How To Prevent Health Problems When You Are 20?
When you are in your 20’s it is always better to prevent health problems than to cure them later on. What is happening to the body in that age?
Bone mass peaks at that period of age, therefore it’s important to build bone structure through exercises of weight-bearing, exercises like hiking, running and strength-training,swimming or other sports in order to reduce your risk for osteoporosis later in life.
- You should consider of getting regular exercise at least 30 minutes couple a most days of the week and vary your exercise program for achieving the best results
- You should consider also protecting your skin and eyes from the damaging effects from the sun in order to reduce your risk for conditions like skin cancer, vision problems and premature aging of the skin
- It is advised to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 20 that blocks UVA and UVB rays whenever you spend time on the sun and try to avoid indoor tanning salons
- Always practice good hygiene. Shower or bath daily, brush and floss your teeth twice a day and follow recommendations for preventing illnesses, such as washing your hands frequently
- Find a primary care provider and medical specialists (e.g., dermatologist, gynecologist, dentist, eye doctor) for routine health care
- Talk to your parents and other relatives about your family health history to help determine your genetic risk for certain medical conditions
- Share information about your family and personal medical history with your health care providers
- Be honest about lifestyle factors and habits that affect your health
Health Care Recommendations
If you want to prevent health problems you should:
- Follow recommendations for preventive care and screenings
- Have a medical check-up at least every 2 years, or as recommended by your health care provider, including blood pressure screening
- For women: Have a gynecological exam, clinical breast exam and Pap test every 2 to 3 years, or as recommended by your health care provider. Prenatal care is important-contact your doctor if you think you may be pregnant
- For men: Have clinical testicular exam as recommended by your health care provider and perform regular self-exams
- Calculate your body mass index (BMI). A healthy BMI is below 25
- Get regular eye exams as recommended by your vision specialist
- If you are at increased risk for high cholesterol due to family history, lifestyle factors or other medical conditions, have a cholesterol screening in your 20’s
- Have a dental exam and cleaning every 6 to 12 months, or as recommended
- See a dermatologist as recommended to screen for skin cancer and treat existing skin conditions like acne or eczema.
It is always better to prevent than cure!