It’s incredibly important to look after your health as you get older since your body is no longer able to compete with what it once was when you were 20. Managing your health through diet and exercise is vital in order to keep yourself in top condition. Here are important health checks to do when you are over 50.
Your blood pressure reveals a lot about your heart condition, the blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against your artery walls. As you get older, your blood pressure tends to rise and with that comes a risk of heart disease. It is recommended to start getting your blood checked every year after the age of 40. This is because if you have any signs of high blood pressure it can be seen and dealt with right at the beginning rather than letting it progress into something soon to be much worse.
As you age, colon cancer becomes more common and so it is important that you get tested occasionally. There are different studies found that certain factors could make some people more vulnerable to colon cancer, some include personal history, if your family has a history of cancer or any symptoms; have a genetic link, Lynch Syndrome, FAP, and more. However, if none of these apply to you then you should start screening at age 50 and should be checked at least once every five years.
Cholesterol is a perfectly normal thing to have and is needed for our bodies to function, however, if levels reach too high it can be dangerous. High cholesterol can lead to serious heart problems and should always be less than 200 milligrams per decilitre. When tested you can identify if your levels are too high which would result in doctors’ recommendations to help you decrease them to help you live a longer life.
Fast foods are great, and we all love eating them, especially when we’re younger, however, as you get older these things catch up on you a lot quicker. In your 50s you should ask your doctor to check your blood sugar levels as soon as possible, as quite like everything on this list, it’s better to cut it out sooner rather than later. Even if you’re not diabetic, you should get your blood sugar levels tested and if you are at normal levels you may not need to get it checked again for another few years, although if you are at high risk then you should get it checked annually.
Unfortunately, another problem that arises as we age is that our bones become weaker and more brittle. This is known as Osteoporosis disease and it is very important to know if you have it or not as even with something as little as a fall can severely damage someone with Osteoporosis, yet it might not do near the same to someone without this disease.
Prostate Check (for men)
Your PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) levels determine how well your prostate is working and tells your doctor if your PSA levels are higher than normal which can indicate prostate cancer. The PSA test is generally recommended for men over the age of 50 however like Colorectal Cancer there are some attributes that might make you more vulnerable and therefore are advised to get checked after 40.