Better Health – 5 Tests to Keep You Healthy After 50
After age 50, better health can be directly affected by certain tests. As we age, we become prone to certain diseases. So men and women over the age of 50 should not neglect certain testing. These tests could mean the difference between better health and disaster.
Better Health – Don’t Put Off These Tests
Let me just say from the beginning that none of us are going to like most of these tests. They can be uncomfortable. No one is a fan of discomfort, especially when it comes to medical procedures. However, these tests are vital to better health after age 50, because they can mean the difference between early detection of diseases and problems that go undiagnosed and unchecked.
Okay ladies. We’re going to start with the mammogram. I know, I know. This test is no fun. I get it. I’m a woman. I haven’t had to do one of these yet. But they are important and I recall vividly how much my Mom hated, but tolerated, this test. It has to be done, though. Although they are super uncomfortable, mammograms are so important for better health. Breast cancer is a horrible disease, and routine mammograms coupled with self exams are the best way to detect it early.
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Don’t think I’ve forgotten about you, guys. This is one test many men find any and every excuse to avoid. While I’m not a man, I understand why men don’t want to have this test done either. I think we all know what a prostate exam entails, and I think we all know why men would put it off. But like breast cancer, prostate cancer can be a beast. It’s important to have it checked after 50 for better health and better outcomes. In our family we have a history on my husband’s side of this cancer and it is better to be safe now than diagnosed later. SO, I stay on top of some of these appointments for the health of our family.
This is another highly uncomfortable test that we all have to have. We all also hate it. In addition to having a great big long camera put up your colon, you also have to drink this awful stuff that basically gives you diarrhea. It’s not high on the fun factor. In fact it’s zero fun, but it does help detect colon cancer and pre-cancerous polyps early for better treatment. It’s necessary and it’s a short term pain really. Best to do it and get it over with BUT be warned take a day or two off. Once you start drinking the medicine that makes your colon clear you will not be able to be at the office. (Unless you work in your washroom.) Take it from me, the one who has had Crohn’s Disease since she was 14.
Bone Density Testing
Well. We’ve finally come to a test that doesn’t hurt. So why do we put it off? Time. Any test can take time, and in this day and age, time is at a premium. But consider what better health is worth. Bone density testing is especially important for women because we are so much more prone to osteoporosis than men. A bone density test can determine our risk for osteoporosis or if we have it. We can then take steps to improve the condition, so we don’t have broken hips and the like down the line.
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Yearly Blood Work
All of us put this off because of time and expense, but it’s so important to have it done for better health. In addition to the other tests listed above, yearly blood work can mean early detection of organ values which can be important diagnostic tools. Yearly blood work tests red and white blood cell counts, liver and kidney values, and a host of other criteria. Blood work is a major player in better health, so we need to bite the bullet and get it done yearly.
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Better Health is in Our Control
We have the power to control our health, and the path to better health begins with us being responsible about our testing. Is it a pain in the butt? Absolutely. But would you rather be uncomfortable for a few minutes or experience a cancer diagnosis? I know what I would pick, and I know what our families would pick. So don’t neglect your health and wellness and self care, and have your testing done regularly. Remember better heath is our responsibility.
Robin (Masshole Mommy)
I have a ways to go, but I will make sure to keep these things in mind when I get to be that age. I want to maintain my health.
These are all important tests that need to be done regularly when you reach the golden years. I am only a couple years away from this age and though I dread these taste, I should be ready.
I have had a few of these tests already (I am younger than 50), I think your health is everything so I take it really seriously. Great tips!
Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly
I had to start getting mammo’s early but I ‘m not yet due for the rest of them thankfully after the last few years and the medical drama I had went through which I still have to get regular ‘lab days’ for I am in no rush to get tests I do not yet need. (I will admit I avoid doctor visits for as long as possible though! LOL) 🙂
You seem to be a lot more up on tests than us here, which is good but a shame for us, I hope we will catch you up one day. x
These tests are very important to have done as we get older. Unless there is a family history, then you may want to get checked sooner.
These are definitely important to keep up on. It seems like you really have to keep a close eye on your health once you hit a certain age.
we have a very good insurance. They provide us with a free annual check up . Last year result was pretty good. Be active and healthy.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
It’s amazing how we put off the most important things, isn’t it? I have to practically drive my husband with a whip to get him to go to the doctor.
Getting old sucks! That being said, if you can’t change it you mind as well prepare for it! These tests are very important!
It’s so important that we take care of ourselves. And yet, we always put it off.
Martine - MeUnfinished
I have to agree with you: it is important to check on your health at all ages, especially when we near the golden years. Thanks for the reminder!
Great tips! Some of us are afraid going to the doctor for even the simplest test. These tests can be one of the greatest gifts you give yourself.
These tests that you mentioned are really important in early detection. I think I have undergone all except the prostate exam. haha. I agree with the experience of preparing for a colonoscopy. That was not fun at all!
I’m in my early 50’s and I’ve been having mammograms for years. I know all women are different, but mine have never, ever hurt. It’s much better than going to the dentist. 🙂
What a healthful post! Will take note all of this. Truly useful!
I am in my 30’s, but my doctor said it is never too early to start, especially for mammograms.
Sorry to hear you have Crohn’s diesease, I \have Ulcerative Colitis. So nice to meet another blogger who understands these things!
These are all indeed important test to get for anyone that is 50 or older. I always get my blood work as well as my yearly female exam done. These tests can save your life for sure. Thanks for sharing.
It’s so important to take care of yourself!! Most insurances pay for these so there is no reason not to do it 🙂
Honestly, I haven’t had a mammogram ever since my youngest was born. U have to do that soon, thanks for the reminder.
I have a while before I reach 50, but I think it is so important to maintain your health. Something you should be aware of your whole life.
These tests are super important. It is better to be proactive than reactive. These tests can confirm potential problems while they are small especially when it comes to find g cancer.
This is all so good to know! I still have many years before I reach 50, but my mom is 50 so this is good for her!
These are some great tips for keeping healthy at 50+. It’s so important to make sure we are healthy!
What excellent tips! I’ll have to share these with my mom, she already does some on the list.
You just reminded me that I’m late on scheduling my mammogram this year. Can’t overlook these things. Thanks for the reminder.
I’m honestly not looking forward to having any of these tests, but I agree that they’re important to have in order to stay healthy. Wonderful list!
I know that my Mom takes a bone density test often…she has something ostero-something, but not osteoporosis. This is an informative post to know for the future.
I had a colonoscopy scheduled but I had to cncel it. I reall yneed to get that rescheduled.
I’m going to have to send this to my mama. She’s not 50 yet but it’s never too early to start thinking about your healthy!
Blood work is important too no matter your age. I need to schedule a yearly physical myself – thanks for the reminder!