Health Tests You Must Get Over 50

November 21, 2020

 When you get to your 50s, you’re in the prime of your life. You should be ready to take on the world, and this means feeling fit and well. For many, they fear that age brings illness and yet it doesn't have to be that way as with anything, prevention is better than cure, and it makes sense to speak to the doctor before any issues are present! 

Age doesn't have to mean illness for you, and whether you take on opticians appointments or a regular HIS appointment, you need to go beyond that and speak to your regular doctor to know what else you should be doing. So, with that in mind, here are some of the health tests that you should be getting over the age of 50!

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  1. Colon cancer screening is something that all over 50s should be aware of. No one wants to go for a colonoscopy, but if it could pick up something and potentially save your life, you need to grit your teeth and go for it. Any bowel changes should be watched for as you get older, and informing your doctor is vital so that you can get the help you need as early as possible. Intervention can change everything - especially as you get older.

  2. Have you ever heard of the middle aged spread? A few extra pounds across the middle of your stomach is very normal for your middle age. You need to be careful of weight gain as you get older as it can put more pressure on your joints and make you susceptible for diabetes and heart disease.

  3. Take care of your senses! If your eyesight is failing or you need help with your hearing, get the help you need and don't wait around. Your eyes and hearing can deteriorate quickly and you could use hearing aids and glasses to help with both.

  4. Have you had a blood test lately to look at your blood sugar levels? Untreated diabetes is a killer and it can destroy your health entirely. It can lead to kidney failure and heart disease, and it can even lead to blindness. Don't let your blood sugar shoot up if you can help it!

  5. Women need to book a mammogram when they turn 50. Regular breast screenings will prevent you from dealing with the risks of breast cancer. As we age, cancer is a shadow that hangs over us and our health, and a mammogram can help you to pick up any issues.

  6. Vision tests are vital as you get older. Sight loss isn't just caused by age, though, but by things like cataracts. You need to ensure that you can see everything, as the struggle is real! Cataracts can lead to an operation and this can be scary. You can catch this early and get some help right away!

Health is important to keep an eye on and you need to think about keeping your health in check as you age. Being 50 isn't the end of life: it’s the beginning of adventure.

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