Your health is one of your most valuable possessions, so it’s important to make sure that you’re taking the necessary steps to protect it. One way to do this is by regularly taking health tests. There are a number of different health tests that you can take, and each one can provide you with valuable information about your health. Here are six tests that you should take to make sure that you’re healthy.
One of the most important health tests that you can take is a diabetes test. Diabetes is a serious disease that can cause a number of health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. People with diabetes have high levels of blood glucose so diabetes tests measure your blood glucose level for early detection. You can take the test at your doctor’s office or better yet do it in the comfort of your home with a home diabetes testing kit.
Here’s how to take the at-home test properly:
- Do a skin prick. You’ll need to take a small amount of blood from the tip of your finger with a lancet.
- Place a drop of blood on one end of the test strip and wait 5 seconds for it to absorb into the strip.
- Put the other end of the test strip into the metre.
- The metre will provide you with your blood glucose level reading.
Another important health test that you should take is a cholesterol test. When you have high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, it can lead to serious health problems like heart attack and stroke. A cholesterol test measures the amount of LDL in your blood so that you can make changes to your lifestyle if needed. You can take the test at your doctor’s office or use a home cholesterol testing kit.
Using a home cholesterol testing kit is easy:
- Place a drop of blood on the end of a test strip and wait 15 seconds for it to absorb into the strip.
- Insert the other end of the test strip into your meter. You’ll get your reading in just a few seconds.
Blood Pressure Test
High blood pressure is another serious health problem that can lead to heart attack and stroke. A blood pressure test measures the pressure of your blood as it circulates through your body. You can take a blood pressure test at your doctor’s office or use a home blood pressure testing kit.
Home blood pressure testing kits are easy to use:
- The kit comes with a digital monitor, a cuff that wraps around your upper arm and an inflation bulb.
- Wrap the cuff around your other arm and inflate it until you feel tightness in your arm. Release the button on the inflation bulb as you feel this pressure.
- Make sure that the monitor is in direct contact with your skin and press the “on” button.
- Hold the monitor in place and wait until the reading is stable.
Kidney Function Test
Your kidneys are responsible for filtering waste products from your blood and removing them from your body. When your kidneys aren’t working properly, it can cause a number of health problems. A kidney function test measures how well your kidneys are working so that you can take steps to protect your health. You can take the test at your doctor’s office or use a home kidney function testing kit.
Home kidney function tests are easy to use:
- The test comes with a cup that holds urine and test strips.
- Collect your first sample of urine in the morning before eating or drinking.
- Pour some urine onto the strip until it’s soaked through. Leave it for 10 seconds, then shake it gently to remove any excess liquid.
- Check your results after 3 minutes.
Meningitis is a serious infection of the membranes that cover your brain and spinal cord. It can cause a number of health problems, including hearing loss, learning disabilities, and seizures. A meningitis test measures the number of antibodies in your blood to help determine if you have meningitis. You can take the test at your doctor’s office or use a home meningitis testing kit.
Home meningitis tests are easy to use:
- The kit comes with a blood collection needle and vial, and a test strip.
- Draw a small amount of blood from your finger with the needle.
- Put the blood in the vial and shake it gently.
- Remove the test strip from the vial and wait for the results.
Mental Health Test
Mental health problems can cause a number of issues, from substance abuse to depression. A mental health test measures the function of your brain and nervous system so that you know whether there’s a problem and how severe it is. These tests are used by psychiatrists and psychologists to diagnose people with mental illness or developmental disabilities. You can take a mental health test at your doctor’s office. There is no home mental health test at this time. Here are the most common mental health tests:
An intelligence test measures your IQ, or how smart you are. It’s used as a general measure of your cognitive abilities and to predict your academic success. You can take an intelligence test at school or in the military with an official form. There is no home version of this test at this time.
A memory test measures your ability to recall information. It’s used to help diagnose people with memory problems, particularly early Alzheimer’s disease. You can take a memory test at your doctor’s office. There are several types of home tests that claim they can measure your memory, but they’re not up to scale.
A personality test measures your patterns of behaviour that are characteristic of you. It’s used to determine if you have a mental illness or developmental disability, and it’s also used in career counselling to help match your interests with potential jobs. You can take a personality test at school or work with an official form.
Taking tests is a great way to make sure that you’re staying healthy. By taking some of the most common tests, you can catch health problems early and get treatment before they become serious. So, don’t wait-get started on your health today by taking one or more of these tests!