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I’m in my 50s. When I have my annual physical, what tests should my doctor perform or recommend?

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In your 50s? Get these tests at your annual physical:

  • A colon cancer screening is recommended for everyone at age 50.
  • Get your weight checked, since most people start gaining weight in their 50s.
  • Blood pressure: Untreated high blood pressure can harm the heart, brain, eyes, and kidneys.
  • Cholesterol profile: Controlling cholesterol can extend your life. Get tested at least every 4-6 years.
  • Blood sugar: Untreated diabetes can affect the heart, kidneys, and eyes. Get tested at least every 3 years.

From: Milestone Medical Tests in Your 50s WebMD Medical Reference

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

American Optometric Association. 

American Diabetes Association. 

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 24, 2018

SOURCES: 

 

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

American Optometric Association. 

American Diabetes Association. 

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 24, 2018

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