Preventive Therapy is Better Than Cure

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One of the keys to staying healthy as we age is to practise preventive healthcare, as developed nations have committed to investing more in preventive than curative medicine. In addition to adhering to healthy diets with appropriate nutritional value and keeping up with healthy lifestyles, certain hormones and body fluids are needed to give interpretations to the status of our health.

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Pharm. Ayodeji Oni

Every registered pharmacy must have the required instruments to carry out these basic tests. Ask your pharmacist for blood cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose tests to mention a few. There are also tests to alert one of an impending asthma attack (peak flow meter), breast aware nylon gloves that help detect lumps to check for impending breast tumours, HIV and typhoid test kits, and so on.

These machines help patients know their numbers and keep them within healthy ranges. They also ensure quick and early detection of some chronic conditions that could have otherwise never been noticed. Most of these devices are handy and easy to use.

Tests with numbers above normal should be referred to physicians for further clarification and treatment. The following are recommended screening tests to carry out preventive care which ensures optimum health.

TEST WHY IT IS DONE THOSE WHO NEED TO BE TESTED NAME OF DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE
Blood cholesterol To look for signs of cardiovascular diseases Men & Women 30+ Cholesterol test kit
Blood pressure To check heart function Men & Women 30+ Digital blood pressure monitor or sphygmometer
Breast self-exam To detect lumps in the breast Women 20+ Breast aware nylon gloves
HIV To detect the HIV virus Sexually active people, health workers etc. HIV test kit
Hepatitis To detect the Hepatitis virus Sexually active, health workers etc. Hepatitis test kit
Asthma To detect shortness of breath that might be as result exposure to allergens. Children and adults Peak flow meter
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Other complicated diagnostic tests carried out in more equipped health facilities like hospital and diagnostic facilities include:

TEST WHY IT IS DONE THOSE WHO NEED TO BE TESTED NAME OF DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE
Colonoscopy To detect colon cancer and ulcers Men & Women 20+ Endoscope
Complete blood count To access overall Children and Adults ESR

 

By Pharm. Ayodeji Oni

(Freelancing for Advantage Health Africa)

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