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Even in today's modern world, the age-old adage of "healthy mind in a healthy body" still holds true. Having good physical health is vital for a sharp and active mind. Recent studies have shown that increasing stress of today’s fast paced sedentary life and slower metabolism with aging is giving rise to several health problems such as hypertension and diabetes. It is imperative to make lifestyle changes that cater to your body's requirements. The best way to measure your body's needs is by taking up women health checks.

Here are some of the most common tests that are included in a women's health check-up package:

1. Complete blood counts:

  • Abnormal changes in cell counts that could indicate an underlying medical condition may be detected through a complete blood count (CBC) test, prompting further testing.

  • The World Health Organization global estimates of anemia prevalence averaged 56%, with 51% prevalence in the Indian women. 

  • CBC test is among the basic tests done in women health check which measures the following:

  • Red blood cells, which carry oxygen. 

  • White blood cells, which fight infection. 

  • Hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells and 

  • Platelets, which help blood to clot

  • A complete blood count (CBC test) can show unusual increases or decreases in cell counts. Those changes might point to a medical condition that calls for additional testing.


2. Thyroid function tests

  • Thyroid disorders are the most common endocrine disorders in the world. It is estimated that almost 42 million people in India suffer from thyroid related disorders. 

  • Thyroid function test (TFT) refers to the quantitation of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and circulating thyroid hormones (T3 &T4) in serum, to assess the ability of the thyroid gland to produce and regulate thyroid hormone production. 

  • Deficiency or excess causes irregular periods, heavy menstruation, infertility, weight gain or loss.

  • Thyroid function tests (TFT) can assist in identifying the presence of hypothyroidism (insufficient thyroid hormones) or hyperthyroidism (excessive thyroid hormones).

  • Thyroid diseases are easy to diagnose. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are crucial for managing thyroid related problems.


3. Blood Glucose Estimation

  • Diabetes is a long-term medical condition that develops when the pancreas fails to produce sufficient insulin or when the body is unable to effectively utilize the insulin it generates.

  • Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar.

  • The incidence of diabetes in India has increased from 7.1% in 2009 to 8.9% in 2019.

  • More than 50% of people are not aware of their diabetic status which leads to health complications if not detected and treated early. 

  • A random blood sugar test involves checking the blood glucose level at any given time or randomly throughout the day. It is a test performed outside the regular testing schedule to diagnose/ assess the treatment of diabetes.


4. PAP Smear 

  • Cervical cancer (CaCx) is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Indian females, accounting for 14% of all cancers.

  • It is an easy, convenient, non-invasive screening procedure for cervical cancer and check for the presence of precancerous or infections on cervix.

  • Early detection of cervical cancer through a PAP smear increases the likelihood of successful treatment. 

  • A PAP smear test can also detect changes in your cervical cells that suggest cancer may develop in the future and is an integral part of women health check. 


5. Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 level test

  • Vitamin D, which is a fat-soluble vitamin, plays a crucial role in human physiology. Vitamin D plays an important role in absorption of calcium. Indian diet generally fails to fulfill the daily requirement of Vitamin D for a normal adult. 

  • Deficiency of vitamin D causes osteoporosis in elderly leading to fractures and frequent falls. 

  • Indian population, with largely vegetarian food habit, is more prone to harbor deficiency of vitamin B12. The Indian population has a prevalence rate of 47% for vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause several health issues ranging from anemia and neurological issues.

  • Both Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 are slightly less sought-after tests but very important to include in women health checks as they are easily treatable.

In conclusion, regular women's health check-ups are vital in maintaining good health. Women should consider taking up health check-up packages that include these essential tests to detect any underlying health issues and receive appropriate treatment at an early stage.

Dr. Shubhashree Phaniraj B

Aster Labs Mysore