The Over 50 Check-Up List

Unless you suffer from a chronic illness or there’s an emergency, most people put off that visit to the doctor’s office. Often, an important meeting or other obligation takes precedent over a yearly physical. However, with each passing decade, routine check-ups and screenings become more and more important for your overall health.

There’s a big difference between prevention and treatment, so being proactive in your health is key. Take a look at some exams and screening that are crucial once you reach 50:

Physical: Once a year, you should get your general health examined. From your heartbeat to lung health to BMI, yearly physicals establish a medical history that can benefit you in the years to come.

Family History Screening: If your family has a history of a certain disease, start screenings for it as early as possible. Whether diabetes or ovarian cancer, a predisposition to certain conditions requires extra attention.

Heart Health: Blood pressure, electrocardiogram (EKG), and cholesterol checks are all part of ensuring your heart health after 30. Also, blood tests should be run to assure you are not developing illnesses like diabetes.

Skin Health: Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, and melanoma can start with a small mole. Have your doctor check your skin each year for unusual spots.

Dental Health: Most dentists recommend having cleanings and dental check-ups every 6 months to a year.

Eye Health: It is recommended you visit your optometrist or ophthalmologist every two years.

Skin Health: Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, and melanoma can start with a small mole. Have your doctor check your skin each year for unusual spots.

Hearing Exam: After 50, checking your hearing every year is recommended. Hearing loss is gradual, so the signs and symptoms are often overlooked. If you think you or a loved one are experiencing hearing loss, don’t hesitate to schedule your free hearing test at a Miracle-Ear hearing aid center near you today.

Be proactive and take charge of your health today!

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