Are you the type of person who puts off hospital trips and screenings? Many of us are. We tend to think that if we are not feeling ill, then everything is probably okay.
However, quite a few of us later face difficult situations and experience that make us wish we’d just gone ahead and done it, beforehand.
Health screenings can help uncover medical problems beforehand and makes treatment easier for patients. Health screenings additionally help people who get tested to gain a long-term perspective on their health.
Here are a few screenings that you should ideally get, that will help you maintain and improve your quality of life as you get older.
Screening for Prostate Cancers
If you’re a senior with Medicare, now is the perfect time to consult your doctor about getting screened for serious health complications such as cancer, cholesterol issues and glucose levels. Screenings are particularly important for men of 50 years of age or older who are at a higher risk for certain types of cancers.
Men meeting this criterion should ideally get tested for both, prostrate and colorectal cancers, as they are the most common types of cancers found in men.
Blood Pressure Screening
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of Americans face high blood pressure problem.
As per the same report, only half of the affected population is actively taking steps to control their blood pressure. Although blood pressure increases with age, undetected blood pressure problems is the root cause of seven out of every ten first heart attacks, as well as eight out of every ten first strokes. Ideally, these screenings should be done every two years.
As awkward and uncomfortable as they are, colonoscopies help the early detection of colorectal cancers, which is the third most common type of cancers in men and women. The recommended age for a first screening start at the age of 50 and should be done every 5 years, until the age of 75 years.
After the age of 75, your doctor will recommend whether you should continue with these screenings or not.
Bone Density Scans
These scans are beneficial for determining whether you’re at risk for a fracture in the next 10 years or bone diseases such as osteoporosis. Women at and over the age of 65 should get a bone density scan done and then go for a follow-up as per their doctor’s recommendation.
Thyroid Function Test
According to the American Thyroid Association, one in every 4 patients over 60 years of age and in skilled nursing homes has undiagnosed hypothyroidism.
Thyroid function screenings should be started for all adults over the age of 35 years. Many ailments commonly believed to be not linked to thyroid are in fact, indicators of a thyroid problem. This includes problems such as heart flutters, severe constipation, hearing loss, hand tremors and even unexpected weight gain or weight loss.
Wondering if your Medicare Plan covers these tests and screenings?
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