Essential Screening Tests Men and Women Miss As They Age

 

Regular check ups are very important. Early detection of deadly diseases can improve the chance for treatment.

However, a lot of people who are in their 50s, both men and women, have taken for granted going to the doctor for major check ups.

Just because you feel fine and healthy, it doesn’t mean that you are not in risk for any diseases.

Medical check ups in your 50s is even more important if you have a history of family diseases or if you have made bad lifestyle choices in the past, like eating unhealthy diet, smoking cigarettes, living a sedentary lifestyle, and drinking too much alcohol.

Very few men are getting screened or treated for osteoporosis even though one in every four over 50 years old get this disease.

Meanwhile some 8 million adult women are not getting the appropriate cervical check up they should have. They miss the chance of detecting this disease and getting treated from it.

Early detection for breast cancer among women is also very important in treating the disease. One in every 42 women in their 50s gets the disease, research shows.

Let’s take a look at the milestone check ups men and women in their 50s should not miss:

#1: Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis

Most men think that osteoporosis is a woman disease, which is why very few get checked for it.

According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, one in every three women over the age of 50 will suffer from a broken bone linked to osteoporosis. For men, one in every four gets the disease in their 50s.

A research published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found that men are 10 times less likely to get bone density scan after experiencing a fractured wrist.

Men and women who get broken wrist and have osteoporosis have very high risk for hip fracture. However, men with this condition are in risk for a more deadly consequence.

This means, men and their doctors should be more concerned about osteoporosis screening, especially if the man has experience bone fracture.

If you want to prevent osteoporosis, live an active lifestyle, do weight exercises, have a proper intake of vitamin D, and supply your body with the right amount of calcium.

Here are other diseases that are harmful to your bones besides osteoporosis:

  • Rickets and Osteomalacia is caused by vitamin D deficit among children and adults and it can lead to bone deformities.
  • Renal Osteodystrophy is a kidney disease that can cause fractures.
  • Genetic abnormalities like Osteogenesis imperfecta can lead to abnormal and brittle growth of bones.
  • Overactive glands caused by endocrine disorders can cause bone diseases.

#2: Cervical Cancer

Getting screened for cervical cancer is one of the most important tests that women should get, but studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that over half of women with the disease have never been screened.

A human papillomavirus (HPV) test or a Pap smear could identify cervical cancer early, which could increase the chance of treating the disease.

Studies show that over 12,000 Americans women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, while over 4,000 are expected to die from it.

#3: Breast Cancer

Breast cancer screenings are also very important among women. If detected earlier, treatment would be easier.

Breast cancer tests aim to find the cancer before the patient start showing symptoms, like the lump in the breast.

The breast cancers that are detected at a later stage are already larger and have spread beyond the breast area. Meanwhile, the breast cancers that are detected at an early stage are still smaller and are still contained in the breast.

Mammogram is very important when you’re over 50. 1 in every 42 women gets breast caner in their 50s, while 1 n every 29 develop the disease in their 60s. Getting a mammogram once in every two years is recommended by experts.

#4: Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure

Don’t let hypertension snatch your life like a thief in the night, get your blood pressure checked regularly to know what needs to be done.

#5: Thyroid Hormone Problems

Thyroid hormone tests are highly recommended at the age of 50, and then every five years. The thyroid gland plays an important role in producing the hormones necessary for a healthy metabolism. Aging and erratic immune system can lead to a variety of health problems, especially among women.

#6: Colorectal Cancer

Colon cancer is the second deadliest cancer in America. When you reach the age of 50, a colonoscopy is highly recommended. Adults in their 50s have the highest risk of developing this disease. However, according to studies, people who get colonoscopy every ten years have a higher chance of surviving the disease.

#7: High Cholesterol

Check your cholesterol profile once every five years, especially if you have a high risk for heart attack.

#8: Blood Sugar

Blood Sugar

Diabetes, it left untreated could lead to heart diseases, blindness, and kidney failure. Get your blood sugar tested every three years and do the right things to control your diabetes at an early stage.

#9: Weight Gain

Check the weighing scale, because when you reach the age of 50, you might start gaining extra weight. Being overweight can lead to a number of diseases. Weight loss can help you improve your chances against these diseases.

Conclusion

There are countless other milestone check ups people over 50 should take. But the above mentioned are the major ones for both men and women. The major take away is if these diseases are detected early, there is a higher chance of treating it easier.

 
 
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Expert Author : Donna Begg (Consumer Health Digest)

Donna Begg, MD, DrPH, is the website admin. She has been working with highly qualified health and beauty experts across the globe. Donna is an editor, mentor, analyst, and a researcher.