Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Preventive medicine

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Many GP surgeries run a variety of preventive medicine clinics. Their aim is to assess your general health and your risk of a variety of diseases common in old age, and to give advice on how to prevent them.

The checks may include:

  • Weight and body mass index (BMI) assessment
  • Blood pressure
  • Eye check for signs of diabetes, glaucoma and high blood pressure
  • Cholesterol levels and electrocardiogram (ECG) to assess your risk of heart disease
  • Urine and blood sugar measurement to test for diabetes, along with liver and kidney function blood tests
  • Breast examination and advice on self-examination
  • Cervical smear to detect pre-cancerous changes
  • Examination or scan for ovarian cysts
  • Prostate assessment and advice
  • Testicular examination
  • Chest x-ray
  • DEXA scans to assess your risk of osteoporosis

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