cough or pain in the body.

It provides your GP with valuable information in terms of timelines about any potential illness or underlying health issue.

Self-examine

Perform self-examinations, looking for abnormalities or changes in your body.

Showering is an opportune time.

Women should regularly examine their breasts, men their testicles.

Be on the lookout for any unusual lumps or bumps anywhere on your body.

Look carefully for any changes in moles or skin lesions. 

Healthy lifestyle habits 

Maintaining healthy lifestyle habits is a great way to ward off illness and disease.

This involves:

  • regular exercise
  • a balanced diet
  • adequate sleep
  • keeping your alcohol intake low
  • quitting smoking
  • managing your stress levels

These lifestyle habits strengthen your immune system, improving your overall health making it easier to fight disease if and when it strikes.

Keep informed

Stay informed about common health issues.

Follow reliable health networks and sources of information about preventative measures.

Your doctor is also a valuable and trusted source of information in this regard.

Know your family history

Know what illnesses run in your family, as well as their early signs.

Consider what lifestyle changes you can make to reduce the chances or delay the onset of those diseases.

Ensure you talk with your doctor about your genetic disposition so you can schedule regular screenings for diseases you are at risk of contracting.

Seek medical advice promptly

If you become aware of a change in your health, do not procrastinate.

Seek medical advice promptly.

Early detection and intervention is paramount in fighting disease.

Book an appointment

It is a common theme on this website but the importance of regular check-ups with your GP cannot be overstated.

Sometimes, even if you do not consider something serious, an appointment may still be warranted.

It is the best way to detect sickness early.

Small anomalies in your health can often point to a bigger emerging issue.

Taking early action can prevent a much more serious prognosis.

At AHA Clinics, doctors will always listen attentively to your concerns and never consider a visit is for a frivolous reason.

They are patient, kind, empathetic and highly-skilled in treating a wide variety of conditions.

They take the time to really understand their patients’ concerns, whatever they may be and will consider or suggest further diagnostic investigation if necessary.

Book an appointment here today at either our Seaford Road Day and Night Clinic or our Seaford Meadows Day and Night Clinic.