5 Tips for Preventive Care, Age 50+

  1. Before you know you have it, high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke, and eye and kidney problems. So get your blood pressure checked once a year, even if you think you're OK.
  2. Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. At age 50, your risk goes up. You and your doctor can decide which colon cancer screening is best for you.
  3. A bone mineral density scan checks your risk for osteoporosis, or bone thinning. Women ages 65 and older - and others who have risk factors for bone thinning - should talk to their doctor to see if it's time to start screening. Recommendations for men vary. 
  4. Twenty-seven percent of Americans, ages 65 and older, have diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney disease, even amputation. Work with your doctor to help avoid these hazards.
  5. There's plenty you can do on your own to stay healthy as you age. Quit smoking -- or don't start. Eat healthy and exercise regularly to keep a healthy weight. And always practice safe sex.
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar, MD on October 28, 2017

Sources

SOURCES:

WebMD Medical Reference: "Top 10 Preventive Care Tips at 50+."

American Heart Association.

Centers for Disease Control. 

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. 

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