Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Living Healthy is Key



And finally a new week begins. We are back to normal programming! Last week was all sorts; ‘Valentine’s Day’ week must be the most pretentious all through the year! People going beyond their means to surprise/please their lover/spouse/friend with benefit.
While I have nothing against those who believe in idolising the day and concept, I respect those who are truly in love and show it irrespective of season! And by show it, I mean, respect, care for, cater to and stay faithful to their partners.
That being said, I still look forward to the babies that’ll arrive between October and December; I’ll be ready with my knowing look for the parents. You can be sure they are products of Occupy Nigeria stay home and valentine’s week!
Moving on...
Now that the lover’s day celebrations have winded up and the chocolate/cake boxes are empty, how many of you have made plans to get yourselves checked for the first quarter? No one? *smh*

It’s more likely that people worry about the possibility of adding one dress size or more after all the merriment without even taking into consideration the effect on their health. It’s no longer news that people who are seemingly happy and fit can collapse during the least stressful activity and consequently pass on, why then do we pay more attention to our fashion statement and bank statement while our health takes the back bench?
When last did you get yourself examined? Blood pressure, blood sugar, dental checks, and for you in Nigeria, malaria, typhoid? Do you conclude you’re fit just because you multitask; combining work, education and home making? Do you even know that your exercise regime, no matter how strictly you adhere to it doesn’t preclude you from certain ailments?
Ladies, have you ever done a Mammography? Or do you find such process intrusive to your privacy? In that case do you do the monthly physical examination?  Do you know that exercising may help you keep in shape; but it doesn’t reduce your blood sugar level?
Medical doctors advice that certain tests be taken quarterly, half yearly and others yearly from a particular age. They say it’s important to also identify ailments that are hereditary in one’s family and begin to guide against them early. An example of such is diabetes and hypertension.
If there’s any ailment one or more relations from the generation(s) before you are battling, it would only be wise to have yourself checked. You may come out with a clean bill of health and then embark on the journey of prevention; if not, you’re better off knowing and managing it before it gets out of hand.
Cost is one major reason people shy away from these tests, however, they really do not cost an arm and a leg. Most companies have HMO plans for their employees; don’t just decorate your wallet/purse with the card. Plan a visit to the hospital, get checked, ask questions and start living healthy.
Go a step further, make friends with doctors (they are everywhere, even on twitter), eat right, exercise and do not forget, when it comes to your life and health, all the wealth you’re working so hard to amass would mean nothing if you drop dead or become incapacitated.
WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR WELL BEING, DO NOT COMPROMISE!
N.B: if you’re a medical practitioner or dietician and you’ll like to do a guest post on healthy living, please send an email to the.pet.projects@gmail.com

24 comments:

@ilola said...

Omo, you are right o. The only medical check up I have done is when I got employed years back and we were all asked to do check up. My clearline card just sits in my wallet. I think I will repent and do a check up in the next 30 days considering mine is paid for.

As for being friends with doctors... Do you know that statistics say doctors are the worst when it comes to taking care of their own health?

gretel said...

wow,this was a slap on me. I agree with ilola...I am a paramedic that risk her health more than anything, I rather do something else than meds-up, and you need to hear me preach it to others,we shouldn't compromise with our healths but e shouldn't guard it like egg( hope you understand) you didn't mention HIV test,with the whole occupy nigeria and valentine week, STDs has def spread. :D

Myne Whitman said...

LOL @ Oct to Dec babies.

I decided this year to be more in tune with my health, hope I can stick it through.

P.E.T. Projects said...

@ilola:just like you, I kept mine for so long and had it renewed yearly without use, I wasn't even registered at any hospital. Asides from getting a neW pair of glasses every now and then, I just played superwoman

@Gretel: I think you're right about doctors just as Atilola noted. However we can be friends with then for the purpose of acquiring knowledge.

Myne: LOL... Funny though, the joke's on me, I'm an +ctober baby

stelzz said...

you're right. health is wealth.without good health, all the wealth we amass is for nothing

Okeoghene said...

I used to obssess about the wrong numbers eg my dress size, weight, body stats. Now it is time to worry about the right numbers, blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar level.

LOL @ Valentine babies: I am a product too * I guess*

singlenigerian said...

I am guilty here.. On so many levels. About the only thing I check out for is HIV, Blood Pressure, typhoid and Malaria.
Sigh...

Luciano said...

i hate hospitals, something about them just ticks me off but ill take your advice and try going. health is priceless

Ginger said...

I am scared of hospitals..like seriously. See me wwith access to UK NHS and yet not using it. I'll try and muster up courage.

My dear I huffed and puffed through 10 sit-ups and thus had to admit that despite having a good bmi i was not fit. Working on having some daily exercise regime

DIDI said...

On Point but sad thing is hectic schedules sometimes get in the way of everything but thats no excuse..

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True. A healthy living can make a huge difference in our lives. A simple short jog and a regulated diet can make a huge difference.

Toinlicious said...

This post makes too much sense. Truth is, until most people break down, we don't feel the need to keep fit and do regular check-up. That tired feeling u think is stress, that pain on the side of your head, the muscle cramping you get, spasms etc might be something more (or not) but it makes sense to always have it checked.

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kitkat said...

America has made me hate hospitals. It seems like no matter what my ailment is, theey make it seem like a big deal. From a swollen eye to chest ache, everything is a big deal to them. And then i have to pay off huge medical bills..ah!
i cant wait to go home in may an go to a normal hospital biko.

kitkat said...

America has made me hate hospitals. It seems like no matter what my ailment is, theey make it seem like a big deal. From a swollen eye to chest ache, everything is a big deal to them. And then i have to pay off huge medical bills..ah!
i cant wait to go home in may an go to a normal hospital biko.

livelife said...

I do not like hospitals at all. So basically I have over the years fought myself to eat right... Prevention is my watchword. Once in a blue moon though. Still pop in to the clinic to do a routine check.

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P.E.T. Projects said...

Stelzz dear, I love your DP

Okeoghene, I really never worried about those number, im a natural chubby baby but since I started keeping tabs on the health indicators, the changes have been remarkable!

SingleNigerian, oh, not bad, just add up a few more vital ones.

Lue, I do too, but prevention they say... I;ld rather do the checks that have them book me a bed there!

Ginger, I do not exercise, save for the 30mins daily walk, there's just no time!

Didi< but you're lucky though, arent you supposed to take these checks at the beginning of every season?

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dosh said...

Chai! I was busy smiling mischieviously at the babies that will pop out in oct-dec till you started slamming questions. I almost felt yelled at (lol) cos i haven't had a check up in over 2 years.

On a healthy note though, i called my car insurance company for a health insurance quote which i'll get tomorrow, hopefully it will be within my budget and that check up will happen very soon. If not *swallows hard* omo mehn, it won't be easy gathering my cowries and paying ridiculously for "just check ups" but hey, i'll still do it.

Thanks for the reminder of the importance

Gbemisoke said...

hmmmm
I caught my sub oh, cos David is an October baby, but I'll let it slide seeing as you're an October baby too ;o)

Thanks for the health and welness reminder :o)

dayor said...

Lol@gbemisoke...yea right..you caught your sub

Thanks for sharing o...kai! i should go for check- ups sooon,

doll said...

so right....i need to take my health a lot more seriously

Emeka Amakeze said...

I'm not talking about October babies!

Thanks for the health tips and you really made a lot of sense!

angelsbeauty said...

hmmmm... *scratches head* I need to see a doctor!

LOL @
"That being said, I still look forward to the babies that’ll arrive between October and December; I’ll be ready with my knowing look for the parents. You can be sure they are products of Occupy Nigeria stay home and valentine’s week!"

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