16 January 2019 | Features | By Amol Naikawadi
While spending a fortune on your wedding attire, think of spending a dime for your good health too
The preparations for a couple’s wedding day involve the attire, gifts, decorations, invitations, venue, looks, photographs, honeymoon and much more. In Indian weddings especially, a lot
of money is spent on the functions that last for 3-4 days. A huge importance is given to the things that please others. Moreover, it’s a period of immense excitement and yearning for the couple. Finding the love of one’s life and committing a lifetime to that individual brings a lot of emotional upheavals. The bride and groom spend a considerable amount and time on selecting their dress, décor and F&B menu for all the ceremonies, getting their pre-wedding photoshoot done, and deciding the honeymoon locale. However, there is one important thing that's always ignored: a premarital health checkup of the couple.
The wedding may last for few days, but a marriage lasts forever. A premarital checkup helps the couple identify any conditions such as genetic, transmissible and infectious diseases. A marriage is the biggest event in the lives of a couple, hence they should make sure they take care of their health too along with other factors. A good premarital testing program informs couples and provides unbiased health evidence. Family history, genetics, age, diet and addictions, all contribute to creating a map for the future.For couples considering marriage, pre-marital screening helps detectdormantillnesses and risks for their progeny. It also aids them to understand their heredities and take essential precautions or treatments.
Getting a health checkup done instead of matching horoscopes to fix a marriage should be the new culture considering the health-stats of the country. A premarital checkup helps
couple in taking care of each other, and their combined family.
Although, everyone should undergo a preventive health checkup once every year, a premarital checkup can be doneabout six months before the wedding.
What should the couple get checked for?
Amol Naikawadi, Preventive Healthcare Specialist, Indus Health Plus