Take better care of your car than your body’ You may be overdue for a ‘tune up.’ ‘Most of us would not let our cars go over 7,500 miles without an oil change but we neglect our bodies all the time,’ said Dr. Cliff Dacso, a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dacso said that periodic health examinations are important since chronic conditions can be detected early and then treated using less invasive, painful and inconvenient methods. ‘Managing chronic diseases can help reduce deadly complications that lead to kidney failure in diabetics, and heart failure and stroke in diabetics and people with high cholesterol,’ he said. For example, diabetics may need to take insulin and continually monitor their blood sugar. People at risk for heart disease may need to limit how much fatty foods they eat and take cholesterol-lowering medication.