As you age, the need for regular medical testing increases. It’s important to be proactive about your health and monitor any changes in your body. Here are a few common tests you should get done so you can live a healthy and long life:
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in every three adults has elevated blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Hypertension is called the “silent killer” because symptoms usually don’t show up until it’s too late. This is why it’s very important to have your blood pressure checked at least once every year, if not more.
After you turn 50, you should get a colonoscopy every 10 years and if polyps are found or if you have a family history of colorectal cancer, you should get them even more frequently. Colorectal cancer is highly treatable if it’s caught early!
Many are aware of osteoporosis, but they don’t get bone density scans done. The scan measures bone mass which helps with bone strength. Bone scans are recommended after the age of 65, especially for women.
Prostate cancer screening
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. So, those who are 50 and over should be getting a prostate cancer screening done if they are at an average risk for prostate cancer. Screenings should also be done for those who are 40 to 45 and have a high risk, or a family history of prostate cancer.