Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Sudden Illnesses Attacking Young People

Just like a motor vehicle, which requires regular maintenance in order to be well-functioned and durable, our body' s health also needs to be checked periodically so that our financial and social productivity are always well-maintained.

Reading a tweet from a 25-year-old - "Oh, yeah! Being sick is expensive, bro! But why did the disease come on suddenly?" *swipe the card again and again.*The tweet continues: "Bad luck is when you fall sick during the crucial moment at the office."

The tweet is quite evocative because it exposes the truth that the public awareness, especially young people, to have a comprehensive medical check-up is still low. Even until today, a medical check-up is identified to something that will cost you an arm and a leg. In fact, the loss might be bigger if a disease which could have been known earlier through a medical check-up is treated too late. The loss is not only limited to a financial aspect, but also to a social productivity aspect. During sickness, a person will experience a decreased body condition, causing him/her to be unable to be industrious.

The changes in young people' s lifestyle, especially those living in urban areas, with instantaneous, sedentary, competitive, stressful, and bustle way of life have caused numerous cases of young people "suddenly attacked" by various illnesses. Someone who always appears to be healthy and fit suddenly falls sick from illnesses people of young age are prone to, such as heart attack, stroke, disorder in the liver functionality, etc. Lifestyle factor aside, young people are often not aware that they have a family medical history that might raise the risk of disease.

Why do young people need to have a medical check-up?

A periodic medical check-up is a must for young people to maintain the quality and continuity of life. We will never know exactly when a disease will come. Anything can happen to our body from time to time and diseases may come sooner or later. Therefore, the periodic medical check-up is required.

Prodia provides a special medical check-up for young people aged 18-30 years, namely Young Generation Check-Up Panel. This panel includes the complete minimum laboratory tests conducted to figure out common diseases suffered by young people.

The followings are the examinations provided within Young Generation Check Up panel:

  • Routine Hematology to detect infection, anemia, or other blood disorders.
  • GOT, GPT, and Gamma GT to identify liver cell damages and the possibility of fatty liver disease.
  • Fasting Glucose to assess the risk of hyperglycemia, to diagnose diabetes mellitus (DM), to monitor the therapy and support the DM management.
  • Total Cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol, Direct LDL Cholesterol, and Triglyceride to assess fat profile and the risk of other cardiovascular diseases.
  • Creatinine to recognize kidney function disorder.
  • Uric Acid to assess the risk of hyperuricemia.
  • HBsAg and Anti-HCV to detect the infection of hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses.
  • Routine Urine to allow early detection of infection or disorder in the urinary tract.
  • Rontgen Thorax to figure out the condition of the heart and lungs. Blood Pressure, Waist Circumference, and Body Mass Index (BMI) to detect hypertension and obesity.
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