Why a Full Body Checkup is a Massive Scam

Full body Checkup

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  1. Vital Signs and BMI (Body Mass Index)- they include blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, weight, height, and Oxygen saturation. The BMI is calculated from weight and height and will inform you about whether you are obese, overweight, normal weight, or underweight.
  2. Medical history by the doctor– The doctor asks you about any symptoms you may be experiencing, medication you are currently taking, lifestyle habits such as alcohol use, a family history of various diseases, previous treatments, vaccines, allergies, and your occupation.
  3. Physical examination: the doctor examines your various organs such as the lungs, heart, abdominal examination, and skin examination. Listening to the heart sounds and breathing sounds can yield information about the functioning of the heart and lungs respectively, and detect diseases such as heart valve disorders, heart failure, and emphysema among others.
  4. Blood Tests: Blood tests also test the functioning of organs such as Kidneys, Liver, and heart among other organs.  Blood tests include Blood sugar levels, (both random blood sugar and Glycated Hemoglobin (HBA1C), Liver function tests, Kidney Function tests, Lipid Profile (Shows levels of different types of fat), and a Full Hemogram, also called a Complete Blood Count.
  5. Urine Tests- commonly a urinalysis is done and detects various substances in Urine. These substances and their parameters can detect diseases in the body such as diabetes, kidney failure, liver failure, kidney stones, infections, and drugs among others.
  6. Stool Tests– Stool tests can be used to detect various diseases of the digestive tract such as peptic ulcers, inflammatory bowel diseases, colon cancer, worm infestation, amebiasis, H. pylori infections, Liver disease, indigestion, and other digestive system abnormalities.
  7. ECG and Echocardiography– ECG plots the heart waves while Echocardiogram shows images of the real-time functioning of the heart. They are used to detect heart abnormalities and diseases.
  8. Breast examination – done to detect the development of breast cancer among women especially those with a family history of breast cancer or those previously treated for breast cancer
  9. Pap Smear– involves taking samples from the cervix for examination to detect the development of cervical cancer.
  10. Colonoscopy – involves placing a camera through the rectum and colon to detect the development of cancers especially for patients above 50 years or younger but with a family history of colon cancers.
  • Smokers
  • Excessive alcohol drinkers
  • Middle-aged people (above 50 years)
  • Those who live a sedentary lifestyle
  • Overweight and obese
  • Those with a family history of chronic diseases such as mental illnesses, cancers, diabetes, and hypertension among others.
In need of a full body checkup

Nevertheless, a full body checkup is vital for good health if misused without following the due procedure.  A full body checkup is not a routine blood test because they do not detect early-stage cancer growing on your leg. It involves giving the doctor all the medical details about yourself and your family to get targeted tests.

Remember, even with a full body checkup every 6 months, there are billions of diseases and some are simply undetectable until they are too advanced to do anything about. The check-up only slightly improves your chances of catching a disease early enough by a minute margin.

Good health-seeking behavior for the slightest of the symptoms and routine screening offered by hospitals such as Pap smears, Breast exams, and non-invasive blood pressure measurements are a good place to start. Avoiding unhealthy habits such as a sedentary lifestyle, excessive alcohol use, cigarette smoking, reducing weight, reducing salt intake, having a healthy diet and routine dental checkups will keep you healthy. These, are more important to focus on than a full body checkup.

  • Full blood count
  • Random Blood Sugar
  • Urine Analysis
  • Stool Analysis
  • HIV Screen
  • Chest X-ray
  • Liver Function Tests
  • U/E/C’s
  • Pap Smear for females, PSA for males
  • Total Cholesterol test
  • Mammogram for females, Prostate Ultrasound for males
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Echocardiogram
  • Exercise stress test (treadmill test)
  • Pelvic/Abdominal ultrasound for females, Prostate/Abdominal ultrasound for males
  • Thyroid Screen
  • Cancer Markers
  • Nutrition Review
  • Diabetic Screen (Glycated HB/HBA1C)
  • Kidney Function Test (U/E/C’s)
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