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7 Health Information That Every Adult Needs To Know
If you are reading this article, congratulations! You have graduated from being a kid to being an adult. We live in a world of information and we are constantly bombarded with new health-related research, studies, and opinions. It can be difficult to know what is true or if it’s just an opinion when many topics involve politics, religion, personal belief systems, etc. The fact is that there are some things that are indisputable facts about our bodies, as an adult, there are certain things that you need to know about your health in order to live the best life possible. Here is some information you might not know that I think every adult needs to know
1. Your blood type.
Do you know your blood type? Group A? Group O? Group AB? Knowing your blood type gives you a better understanding of your health. According to Reader’s Digest, studies reveal that particular groupings are connected to slight increases in the risk of illnesses like heart disease. Not only that, but it’s also a good idea to keep essential health facts like your blood type in your head in case your doctor needs to know.
2. What type of exercise you prefer.
Are you into Pilates? Soul Cycle? or you’re okay with a simple jog around your neighborhood. It makes no difference how you exercise; what matters is that you move. Exercise supports a healthy mind as well as a healthy body. Moving, even if it’s only for a stroll, has been shown to enhance mood, lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, and more.
3. Your family medical history.
A map of your genetic history is essential knowledge to have so you know what symptoms to look out for in yourself. Was your grandma afflicted with breast cancer? Did your uncle have a problem with drugs or alcohol? Any information is useful information. This is particularly true if you’re looking for a new physician. At your initial appointment, health care specialists are likely to inquire about a history of cancer, heart disease, or mental health issues, so be prepared.
4. A basic understanding of your moles or pigmentation.
Melanoma, the most dangerous kind of skin cancer, is expected to cause around 73,000 new cases in 2015, with rates rising in people under the age of 40. A dermatologist can do a full body scan to map and ensure that everything is in line. And the more you know about your body, the more likely you are to notice and speak out if something changes.
5. Your allergies.
You don’t have to have a severe allergy to react to the arrival of spring or the taste of a new food. Allergies come in a variety of degrees of severity, ranging from moderate to severe. Additionally, allergies can emerge later in life, so it’s a good idea to check in with your doctor every now and again to make sure your immune system is still up to the task of dealing with your roommate’s cat or outside pollen. Keeping track of which drugs, foods, and other factors provoke an allergic response can save your life.
6. Your vitamin deficiencies.
You may appear to be in good health, yet your body may require assistance. Deficiencies are no laughing matter. Anemia can be caused by a lack of iron, and too little vitamin D has been related to mental health problems. Consult your doctor to ensure you’re getting the necessary quantity of vitamins, which should ideally come from your food. If not, a supplement could be the answer.
7. A basic understanding of your health insurance.
HMO, deductible, copay… It’s enough to make your head spin with the jargon. Spend some time learning the basics of your health insurance plan’s regulations and benefits. When you’re looking for a doctor, it’ll be a lot easier, and it’ll be less startling when it’s time to pay for your visit.
We know that as an adult it can be hard to keep up with what’s going on in the world. Especially when there are so many things vying for your attention, from work and family life to politics and social media. While you may not have time to read a newspaper or watch TV news every day, we hope this 7 health information has given you some new insights into issues of importance. If any of this sounds interesting or important, please don’t hesitate to reach out – our team would love to hear more about how we can help!