Health Checks To Have As You Get Older

Health Tests To Have

As you get older there are many health checks you should have. Some are free, some you may have to pay for but all are worth it for peace of mind. Here are some of the health checks you should have as you get older.

Hearing Checks

As you get older your hearing can deteriorate, so it’s important to have your hearing checked. Hearing tests can be carried out at your local GP or at many high street opticians and some pharmacies. Simple ear wax removal could help and places like Auris Ear Care can do this privately. 

Blood Pressure Checks

If your blood pressure is elevated it could be a sign of underlying problems such as heart disease or be an indicator that you are at risk from a stroke, so it’s important to get it monitored regularly as you get older. If you are over 40 you are entitled to a free health check with the NHS every 5 years so be sure to get it done.

Mammogram Screening

The NHS Breast Screening Programme invites all women aged between 50 and 70 for screening every 3 years. You need to be registered with a GP to receive the invitations. It’s a free service that is so important to get done when you find our 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. So keep on top of your screenings.

Diabetes Testing

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. There are 2 main types of diabetes: type 1diabetes – where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin and type 2 diabetes – where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells do not react to insulin. Make sure you get tested for diabetes especially if you have symptoms such as feeling very tired, overly thirsty, urinating more frequently especially at night, blurred vision and weight loss.

Cervical Screening

It’s so important to have cervical screening if you are a woman as smear tests can help prevent cancer. Although it’s uncomfortable it’s worth putting up this and the nurses will help to put you at your ease. There are different frequencies of tests depending on your age so check out the recommended cervical screening frequency from the NHS. 

Prostate Tests

If you are a man over 50 you can have a check for free called a PSA test. The PSA test is a blood test to help detect prostate cancer. But it’s not perfect and won’t find all prostate cancers. If you have symptoms such as needed to urinate more frequently, difficulty in starting to pee, feeling that your bladder hasn’t emptied properly or blood in your urine, mention this to your GP and arrange for a PSA test to rule out prostate cancer. 

So these are some of the health checks to have as you get older. Be sure to have these checks and stay healthy!

*Collaborative post

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