21 Simple Tests to Evaluate Your Health That You Can Do Now

How to Monitor Your Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is another common women’s health condition — and it’s also a major risk factor for heart disease. A home blood pressure monitor is probably a good investment, especially if you already have hypertension. Normal readings are at or below 120/80.

Here are some things to keep in mind during your test:

  • Measure your upper arm circumference before you purchase a monitor. Make sure the cuff size fits your arm (these measurements are included on the box).
  • Make sure it’s easy to use and read.
  • Ask your doctor’s office to check it for accuracy at every visit.

Anemia

When standing in front of a mirror, pull your lower eyelid down. If the color is pink, everything is okay. However, if you have anemia, the color may be a pale pink or even yellowish. Anemia is caused by a lack of hemoglobin and indicates that the muscles and tissues in the body aren’t receiving enough oxygen and can’t work at 100%. If you notice that you are pale, you get tired quickly, or breathe heavily, you should get a doctor to examine you.

How to Test for Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

If you’ve ever had a UTI, you’re familiar with the dreadful symptoms (the persistent need to urinate — and the burning sensation when you do). If you suspect that you have a UTI, an over-the-counter urine test can detect it right away.

Call your doctor if you test positive because you’ll need to start antibiotics to clear up the bacterial infection. Left untreated, the infection can spread to the kidneys and cause a more serious problem. If the test is negative, but you still have symptoms, be sure to follow up with your doctor.

Hormonal imbalance and lack of microelements

Losing hair is a natural process. According to doctors, we lose from 50 to 100 hairs every day. There is nothing to worry about. But in order to understand when it’s time to worry, you can do a simple test.

  • Your hair should be dry and clean. Take a small lock of hair and pull. Don’t pull too hard. If you have only about 2-3 hairs in your hand, it’s perfectly normal. If you have more, you should visit a specialist.

There can be a lot of reasons why people lose hair: stress, poor hygiene, or serious health issues. Hair often becomes thin due to a hormonal imbalance or nutrient deficiency. These symptoms should not be ignored.

How to Check Your Skin for Malignant Moles

The American Academy of Dermatology suggests carefully checking your birthday suit on every birthday — a women’s health check that many of us neglect. If you notice any moles or spots changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist (a skin care specialist) to get them evaluated for skin cancer, an increasingly common women’s health condition. Most types are very treatable, if caught early.

Carpal tunnel syndrome

This test can detect a professional problem of office workers, artists, and bikers — carpal tunnel syndrome.

Lift your hands up so that your forearms are parallel to your face. Try to reach the base of the palm with the tips of your fingers. If you can do this for 1-2 minutes, you are fine. But if you have tingling, numbness, or pain in your wrists or fingers, this can be a sign of tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome appears when the neighboring tissues press on the median nerve. The pain and numbness will only get worse without the proper treatment.

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