Recommended Regular Health Check-ups for Men Over 50
Blood Pressure and Cholesterol tests
High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and other diseases. Any time you go in to the doctor’s, your blood pressure should be taken, and you should get a cholesterol check every 2 years. You may be at greater risk if you have diabetes or a large waist measurement.
Bone Density test
Taking certain medications (like steroids) may speed bone loss, and certain medical conditions like diabetes, IBS and asthma can also compromise bone density. Ask your doctor if you are concerned about osteoporosis, especially if it runs in your family.
Bowel (colorectal) cancer screening
As long as they are caught early, 90% of colorectal cancers can be cured. A one-off NHS bowel scope screening is offered to men at 55. Between 60 and 74 you’ll be offered a home testing kit every two years. Over 75 you can call any time for a free home test kit.
After 50 your risk for type 2 diabetes can increase – and especially if you are overweight. Your doctor can screen your risk by testing your levels of haemoglobin A1C (a blood test that reflects your average blood glucose levels over the last 3 months) and/or your blood glucose levels via a fasting plasma glucose test.
You should have your eyes examined every 1 to 2 years. Opticians check for more than how good your vision is – like signs of glaucoma or diabetes.