Health Checkups At Every Age
We all like to think that getting sick isn’t something that will happen to us – not the really bad stuff at least – but we all have the potential to become ill. It doesn’t matter how healthy we eat or how often we exercise; there is no guarantee that we won’t be struck down by something we’d rather not even think about, especially as we get older. That’s why you should always get tested when the time is right.
Here is a brief guide to some of the most important health checks you should have at any age:
In Your Twenties
In your twenties, you are most at risk from sexually transmitted infections. So, if you are sexually active, you should consider being tested for them at least once a year, even if you’re being safe.
If you’re woman, you may also want to be screened for cervical cancer too.
In Your Thirties
High cholesterol and diabetes are both big problems for people in their 30s, especially those who are overweight, eat a poor diet or smoke. Luckily, these tend to be issues that it is possible to control or even, in some cases, reverse, with healthy lifestyle changes, so get checked out as soon as possible, so that you can make any changes necessary.
Now is also the time for both sexes to get more diligent about checking for lumps and other kinds of cancers.
In Your Forties
In your forties, you are even more likely to develop diabetes, especially after you hit 45. That’s a pretty good time to have yourself checked for any signs of prediabetes if you haven’t already been diagnosed.
It’s also a good idea for men and women who start having their blood pressure checked every 3-5 years after hitting 40.
In Your Fifties
If you’re a man over the age of 50, you need to be on the lookout for symptoms of prostate cancer, which most commonly shows itself in the form of urinary issues. If you’re a woman, your chances of breast cancer will be much higher than when you were younger, so checking for lumps is essential.
Women may also need to be checked out for any symptoms of osteoporosis, side-effects of which include fragile bones that fracture easily.
In Your Sixties
When you’re over sixty, having a hearing test and an eye test every year is pretty essential because both are likely to become weaker as you advance in years. This is especially important if you were a musician or otherwise surrounded by high volumes for a lot of your life, and if you already have problems with your eyesight.
Apart from that, being checked regularly for various cancers and heart conditions is not a bad idea.
In Your Seventies and Beyond
Once you hit seventy, it is, unfortunately, the case that your odds of getting sick with most things increase dramatically. Of course, you can help to stave off illness by being active and setting up healthy habits, but you should ideally see your doctor for a full physical and as many health checks as you can get at least once a year, paying particular attention to your memory and cancer checks.
No matter what your age, if you notice a change in your health, please regular checkups out by a professional!