Checkups and medical exams, healthy diet and exercises: The purposes of this 2023

PFor many, the beginning of a year brings with it ailments, excesses, regrets, and challenges in terms of health and well-being. For this reason, it is essential to worry about our physical and emotional state and, despite the fact that sometimes we do not feel anything, could it be that our health is really in optimal conditions?

Attending regular medical check-ups, maintaining the practice of laboratory tests, exercising regularly, following a balanced diet and taking care of the time and quality of sleep are some purposes during this 2023 that experts recommend.

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All this, taking into account that Colombians do not like to go to the doctor and prefer to first consult their symptoms online or with relatives, several surveys indicate.

Precisely, these habits and decisions can make the difference between being healthy or having a disease that is often unknown.

Regarding the issue, Francisco Vélez, general director of Siemens Healthineers for Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, assures that “the beginning of the year naturally motivates all Colombians to be a better version of themselves. When it comes to well-being and health, different options for self-care should be considered.”

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And it is something that happens to the extent that the patient becomes aware of the changes or improvements that he can incorporate into his routine, adds the expert.

In this sense, Siemens Healthineers shares five recommendations if the objective is to take care of or improve the state of health for this coming year.

Five resolutions for this year

1. Attend regular checkups. It is something key especially, if you have genetic risk factors. Failing to do so can cause poor disease control, and their exacerbation, which if treated on time can guarantee greater well-being for the patient.

2. Keep performing laboratory tests. A constant blood check can show the first signs of possible health risks for timely management. For example, 70% of medical decisions are based on laboratory results.

3. Exercise consistently. They depend on the preference of each person. They generate benefits from increased oxygen supply and a more efficiently functioning cardiovascular system, where you get more energy for your daily routine.

4. Follow a balanced diet. It is important to consider the foods that are included in the diet and in fair proportions. Excesses can cause so-called non-communicable diseases such as obesity and overweight, which in turn increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

5. Take care of the hours of sleep. It is advisable to establish fixed sleep times, perform a relaxing activity before bed, and if possible turn off or silence electronic devices before going to bed. Poor sleep causes a negative impact on a physiological, metabolic and emotional level.