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DIY health checks you can do at home

Posted at 8:41 AM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 09:41:03-05

(KPRC) If you don’t go to the doctor regularly, there are still a few tests you can perform at home to let you know if you should schedule an appointment.

One is taking your blood presssure. If it’s higher than 120/80 after testing it a couple of times, you should see a doctor.

If you’re overweight and your midsection measures above average, you need to get tested for diabetes.

“If a woman measures her waist circumference and she’s 35 inches and above on her waist, and if a man does the same thing and he’s 40 inches and above on his waist, those people would have a much higher risk of developing diabetes in their lifetimes,” notes Dr. Christine Le of the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.

To test sciatic nerve irritation, put your chin to your chest and stick one leg out.

“If it hurts and it shoots down to their knee, down to their hip, and it causes severe pain, it could indicate that a person has a sciatic nerve inflammation,” Dr. Le says.

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