HOW TO CHECK YOUR HEALTH

Self-monitoring is a good way to keep an eye out for any changes in your health that might require medical help, as well as being a way of generally keeping you in fine fettle. Even if you are super- healthy be sure to register with a local GP surgery.

• Book regular eye tests at the opticians. Every two years is recommended.

• Ideally, visit your dentist twice a year for a check-up of your teeth and gums and for a clean by the hygienist. Dentists also check the health of the inside of your mouth – this is extra important if you smoke.

• A blood pressure reading of more than 90 over 60 (90/60) and less than 120 over 80 (120/80) is ideal. A higher reading might indicate a change in lifestyle is required. If your blood pressure tends to be higher than normal and requires regular monitoring, invest in a home monitoring device.

• Women aged 25-49 are offered cervical screening – a smear test – every three years through their GP. Keep your checks up-to-date.

• Consider having a flu jab each autumn if you are asthmatic.

• Check your Body Mass Index (BMI) to make sure that your weight falls in the right range for your height. See www.nhs.uk/Livewell/loseweight/Pages/BodyMassIndex.aspx

• Check breasts or testicles once a month. Look at them in the mirror and feel them to monitor any changes. Changes, including lumps, can occur for many reasons and the vast majority of lumps are not cancerous. However, you should always have any changes checked out.

LIFE ADMIN AND ETIQUETTE

Let this section be your guide to getting your life sorted, being the best host and the guest everyone wants to invite.

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