Some people avoid preventive medical examinations due to a lack of time or fear of doctors. But you can perform multiple tests to get the necessary information about your health without having to leave your home. These methods will help you understand if it’s time to see a specialist or if everything is fine and you don’t have to worry.
#8. The endocrine system
One of the main health indicators is the size of your waist. Take a tape measure and measure your waist 1 inch above your belly button. If everything is normal, its size should not be more than 34 inches for women and 40 inches for men.
People with a larger waist are 5 times more likely to have type 2 diabetes. In Japan, in 2008, the government passed a law that requires people with large bellies to participate in special sessions to lose weight.
#7. The brain
You will need a blank sheet of paper, a marker or a pencil and the help of a friend. Draw a clock and ask another person to tell you the time (hours and minutes). For example, 10:10 am. Then draw the minute and hour hands to show the time indicated by your friend.
This test involves many processes in our brains. The parts of the brain responsible for arm movement, spatial and visual perception begin to work harder, so the inability to draw a clock and the clock hands can be signs of early dementia.
#6. The spine
You will need 2 scales. Stand on one scale with one foot and on another scale with the other foot. The weight distribution must be the same. If the numbers differ widely, it may indicate that the hip bone, spine, and head are off-center. It is probably time to visit a doctor who will prescribe all the necessary tests.
#5. The respiratory system
This method is called a Shtange test. You will need a stopwatch to run it.
Get up and control your heart rate for 30 seconds. Then sit down and breathe three times in a row without exhaling. So hold your breath as much as you can and count the time. After exhaling, check your pulse for 30 seconds again.
- If you have been able to breathe for less than 40 seconds, the functioning of your respiratory system is not as good. The average result should be 40 to 49 seconds. If you can hold your breath for more than 50 seconds, you will be in good shape.
- Calculate your heart rate using this formula:
The result should be equal to your heart rate for 30 seconds after the test and your heart rate for 30 seconds before the test.
The result of 1, 2 or less is good. If you scored more “points,” it may indicate that your cardiovascular system needs more oxygen.
Look at your nails: they can tell you a lot about your health. If your nails ripple and white or split spots appear, it is not just a cosmetic problem. This condition may indicate that your body does not receive enough vitamin B, iron or enough or that you are at risk of osteoporosis.
Look at the window frame for 30 seconds and then close your eyes. Then open your left eye, close it and open your right eye. If the image you see with your eyes becomes blurred and the lines are no longer parallel to each other, it can be a sign of macular degeneration or severe and irreversible vision loss.
You can also perform another test near a parking lot. Get away from any car 100 meters away and try to read the license plate of the vehicle. If you cannot do this, it is recommended that you visit a doctor.
#2. The hearing system
Try to listen to what people say from 16 to 19 feet away. If you can’t understand anything, you probably need to visit a doctor.
This method does not work in busy places. For example, in a café with loud music, you cannot hear a person talking near you. This is due to the masking effect: a weak sound is masked in the presence of loud noise.
In addition to this test, there are many applications that can verify your hearing.
#1. The liver
Look at the mirror that allows you to see your entire body. Do you see a layer of fat on your waist? It is the visceral fat that surrounds the liver and does not allow it to function properly.
The yellow eyes of the eyes, the bits of fat (especially on the eyelids) and the covered tongue also indicate that something is wrong with the liver.
Remember that these tests cannot be used to diagnose a disease. These are just some methods that can help you take care of your health.
How often do you visit the doctor for a preventive medical exam?