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10 Simple health checks you can do at home

Even something as simple as self-examination at home has potential benefits. Take a look at some health checks you can do at your home.

Mind Body By Himanshu Sharma / Sep 09, 2014

Self-Health Check-up

All medical tests even something as simple as self-examination at home have potential benefits. If you have the know-how of self examination, it is easier for you to sort out the feeling of being ill and take further steps that are necessary. Take a look at some of the health checks that you can do at your home. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Pregnancy Test

At-home pregnancy test is probably the most frequently used self-administered health test. These are acknowledged as accurate and safe. Most of the pregnancy tests at home are urine-based and look for the presence of the human chlorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Glucose Test

At-home glucose test, also referred to as reflective glucose monitoring, is another common self-administered health test. Those with diabetes can use the test to check their blood sugar levels and ascertain that their levels are not spiked. It would be a great investment to pick up an easy-to-use blood pressure monitor and learn how to check your own pressure. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Belly Fat Check

One of the most important self-exams would be measuring the fat around your belly as accumulation of fat is linked to many health conditions. Simply wrap a tape measure around your waist at the level of your belly button. If you see it increasing every month, it could be some form of a serious medical condition such as heart disease and diabetes. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Heart Rate Check

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide. A self-exam to gauge the health of your heart is to check your pulse when you’re at rest. Place the first two fingers of one hand on the area at the base of the wrist on your other hand. Count your pulse for 10 seconds and multiply it by six, it should be between 60 and 100. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Oral Health Check

A sore or lump that doesn't heal on the lips or in the mouth is a cause of concern. You can run a finger around and under your tongue to feel for any abnormalities. Lumps, or abnormalities are one of the early signs of oral cancer. Always let your doctor or dentist know about these findings. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Breast Exam

Self-administered breast exams are considered an important part of breast cancer detection. Women should just make sure that breast tissue feels like normal and in case they aren’t, consult a doctor. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Skin Cancer Check

A complete body self-exam that checks for moles or changes in old moles should be done once a month. If you find any new growths, growths that bleed, itch, burn or crust over or a change in old moles, report it to your health care provider. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Testicular Cancer Check

Testicular cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer and arguably the best survival rate. Examining testicles is a good way to find this cancer at an early stage i.e. when it is treatable. After shower, your scrotum is relaxed. Check for any lumps or changes in size. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Yeast Infection Test

If a woman is aware of symptoms of yeast infection, they can tell without doing a self test to see if they have it or not. Yeast infection tests measure the pH levels of your discharge to confirm the condition. (Image source:Gettyimages)

UTI Test

Urinary tract infections are painful, but they can be detected early at home and treated on time. After peeing on a dipstick, the test measures whether white blood cells, nitrates and proteins are present in your urine or not. These are all signals of infection. At home, UTI tests can help you get rid of a burning pelvic pain. (Image source:Gettyimages)


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