“Prevention is better than cure” – Concept of Preventive health is highly applicable when it comes to health checkups. You don’t know what is happening inside your body before the disease is fully established. These health checks will make you to realize how fit your internal systems are. If any of the
pathological events are initiated, then it can be detected by these advanced tests. I-AIM Diagnostic packages are the set of clinical investigations with Physicians consultation that are very essential to identify diseases in their earliest incipient stage. By knowing the outcome of the reports, our Physicians will advices appropriate medicines, dietary and lifestyle changes and Panchakarma treatments as required. This will minimize the chances of occurrence of the diseases, decrease the gravity of the diseases and prevents complications. Many people think that they are too young to get screened.
However for adults, age is not the criteria to stay away from these preventive checks.
Integrative Preventive health check
“Prevention is better than cure” and it is highly applicable when it comes to health checkups. Many people think that they are too young to get screened for certain conditions. But the fact is you will never know where you stand in terms of your health. Certain silent killer diseases like diabetes and hypertension cannot be detected unless to get exposed to those tests.
The outcome of these tests will give an idea to take appropriate actions to stay healthy and hearty life. These health checkups are recommended for one and all. Individual may find himself to be fit and healthy but still he may be at risk. It’s like ice berg phenomena i.e. only people with disease and impairment will go to clinics and hospitals whereas like remaining large hidden part of the iceberg is what constitutes the mass of unrecognized diseases that are not identified. If these subjects undergo health checkups, then physician will get lot of scope to reverse the problem in the earlier stage itself.
Sometimes subject feels difficult in choosing the right set of diagnostic packages that are offered by the laboratories. These packages may be not be customized based on the need of the healthy subject and hence a healthy person in mid 20s will be assessed for Prostate specific antigen (PSA test) which is relatively expensive and not much significant for that age group. On the other hand, a person with strong family history of diabetes may be just assessed for Fasting blood sugar and missing out the possibility of impaired glucose tolerance however in such cases, HbA1c will have significant role to play and this test may not be a part of the regular health check components. To overcome such errors, we at I-AIM healthcare center has come out with unique Integrative Preventive Health check program that is designed based on the certain parameters of Ayurveda blended with the current contemporary knowledge.
Preventive Integrative health checkup:
Concept of integrating the modern diagnostic tools by blending with Ayurveda science will help the individual to obtain more information about his body and the diseases to which he is prone for.
Before the blood and other samples are subjected to tests, the subject will undergo:
a) How healthy Am I questions
b) Prakruti assessment
c) Body composition analysis
d) Brief medical history
Based on each outcome, investigations will be advised.
a) How healthy Am I ?-
These are 20 question based on the concept of signs and symptoms of health as explained in
Ayurvedic classics. Here, the subject will undergo all the questions and based on the outcome,
we will come to know where he stands in terms of his health score. These questions are
subjective in nature that also covers the health status of the five sense organs.
b) Prakruti assessment– this is the unique concept of Ayurveda which describes about the body constitution. By knowing one’s Prakriti one can maintain better physical, emotional & mental health. It helps to live better by:
- A suitable diet
- The right lifestyle
- Knowing one’s strengths & weaknesses
- Anticipating disease and preventing them
- Better relationships
- Pursuing right kind of work
Apart from that it also predicts the tentative diseases for which he is prone for in his lifetime. Based on this prediction, it will help the Ayurvedic physician to select the appropriate diagnostic tests. Ex. In Kapha dominated Prakruti person, the chances of elevation of lipids are relatively high when compared to Pitta dominant Prakruti individual.
c) Body composition analysis –
Body composition analyzer works based on Bio-electrical impendence. The reflected impulse
from the subject’s body will gives the details of
- Fat %
- Muscle Mass (kg)
- Bone Mass (kg)
- Body Mass Index
- Daily Calorie Intake (kcal)
- Metabolic age
- Water %
- Visceral fat
This will help the physician to know the physical fitness of an individual. This is further
interpreted to understand the concept of Dhatus (body tissues) and thereby helps to anticipate
the onset of the diseases pertaining to those tissue systems of the body. Ex. If Fat% is on higher side, investigations like lipid profile will be preferred.
d) Brief medical history
A brief background of the individual will gives the physician lot of information. Family history, certain habits and lifestyle will make him to susceptible for certain conditions and accordingly, those investigations will be preferred. Ex. History of smoking will suggest to include pulmonary function test. Consuming long term medications for Diabetes and high cholesterol will risk the liver and kidneys and hence, person with that history has to undergo the investigations like Liver function test and Renal function test.
To conclude- you are different from the general population and the test that are needed to be assessed are also different. Hence seeking medical advices and selecting appropriate diagnostic tests will not only saves your money from unnecessary investigations but also give you the clear picture of your health status. By adding Ayurvedic knowledge in anticipating the forthcoming diseases, will help you to stay away from those condition by following the Ayurvedic regimen. It will also suggest the does and don’t in term of lifestyle and dietary practice so as to stay healthy throughout your life.