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5 health screenings to get done stat

Health • by Natasha Butler • 26 June 2020

 

During this time of COVID-19, it’s even more vital that we take care of our health. So get screened for these health issues as they could make you more vulnerable to this disease.

1 Glucose

A high level of glucose (sugar) in your blood puts you at risk of contracting diabetes. And many people may be living with diabetes without even knowing it, so it makes sense to get your glucose levels checked asap.

2 Hypertension (high blood pressure)

You can develop hypertension from consuming too much fat and/or salt and having too much cholesterol which puts you at risk of heart disease. So it’s a good idea to get screened.

3 Cholesterol

Cholesterol is when you have fatty deposits in your blood vessels, restricting blood flow to your heart. This can put you at risk of heart attack or stroke.

It’s important to note that if you have diabetes, hypertension and/or cholesterol, you have a higher level of the enzyme, ACE-2, which leaves you at greater risk of contracting severe COVID-19.

4 Smoking status

Smoking damages blood vessels and can result in stroke, coronary heart disease and lung cancer and can even lead to death. People who smoke have diminished lung capacity and are at increased risk of contracting a very severe case of COVID-19.

5 Flu vaccine

Even though the flu vaccine is not a health check, getting one is still a good idea as it will help your immune system in fighting off the current flu strain. And catching a cold or flu this winter could leave your body weak and more susceptible to other viruses.

Getting screened

Health screenings may be done at a GP, pharmacy, local clinic, pathology lab and/or other relevant medical facility.

Your medical aid or health insurance may cover certain screenings which may be covered in full or come with co-payments.

Get free screenings with GetSavvi Health

At GetSavvi Health we offer free screenings with our FeelBetterFast benefit where you can visit any pharmacy clinic for a free consultation and medication.

FeelBetterFast screenings include:

  1. Blood pressure
  2. Cholesterol
  3. Glucose
  4. Body mass index
  5. Smoking status

These health checks require no co-payments. Depending on the pharmacy, some nurses may even offer guidance and/or pamphlets to supplement your screening.

If you’re not a member yet, join GetSavvi Health today where you and your family will get the health benefits you need at a price you can afford.

So call us on 0861 18 92 02 or email talktous@getsavvi.co.za for more info on our full range of benefits.

Sources:

The heart and stroke foundation of South Africa

Southern African Hypertension Society

immunopaedia.org

News Medical Life Sciences

World Health Organization

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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