National Geographic : 1941 Feb
Take your Health Bearings regularly through Life YOUR VOYAGE through life can be a long and happy one. But certain dangers are inevitable. That's the way life is. ~And that's why, like a careful mariner, you should try to know at all times just what dangers lie around and ahead of you-and what you can do to avoid them. Many hazards to health are best prevented or minimized by taking your health bearings and hav ing thorough physical check-ups at regular inter vals. This sound course is begun when the wise mother-to-be places herself under a doctor's care before her baby is born. Competent and regular medical advice should then lead the infant through its first year-watching its progress, prescribing its diet, immunizing it against smallpox and diphtheria. Regular examina tion by the doctor will help discover and remedy physical or mental handicaps. ~ Your doctor can make the emotional upsets and physical changes of the troubled, adolescent teens less disturbing. He can make the young adult years safer from attack by such diseases as tuberculosis, syphilis, and valvular heart disease. During working years, regular medical examina tions can help to insure your physical fitness for your work and guard your earning power. If caught in time, errors of diet, exercise, and habit, can be corrected before too much harm is done. p-When you have passed the age of 45, annual physical examinations are particularly important. They guide you in adjusting your work and play to the natural limitations of your years. Early detec tion may halt or soften the impact of diseases com mon to later life, such as hardening of the arteries, chronic kidney disease, heart disease, cancer. They help to make possible a useful, sickness-free old age. Thus does the practice of taking your health bearings at regular intervals increase your chances of enjoying a happier and longer life. For Metropolitan's free booklet, "Taking Your Bearings," write today to Dept. 241-N . COPYRIGHT 1941-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) (~ Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y.