No matter how healthy you feel, you have no idea how things are going to change in the next five-to-ten years. And as you get older, there’s no doubt those trips to the doctor are going to become more frequent. That’s not to say you are falling apart – far from it. But, from the age of eighteen onwards, your body starts to change a lot – and things can fail if you don’t keep on top of them. Here are some important checks all young people should have as they move into older adulthood.
I would like to think that all young adults out there of either sex are already checking yourself regularly for cancer. Breast and testicular cancer are more likely to hit you later in life, but it is not uncommon in young people. Also, make sure you keep an eye on your skin. As teenagers, there’s a good chance you never paid attention to all the information available on UV ray damage. Maybe you didn’t bother with sunscreen. If so, you run the risk of developing skin cancer at some point. So, always be on the lookout for changes in your moles or new growths that might appear anywhere on your body.
Your hearing and vision can also start going wrong when you are a young adulthood. Your eyes will start to get worse depending on a range of factors, including your genetics. Your hearing is another story altogether. If you have spent your youth with your head shoved down a bass bin at gigs, there is a good chance it will affect your hearing. If you have concerns, take a look around the internet. I’m sure there is a great guide on how to prevent your hearing loss from progressing that can help. And make sure you get advice from your doctor, of course.
Cholesterol and diabetes
Another thing that happens as you reach your 20s and beyond is that your metabolism starts to slow. And, all that junk food that you ate as a teen might well start to come back to haunt you. Make sure you have a check for diabetes and also look at your cholesterol levels. At this age, you can still repair a lot of the damage with the right eating plan. But, you have to get started as soon as possible.
Lungs and heart
Did you smoke as a teenager and then give up? With any luck, you will be able to see the back of the majority of lung damage caused by smoking. If you haven’t quit yet – do so as soon as possible. Medical experts think that you will still have time to repair your lungs if you quit by your thirtieth birthday. Either way, it’s vital that you have regular checks to make sure there hasn’t been any lasting damage to your lungs – or heart. Diseases, cancers, and heart attacks are not uncommon in people in their twenties and thirties.
OK, so there you have it – some simple ways of looking after your health as a young adult. With a little luck and plenty of health checks, you should keep yourself safe from any of these issues.