Ok, we just made that up, but here at GPC we are declaring 2024 the Year of the Health Check! During the emergency phase of the pandemic, we saw a dramatic increase in the number of people delaying or cancelling important preventive health checks and screening. There has been some catching up but there is still a way to go so we thought we would offer you a check-list of check-ups (has a nice ring to it!) you may be behind on and invite you to make 2024 your Year of the Health Check.

Why is this so important? Around a third of the total disease burden in Australia is due to preventable illness and what we call “modifiable risk factors”, things we can change or manage. There are just a few main culprits and some pretty simple tactics for reducing the risks.

The main culprits are:

  • Tobacco
  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight and obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • Alcohol
  • Low fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Low levels of physical activity

The good news is that just a few key lifestyle choices can reduce the risk:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Be active
  • Eat a balanced and nutritious diet
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Be sun smart
  • Protect against infection (eg. up to date immunisations)
  • Have regular check-ups and recommended screening tests

What are the recommended check-ups?

This depends on your age, gender, family history and any other risk factors that might be present. The best place to start is to have a chat with your GP about which ones are recommended for you. We have written about some of these before (follow the links where relevant) in this Check-list of Check-ups:

We think “Get all my health checks up-to-date” would be a fantastic New Years’ resolution for 2024! So why not tick a few of these off your to-do list?

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