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Check Up saves lives

What is a check up?

The screening, or check-up, is a set of diagnostic tests that allow us to see the general state of our health. For some of us it may seem like an unpleasant process, but it is very important to do it at regular intervals to check for possible health problems.

Why is it important?


The main reason that makes preventive examinations especially important, is because they enable the doctor to detect a health problem in time, increasing the chances of treatment and at the same time protecting against bigger problems!

Also, a large number of people get sick from some disease without knowing it, ignoring the messages that the body sends every day. With a simple check-up, diseases such as type 2 diabetes and breast cancer can be diagnosed and treated early.


What does it include and what frequency?

There are general guidelines for when tests need to be done, which are for healthy people without specific predisposing factors.

For ages up to 40 years every 2-3 years

For ages 40+ per year

In any case, your doctor is the one who will tell you which tests you should do, but also how often to do them.

Examples of exams performed at a check-up include:

  • Hematological during which blood lipids (cholesterol, triglycerides), sugar, etc. are checked.
  • General urine for the detection of diseases related to the urinary system
  • Cardiology including cardiogram and ultrasound of the heart (depending on the age of the patient)
  • PSA test for prostate index in men over 40 with a family history, otherwise recommended after 50 years.
  • For women from the age of 35 onwards, mammography and uterine ultrasound should be included, while after the end of menopause they should be performed every year.

Finally, it is important to transfer as much information as you can to your doctor, about the medical history (individual & family), so that he can adjust the examination accordingly.

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Winter: Foods that shield health

Every winter our body is more vulnerable to viruses and colds and the best way to shield our body is with proper nutrition. See which foods will protect you from winter viruses!

Garlic

The active ingredient allicin contained in garlic in combination with vitamin C, offers strong antibacterial activity. Research by the US National Institutes of Health. showed that the daily consumption of garlic, protects against colds while reducing their duration.

Fruit and vegetables

The antioxidants and vitamins found in fruits and vegetables protect against colds while boosting the immune system and regenerating damaged cells.

Fish, eggs and cheese

They provide you with the particularly important vitamin B12 which helps the normal functioning of the immune system and the reduction of fatigue.

Dried grapes

It is an important antioxidant that contains many trace elements (calcium, iron, etc.) and vitamins (A, C, B1, B2, B3, B6) while also offering antibacterial properties.

Carrots

Carrots can become our shield against colds as they are rich in β-carotene which enhances the aggression of white blood cells.

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VITAMIN A

Vitamin A is also known as retinol and belongs to the group of fat-soluble vitamins. It is an important ally for the body because of its powerful antioxidant action, which provides a shield of protection against free radicals.

Vitamin A is one of the favorite vitamins of women as it enhances the growth and reconstruction of the body’s cells and tissues. In this way it contributes to the acquisition of a healthy and radiant skin.

Studies have shown that vitamin A plays an important role in protecting the eyes and maintaining good eyesight. Protects against the appearance of cataracts but also from the appearance of diseases of the cardiovascular system.

The intake of vitamin A is partly from the foods of animal origin that we consume but also through its precursor forms (provitamin A – carotenoids) derived from plant foods.

Animal resources

  • Liver
  • Fatty fish – Cod liver oil
  • Egg yolk
  • Dairy products

Plant sources

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Melon
  • Green leafy vegetables
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VITAMIN K

The term vitamin K refers to a group of fat-soluble vitamins to which vitamin K1 and vitamin K2 belong.

Vitamin K1 is also known as phylloquinone and is obtained through the diet of the individual. Vitamin K2 is also known as menakinone and is synthesized mainly by friendly intestinal bacteria, while it is also found in small quantities in animal products or fermentation products.

Vitamin K plays an extremely important role in blood clotting as it participates in the synthesis and activation of coagulation proteins. It is also involved in the formation of osteocalcin, a secretory hormone that regulates calcium deposition in bones.

Animal resources

  • Salmon
  • Shrimps
  • Chicken
  • Eggs

Plant sources

  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Dried figs
  • Olive oil
  • Spinach

Caution: Vitamin K is contraindicated in people who are deficient in the enzyme G-6-PD or are receiving treatment with coumarin – anticoagulants.

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VITAMIN C vs PROPOLIS

VITAMIN C

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin known to all for its beneficial properties in the body. Contained in high quantities in fruits (mainly citrus fruits) and vegetables.

Vitamin C provides the body with a supportive action, as it plays an important role in strengthening the immune system. Relieves the symptoms of the flu, the common cold and various viruses. Also, studies have shown that it has antihistamine action, helping to treat allergic symptoms.

Vitamin C provides the body with a supportive action, as it plays an important role in strengthening the immune system. Relieves the symptoms of the flu, the common cold and various viruses. Also, studies have shown that it has antihistamine action, helping to treat allergic symptoms.

Finally, vitamin C levels are responsible for good mental health and good mood in general.

CAUTION! In cases where the daily intake exceeds 1g. can cause diarrhea (mainly in people with gastrointestinal sensitivity).

Nutritional sources

  • Κόκκινες πιπεριές, ωμές
  • Πράσινες πιπεριές, ωμές
  • Λαχανάκια Βρυξελλών
  • Ακτινίδιο
  • Red peppers, raw
  • Green peppers, raw
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Kiwi
  • Natural orange juice
  • Mango
  • Cabbage, raw
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Peach
  • Mandarin
  • Tomatoes

PROPOLIS

Propolis is a resinous and sticky substance with a brown or brown color usually found in the bee community. More specifically, it is used by bees to protect and seal their hives from enemies and bad weather, but also to disinfect their interior.

Bees use propolis as a bonding agent to close any holes or cracks in their hives. Propolis is collected by bees, which collect it from the shoots of various plants and then process it by enriching it with various ingredients such as pollen and various enzymes.

Propolis from antiquity until today is characterized as one of the most powerful antibiotics of nature. It has strong antiseptic, antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties thanks to which it effectively fights viruses and bacteria while helping to protect the general health as it strengthens the immune system.

Having a strong bactericidal action, it is also used in infections of the respiratory system and oral cavity, in skin diseases, in diseases of the genitals (eg vaginitis, genital herpes) as well as in the treatment and healing of skin wounds.

CAUTION! Propolis can cause allergic reactions in people with a history of allergies to pollen, honey and their derivatives.

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