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Health Check-up

August 4th, 2009 · 4 Comments

My doctor sister is very insistent that I have an annual check-up. Having crossed 40 a couple years ago, she says that a simple but detailed blood test can reveal things which may be wrong early and therefore lead to corrective measures. So, that’s what I got done a few days ago – after a gap of a couple years.

The result is a slight concern on the cholesterol levels (high) and the B12 level (low). She has recommended corrective action on both fronts in the form of medication. I asked her what changed in two years. Her answer: “It is a combination of aging, heredity, diet and inactivity.” Only the last two things are what we can alter. My diet is quite controlled so there probably isn’t that much room for change. But the inactivity part is something we all can do something about. As we grow older, we need to do more exercise (brisk walking, running, weights, swimming, whatever).

I am sharing this since most of the people who have crossed 40 recently don’t tend to give too much attention to the health front. Outwardly, nothing seems to change. But inwardly, there are small changes which are taking place – and this impact gets magnified as we grow older. So, for starters, visit a doctor and get a detailed health check-up.

PS: Here are the tests my sister asked me to get done:

  • Heamogram with ESR
  • Vitaman B12
  • Fasting Blood Sugar
  • Lipid Profile
  • Creatinine

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  • 3 kasi // Aug 4, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    One of my doctor friend tells me
    “until 40 your body takes care of you… after 40 you have to take care of your body”.

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  • 4 Rohit Varma // Aug 4, 2009 at 6:01 pm


    There is an epidemic of sorts on for some of these things – B12, Vitamin D, thyroid – more and more people I know seem to be suffering from these endocrinal disorders, as against just the cardio and diabetes related ailments one heard of earlier. And yes, these are more common at higher age levels. B12 deficiency is also relatively more common in vegetarians, as I remember reading somewhere !

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