10 Health Tests Seniors Need

medical exams to takeToday’s post is coming from LiveAnew, and their exploration as to how seniors can continue to stay healthy as they continue to age. I’ve personally known the members of LiveAnew and they are absolutely dedicated to adult incontinence product, as well as promoting senior health.

Going to the doctor is never fun at any age. When you’re young, visits to the doctor often come with shots or tests to make sure you’re a healthy child. As an adult, the trips are fewer and far between luckily. But as you age, the need to visit the doctor becomes more routine and, of course, more of a chore with each return trip. Growing older means you become susceptible to many issues associated with old age. Getting shots to prevent the flu is one common visit due to your immune system not being quite up to what it once was. There are many common tests which seniors may need to look into having done during their next trip to the doctor. If you’re worried or unsure of these tests, talk them over with your doctor to learn more about the risks and benefits. These tests may not necessarily be applicable to all seniors.

Four things medical doctors recommend:

Healthcare tests give seniors the benefit of knowing. You may find out if you have high blood pressure, if you need to take certain kinds of medicines, if you’re at risk for some disease, and to simply find out the cause of an ache or pain. Many seniors feel that taking tests is unnecessary. If they are feeling fine, why bother getting tests? Some tests may be important for your doctor to make sure you remain in good health. Consider these health tests as more of a preventative measure than anything else. Some of the most popular tests you may want to look into are listed below. As always, talk with your doctor about these tests to see if you should or should not have them done.

Blood Pressure: One of the most popular tests around. A doctor will more than likely have this done on a regular basis, but make sure you keep a check on your blood pressure regularly. High blood pressure that isn’t checked can lead to a higher risk of stroke or heart attack. Even if you don’t visit your doctor regularly, your local pharmacy or store may have a blood pressure machine to self-check on.

Eye Exam: Getting your eyes checked is important at any age. Getting them checked as a senior is even more important to maintain your self-reliance. Glasses power may need to be increased at various intervals in life as you age. Don’t wait until your eyesight is bad before getting an eye exam.

Skin Test: More than 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each you. Getting a regular skin test can give you the peace of mind that you’ll never be included in those numbers. This is an especially important test for seniors who spent a great deal of time out in the sun.

Diabetes Test: This is a test which should be scheduled regularly after the age of 45. While signs may not appear outright to let you know you have the disease, tests can determine if you’re at risk and your doctor will be able to help you figure out a plan for getting you out of the danger zone.

Colonoscopy: It may not be the most pleasant item on the list, but getting a colposcopy can help monitor for any cancerous polyps which may appear. Colorectal cancer is highly treatable if caught early enough, and this test can help you achieve that goal.

Bone Density Scan: Another test on the list which is incredibly important for seniors to get. The test will let you know whether or not you are at risk for osteoporosis. This test measures your bone density mass which will allow doctors to judge the strength of your bones.

Mammograms: For senior women, getting a mammogram at least twice a year is helpful for catching any signs of breast cancer. Unfortunately, the risk of this form of cancer increases as you age so making sure you’re all clear is important.

Prostate Cancer Test: These screenings can help measure your prostate-specific antigens in an effort to make sure you are not at a risk for prostate cancer. These tests should be done more regularly if someone in your immediate family has had prostate cancer.

Cholesterol Screening:  A high cholesterol level means you are at increased risk for stroke and heart attack. This screening will tell if your healthy and unhealthy cholesterol is at the right level.

Hearing Test: This test is always an important one for senior citizens. As you age, hearing levels tend to decrease. A hearing test can let you know your hearing levels and if it may be time for you to look into getting a hearing aid.