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6 Essential Diagnostic Tests for Women Over 30

Why should women in their 30s get these diagnostic tests as a precautionary measure?

The human body goes through many changes from birth to old age. As we age, our metabolism and other processes slow down, which can lead to various health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure. This makes it extremely important to get a health check-up done and make the infection easy and healthy for the body. The thirties are a critical time for women trying to strike a work-life balance. It is often seen that with age, many types of diseases start occurring in women. These minor ailments disturb their domestic life. Since women are the backbone of the family, their well-being is considered to be the health of the family. In such a situation, it becomes even more important for them to be aware of their health. Especially women should get some important tests done after the age of 30. Let us understand which are these tests:

1. Complete Blood Count: A complete blood count (CBC) is a blood test used to evaluate your overall health and diagnose a wide range of diseases such as anemia, infections, and, in rare cases, even blood cancer. A complete blood count test measures several components of your blood, including red blood cells (R.B.Cs), white blood cells (W.B.Cs), hemoglobin, hematocrit (Hct), and platelets. This test is commonly used as a screening test to detect anemia. This can provide further clues about common nutritional deficiencies that can cause anemia, such as iron or B12. CBCs may also be used to monitor your overall health and treatment.

2  Lipid Profile: Lipid profile measures the level of specific fat molecules called lipids in the blood. Its one-panel test measures a number of substances, including several types of cholesterol. This test helps to check the risk of heart disease and the health of blood vessels. Knowledge of lipid profile can help one to change their eating habits, diet, stress, exercise, and lifestyle in a positive direction. Thyroid disease and PCOS are commonly associated with an unfavorable lipid profile.

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3. Thyroid Function Test: About 1 in 10 women in India has a thyroid problem. Since the symptoms are usually slow initially and often go unnoticed for a long time, it is important to get yourself checked for thyroid problems. Symptoms are irregular periods, excessive weight gain, hair loss, or infertility,” this simple blood test needs to give results for an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) and an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism).

4. Blood Sugar: The symptoms of diabetes can be hidden for a long time without anyone’s knowledge. Diabetes can raise your blood sugar to abnormally high levels because your body is unable to produce or use insulin properly. He said that insulin is very important for the body to use blood sugar for energy.

5. Pap Smear Test:  About one-fourth of the deaths due to cervical cancer worldwide occur in India. Pap smear is a simple screening procedure for cervical cancer and it detects the problem at an early stage. It is also used to detect changes in the cells of the cervix that may later turn into cancer and need to be monitored further. This procedure involves examination by your gynecologist or a trained nurse, who takes a sample by gentle scraping of cells from your cervix, which is then examined under a microscope to look for abnormal cells or any infection. is examined. Women aged 30 and older may consider having this test every 5 years, which will combine a Pap smear with an HPV test (human papillomavirus).

6. Mammogram Test: The risk of breast cancer in women increases with age. Although screening tests are usually recommended after the age of 40, if breast cancer is heritable, it is better to have a mammogram beforehand along with regular breast exams.

Mammography is a type of X-ray test that helps detect lumps in the breast. It should be done once a year for the assessment of breast cancer or precancerous damage. Self-examination is generally recommended for any abnormalities or lumps in the breast. Getting regular medical checkups is also a better option.

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Jagisha Arora

MA in History and has worked as a freelance writer. She writes on issues of gender, caste and democracy.
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