The start of a new year is a prime opportunity to check up on your health.

Preventative healthcare is an important part of physical and emotional well-being. It involves a variety of components, from proper nutrition and exercise to managing stress and having regular health screenings.

Health checks focus on prevention and early detection of common health issues, assessing risks of certain diseases. Screenings ensure an individual is on the right track to good health, and a better lifestyle.

Executive health checks

Health City Cayman Islands

A number of clinics offer health checks, including Health City Cayman Islands. It has developed three health-check programs – executive, cardiac and comprehensive – that provide sophisticated diagnostic tests and cardiac testing services.

The cardiac program includes a thorough cardiovascular fitness evaluation and lifestyle assessment to determine stress levels, nutrition and exercise habits, among other factors that affect heart health. The data is then assessed, and a personalized action plan is recommended that is tailored to meet the individual’s specific health needs.

Know your numbers

Doctor examining test tubes.

Health checks focus on prevention and early detection of common health issues.

Health can be a numbers game, so it’s important to track the ones that matter the most.

These include knowing your cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels to see if you are at risk of certain diseases.

High blood pressure is known as the silent killer because it often has no obvious symptoms. It is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. That’s why you need to get you blood pressure checked and know whether you are at risk. Lifestyle adjustments such as dietary changes, exercise and stress management can help lower blood pressure.

Blood glucose testing can diagnose diabetes. Often referred to the “lifestyle disease,” Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable by eating well and getting enough exercise. Lifestyle changes can help reverse a diagnosis of diabetes.
The main risk associated with high cholesterol is heart disease. Often, simple lifestyle changes can get you back on track. Getting enough daily fiber, for example, helps lower cholesterol. It also lowers blood-sugar levels and assists with weight management.

Sign up for ‘Dranuary’

Woman pushing glass of alcohol away.

It stands for Dry January – taking a break from imbibing. With all the excesses of the season, abstaining from alcohol for the first month of the year has become a popular resolution. The U.K. advocacy organization Alcohol Concern gave the no-drinking challenge a high profile, and it has now spread to many other countries.

Taking a break from Cayman’s cocktail culture could be a jumpstart to better drinking habits and better health.

By saying no to the tipple, you’ll likely have more energy, improved sleep, lose a bit of weight and your pocketbook will thank you.

If you are smoker, cutting out alcohol can also be an incentive to cut back – or ideally quit – the habit. Check with the Health Services Authority, which offers smoking cessation classes several times a year.