Annual health checkups were previously regarded as being the best way to identify potential risk factors that could ultimately prevent disease. However, the fact that every one of us has a unique lifestyle means the risk factors or health indicators also differ from person to person. If we are able to identify which type of lifestyle we lead alongside the type of work we carry out, it could enable us to understand more about our health and thereby identify the most suitable form of health screening program for our own unique needs.
|Recommended health screening program||Details||Office
|Service industry employees, including cleaning staff||Administrative staff||Shift workers (flexible working hours)||Sportspersons, exercise lovers and those who travel often||Vegetarians, vegans and ethical eaters||Celebrities and socialites (those who love to party)|
|Annual health screening (according to age)||Various programs that are designed according to a person’s age, gender and likely risk factors||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Gastroenterological health screening (suited for people who eat at irregular times of the day, including those who regularly suffer from stomach cramps, indigestion and acid reflux)||Consultation with a gastroenterologist to screen for the causes behind digestive health irregularities||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Colon health screening (suited for people who suffer from chronic constipation or diarrhea as well as those with a family history of colon cancer and those over the age of 50)||Consultation with a specialist in gastroenterology and colon health to identify any potential irregularities while also screening for colon cancer||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Orthopedic and musculoskeletal health screening||Consultation with a specialist in orthopedics and sports science to screen and diagnose orthopedic injuries or abnormalities affecting the musculoskeletal system||•||•||•|
|Stress hormone (cortisol) and sleep hormone (melatonin) screening||Consultation with a doctor specializing in endocrinology to redress any hormone imbalances that may be causing stress and impact sleep quality as well as suggesting lifestyle adjustments according to the unique hormonal needs of the individual||•||•||•|
|Vitamin and mineral level screening||Consultation with an anti-aging specialist and rehabilitative expert to redress any vitamin and mineral imbalances while also suggesting lifestyle adjustments suited to the unique needs of the individual||•||•||•||•||•|
|Physical capability and fitness screening||VO2Max assessment to measure a person’s physical capabilities regarding the maximum amount of oxygen that can be processed for use during exercise||•|
|Full body health screening for runners, cyclists, golfers, football players and triathletes||Health screening that includes a consultation with a doctor specializing in orthopedics and sports science to optimize the performance of athletes, including runners, cyclists, soccer players and triathletes.||•|
|Health screening aimed at prolonging the aging process and finding body’s natural balance||Consultation with an anti-aging specialist and rehabilitative expert to redress a body’s natural imbalances while also making targeted lifestyle adjustments suited to the individual’s unique needs||•|
|Liver health screening using FibroScan® for those who regularly drink alcohol||Diagnosis aimed at identifying the formation of a membrane in the liver tissue of those suffering from chronic liver disease or analyzing the accumulation of liver fats in those suffering from alcohol-related fatty liver disease||•|
|Genetically-related cancer risk screening in those who have a family history of the disease||Consultation with a specialist in genetics and hereditary disease to identify an individual’s specific risk of developing a disease in the future, especially with regard to hereditary forms of cancer||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
In addition to lifestyle specific health screening, there is a health disorder that may result from certain types of activities or from spending extended periods on electronic communication devices using social media – a condition that is called office syndrome.
Office syndrome refers to symptoms that arise due to taking up the same working positions repeatedly over an extended period of time. Key symptoms include aches and pains, trigger fingers, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, numbness in the fingers and legs, vision deterioration as well as underlying stress.
Not properly treated office syndrome symptoms can lead to an increased risk of other disorders, including a slipped disk, scoliosis and severe muscle weakness. It could also result in depression due to the effects that stress can have on a person’s physical and mental health.
Whatever your lifestyle, you will be able to find a screening program that offers you sustained health alongside early detection of disease.
Faculty of Medicine Srinakarinwirot University , 2013