No one can keep perfect track of their health at all times. And of course, not every headache or upset stomach is a sign of some awful underlying issue. However, there are certain aspects of your health that deserve more attention than they typically get.

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Are You Overlooking Potential Issues?

It’s easy to focus on huge health issues while ignoring the seemingly more mundane ones. However, neglecting a minor problem for too long can allow it to develop into something truly serious. To reduce your chances of dealing with this, take the time to check on these less immediately important aspects of your health:

  1. Sleep
  2. Mental health
  3. Skin
  4. Back
  5. Hearing
  6. Sight

1) Sleep

A few nights of bad sleep won’t kill you, but an ongoing pattern of sleep deprivation is bad news. Both your physical and mental health will suffer. Being tired during the day will also affect your ability to work or take care of yourself. If you struggle with sleeping and waking up refreshed, talk to your doctor about possible solutions.

2) Mental Health

Mental health receives much more attention today than it has in the past, and rightly so. However, too many people neglect it even unconsciously. And since mental health and physical health are deeply interconnected, neglecting mental health can harm you in other ways. Don’t brush your mental struggles under the rug–they deserve attention! Talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have.

3) Skin

The word “skincare” usually conjures up images of fancy, expensive lotions, and anti-aging creams. While there’s certainly a place for both, the most important day-to-day part of skincare is sun protection. Sunscreen or other skincare products with an SPF rating both help prevent skin cancer and reduce some visible signs of aging. Remember, your skin is your largest organ. Take care of it!

4) Back

Anyone who has dealt with a back injury knows how important this one is. Back problems can severely hinder mobility, which causes other aspects of your life to suffer and can eventually spawn other health problems. The best approach to back health is preventive. Focus on core-strengthening exercises, improve your posture, and maintain an at least semi-active lifestyle.

5) Hearing

Hearing loss can turn your world upside down. Not only will communication be more difficult, but depending on how the hearing loss occurred, you may also have balance problems (since the vestibular system, the part of your body that controls balance, is found in the inner ear). Once again, the best way to take care of your hearing is to take preventive measures. Bring earplugs or noise-canceling headphones to very loud environments and keep the volume low when you wear earbuds.

6) Sight

Finally, losing your sight can be devastating. Even if you don’t completely lose your sight, hampered vision affects your daily life in multiple ways. Visit an eye doctor regularly for vision checkups and ensure you get the right prescription for any glasses you may need. If you notice any concerning changes in your vision, schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Taking Care of Your Body

Your body is a well-oiled machine, and each part of that machine connects to many others. Damage to one part can mean hindered function for anything connected to it. Treat your body like the amazing machine it is and take good care of it for a healthy life.

Contact us to get started on your new preventive health plan today.

Dr Abbas Jafri MD