Preventative Care Tests for Ages 50+

By: Matthew Funeral Home
Monday, November 23, 2020

Taking care of yourself, and your health is vital to living a longer, happier life. As you reach an advanced age, it is important to take a few extra steps to ensure that you are on top of potential health concerns. This article will discuss important preventative care tests that allow your primary care physician and other doctors to assess your overall health, and screen for potential problems. Talk with your doctor about care options, and which preventative care tests are recommended for your health needs. 

Costs of Tests

The cost of these tests should not stop you from taking these, as the medical costs down the line from something a test could have caught can be astronomical. Most of the tests mentioned below can help doctors identify signs of life-threatening conditions such as cancer or cardiopulmonary issues. Most health plans, as well as Medicare, pay for preventative tests. Your doctor can help you with further cost support options, or connect you with low-cost or free options in your area. 

Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can lead to a heart attack, kidney damage, eye damage, and even stroke. Most people should get their blood pressure checked by their doctor every 2 years, or more often if it is high. Your doctor may want to monitor your blood pressure more often if it is above average.

Cholesterol

One of the main risk factors of heart disease, one of the top causes of death in America, is high cholesterol. People over the age of 40 should talk with their doctor to determine how often screening is needed, but the average person should get tested every 4-6 years at least. 

Colon Cancer Screenings

Colon cancer is the third most common type that affects older Americans, with over 100,000 new cases yearly. There are a number of different tests that can be used to screen for signs of cancer in the colon. Getting one or more of these tests, as determined by your physician, can make it easier to identify any potential issues. Colonoscopies, Sigmoidoscopies, stool DNA testing, fecal occult blood tests, and CT colonography can all be used to screen for colon cancer. 

Mammograms

Mammograms are the best way to screen for early signs of breast cancer development. According to the American Cancer Society, women over 40 should get a mammogram yearly. Family history and other factors can help your doctor determine how often you may need to get tested.

Bone Mineral Density

A bone mineral density test checks your risk of developing osteoporosis. This is a condition that weakens bones and can make falling even more dangerous. Most health experts suggest that women receive this test at age 65, and age 70 for men.If you are at high risk for developing osteoporosis, your doctor may recommend that you be tested sooner.

Diabetes Screening

Diabetes affects about 10% of all Americans. Almost 28% of all those with diabetes are undiagnosed. Diabetes can lead to eyesight problems, including cataracts and blindness; kidney disease; and even limb amputation when not properly managed. Ask your doctor about how often you should be screened for diabetes. 

 

Matthew Funeral Home does not provide medical or healthcare advice via articles.  This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for medical advice. 

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