50s—young at heart
By the time you reach midlife, you may start to devote more time to doing things you enjoy like new hobbies or connecting with old friends. When you reach your 50s, you may feel a new sense of who you are and what you want to do with your time. But this decade can bring some unique health concerns.
This age brings an increased risk of certain diseases like osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes or certain cancers. Now, more than ever, you need to take charge of your health. Good eating habits, weight bearing exercise and a good night's sleep can help keep you feeling young.
Your hormones levels are changing and this can cause
many other changes within your body. If you don’t have one already, it’s
important to have a physician as a partner on your path to health and
wellness. Your doctor can help you navigate through any changes, health concerns
or questions you have about your health.
Staying healthy is a combination of caring for yourself and getting the right medical care decade by decade. Here is a guide to help you keep track of recommended routine screenings.
Health screenings in your 50s:
Annual wellness visit
Annual eye exam
Annual flu vaccine
Annual screening for coronary disease
Bone density test for women at high risk for osteoporosis
Clinical breast exam every year
Low dose CT scan for lung cancer at age 55 if a smoker
Regular dental exams and cleaning
Additional screenings depending on your health status:
Annual skin check
Fasting plasma glucose test starting at 45
Mammogram every one to two years
Pap test and HPV test with pelvic exam
The key to maintaining a healthy and balanced life is to make small changes daily to see improvements in your health and energy levels. Here are some health tips for your 50s:
Do not smoke
Drink alcohol in moderation
Form a relationship with a physician you like and trust and have regular exams
Get 1,000 mg of calcium with vitamin D per day
Get 30 minutes of exercise daily
Get seven to eight hours of sleep a night
Maintain a healthy body weight
Protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies
Watch for signs of depression
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It's never too late to make positive changes to your health and lifestyle. Make your 50s your healthiest, happiest decade yet.