Not all of us go running to the doctor when something is wrong. We fight it out, pray for it to go away or just ignore it completely. While we completely understand, this isn’t the best attitude. If you sense that something is wrong, you should always see a doctor immediately. More importantly, you should perform regular checks at home yourself. More often than not, an illness or problem can be detected this way.

Today we’re going to show you seven health checks you can do all by yourself. Read carefully, because they might just save your life.

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Check your pulse rhythm – An irregular pulse is a sure sign of blood or heart problems. It could be a pre-warning sign of a stroke or potential heart failure. This isn’t always an immediately imminent problem. But, if it does feel irregular, speak to a doctor. A good way to test is to feel your pulse and tap out the rhythm with your feet. If it’s way above or below the average heart rate, you should speak to a doctor too.

Feel for lumps – Cancer is one of the scariest health problems out there, hitting more than a third of people over their lifetime. It can strike at any time and at any age. It’s really important that you check yourself for any noticeable lumps. Boys and girls, that means your intimate areas too. Remember, the earlier you catch cancer, the easier it is to treat.

Measure your waistline – We certainly don’t want to encourage drastic dieting. However, stubborn belly fat can have dangerous ramifications. It increases the likelihood of diabetes, heart disease, strokes and high blood pressure.

Look at your gums – Your mouth can help diagnose many problems before they manifest. Everything from diabetes to cancer to heart disease can be detected in the mouth. Gum disease is an especially big problem and one that can be identified early. If your gums are red and bleed often, this is a sure sign to speak to your doctor or dentist. Bad breath is also an early indicator of some illnesses.

STD check – This is often an embarrassing one for younger adults and teenagers. However, it’s really important that you conduct regular STD testing if you’re sexually active. This can sometimes be done at home or at a clinic. Sexually transmitted diseases can have huge health defects like infertility or even HIV.

Wheeze check. – Thousands of respiratory and asthma problems go unchecked in this country every year. Many will dismiss a cough or wheeze as a simple cold when often it is a much bigger problem than that. A simple wheeze check can be done with a cheap piece of apparatus.

Stretches – This is particularly important for the elderly. As the body ages, flexibility is one of the first things that is affected. When you start to lose flexibility, it can slow down the blood and nutrient supply to the muscles. Try a regular stretching or yoga workout and identify any loss of flexibility.

These are all quick and easy health checks you can do on a regular basis. Don’t neglect them, it might just save your life.