A profound shift in the balance of the major causes of death and disease has already occurred in developed countries and is underway in developing countries as well. Globally, the burden of non communicable diseases has rapidly increased. Non communicable diseases account for almost 60% of the 56 million deaths annually and 47% of the disease burden worldwide. In view of the predicted future growth in this disease burden, the prevention of non communicable diseases becomes the most important aspect of healthcare.

The World Health Report 2002 indicates in detail, how in most of the countries, a few major risk factors account for most of the morbidity and mortality. For non communicable diseases, the most important risks include high blood pressure, high concentrations of cholesterol in the blood, inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables, overweight or obesity, physical inactivity and substance abuse specially alcohol and tobacco.

Regular, yearly physical exams are very important, and that importance will increase, as we grow older. Combined with an overall healthy lifestyle, an annual visit to a physician is the best way to preserve your health. Lifestyle plays a very important role in our health. Not practicing healthy behaviors such as eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly and getting regular checkups increases your risk of disease.

Regular checkups are a valuable tool in maintaining good health. Taking proper care of your health at the right time can prevent a lot of problems in the future. It’s good to find out that you have a problem, before it is too late to cure it. So appropriate tests should be done at the right time.

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