How to Avoid Expensive Medicals Bills: 6 Little-Known DIY Health Tips

Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Bee…He was the 6th of my friends who died (4 days ago) within a year. Two died late last year from cardiac arrest and cancer, while four this year – two from cancer and two from cardiac arrest.And he died right on the operating table while undergoing a by-pass.You might think this is no big deal because people die every day, anyway. You will just shrug your shoulders and say that it was their time.True!But when death strikes close to home, i.e., close friends, relatives, members of brothers, sisters, children, parents or spouses dies, it becomes personal. We weep, mourn, and are sad of our loss.And if the cause of death is avoidable and curable (at their early stages), like the above examples, we not only mourn. We are vexed why they allowed such things to happen to them.A good example is the 6th death. He was a doctor, a rheumatologist, and one of the best in the city.Ten years ago, he had his first by-pass. I was expecting that he will take better care of his weight after that. I was wrong.When he died, he weighed almost double than when he had his first operation.Ironical, isn’t it? He knew that he was walking a path that will surely lead him to an early death but never paused for a second to think of his options, never changed direction.He knew, but he ignored it.How about my other friends and all the others who died of diseases? Did they know or not. If they did, did they ignore them too, like my doctor friend?We will never know because nobody is telling. But you don’t have to be like them. You don’t have to follow their footsteps. You don’t have to die needlessly or untimely.Here are a few things you can do to live a healthier and happier life.6 DIY ways to avoid expensive medical bills:These preventive steps can go a long way to “nip things in the bud.”1. Check the color of your urine:Check the color of your urine each time you go to the bathroom when you wake up in the morning.Urine has 70 markers that can determine if any part of your body is functioning well or not.Foremost of these markers is color.The normal color of urine is pale yellow to gold if you are healthy. The color may change from the food you eat or drugs you are taking.The color becomes pale yellow to almost white if you drank too much water or a diuretic.A dark honey color or brown could mean that you are dehydrated and must drink more water. If it persists, you may have liver problems and must see a doctor right away.If your urine has spots of blood, it could be a urinary tract problem, or kidney stones. Pain normally comes with these problems. If you feel no pain, it could be signal for cancer.Dark or orange urine, if it comes with pale stools, yellow skin and eyes, could be liver malfunction problems.Mayo Clinic has a good urine color chart to help you avoid expensive health problems down the road.2. Regularly check your weight:Unexplained weight gain or loss could indicate hypothyroidism, adrenal disorders, fluid retention as in congestive heart failure, or renal disease.Other than dieting, unexpected loss of weight can signify cancer, autoimmune diseases, chronic diseases or depression.For women, it could be signs of pregnancy.3. Check your teeth:Don’t just brush your teeth, check them for cavities and other teeth problems.Check your gums for gingivitis (gum inflammation) or periodontitis (gum disease).Visit your dentist regularly. Dental problems can be signs of more serious medical problems of the heart, lungs, digestive system and other parts of the body.It can even spot early signs of oral cancer.4. Check your skin:Regularly check your skin for changing moles or lesions that don’t heal.Liver spots are normal when you grow old. But if they grow in size or feel itchy, visit your dermatologist.Be careful with the sun. Though sun tanning is cool for most, you are actually damaging your skin from the sun’s radiation.Most common skin disease caused by too much sun exposure is melanoma, which can be fatal. It normally starts as an innocent, slightly darkened mole. If it grows and begins to itch, consult a dermatologist.Take note that a skin exam is only good on the date it is performed. So many things can happen a day, a week, or a month later.5. Your stamina:Consult your doctor if you run out of breath going up or down staircases, or gets flustered doing things you can easily do before.I asked a cousin who had just a by-pass how he knew that he must have the operation. He told me that he cannot go up a single flight of stairs, or walk the distance of two street lamp posts without pausing for a rest.Sudden loss of stamina could indicate heart problems.6. Check your home:Yes, home is where your heart is. It can also be a favorite breeding place for molds, tics, toxins and other irritants that can make you feel unhealthy.A poorly ventilated, poorly lit, and dirty home can cause headaches, congestion, respiratory irritation, asthma or allergies.To put your heart where it should be, have your home regularly checked for molds, allergens, and chemicals that may be harmful to your health.Diseases and other medical problems don’t just come from out of the blue. They come like a train approaching an intersection – with horns blaring.They start as seemingly innocuous irritations, discomforts, tiny little spots, a small cavity tooth cavity, or little loss of breath which we take as one of those things that happen on a bad day, or will just go away.Next time you feel any of these, consult your doctor. It could be the most important thing you do to avoid more serious health problems up ahead and save on expensive medical bills.Remember the saying, “Forewarned is forearmed.”