Steps to take to being healthy: Men ages 65 and over

Steps to take to be healthy: men ages 65 and over

You should visit your doctor often, even if you feel healthy. The purpose of these visits is to: screen for health care issues, rate your risk for future health problems, support a healthy life and make sure you have all your shots. Help you get to know your doctor. 

Blood pressure:Each 1-2 years, based on your risks.

Cholesterol testing:  Each 5 years, based on your risks.

Diabetes (High blood sugar): Each 3 years, based on your risks.
Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis (brittle bones): Bone health is of worry for all aging adults, so don’t skip this in your plan to being healthy. Men should check with with a doctor about their own risks and make a plan for testing between the ages of 50 and 70.
Prostate cancer testing:
Prostate cancer testing: It is for men who are high-risk. The rate you need to watch this will depend on your health and family past.
Colon cancer testing:
Colon cancer testing: Age 50-75, testing for colon cancer is in the form of fecal tests, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy. Testing, based on the test, is done each 5 or 10 years.
Immunizations: At age 65 or older, get a pneumococcal shot if you have never had one, or if it has been more than 5 years since you had the shot. Men in this age range should also have an yearly flu shot, tetanus boosters (each 10 years), and a shingles or herpes (cold sores) zoster shot after age 60.
Hearing test:
Hearing test: Older adults go through age-related hearing loss often, so be sure to have your hearing checked if you have any hearing loss warnings.

Posted on May 30th, 2017 and last modified on March 14th, 2018.


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