The health checks you should have at different ages

Unfortunately, getting sick is not something that only happens to other people, even though some individuals like to think that way. In other words, you may think that you will not get seriously ill until you are well into your 80s and 90s. However, you can never be sure that will be the case; not without regular health checks.

At any point in your life, you may contract a serious illness or become unwell. Luckily, there is a way to avoid this, and it has to do with regular health checks. According to many doctors, these should start as early as your 20s and continue throughout your life. Here is what you should pay attention to:

  • Twenties — at this age, STDs represent the most serious health risk for both men and women. Sexually active individuals should get regular STD tests. Sexually transmitted diseases are more common with more sexually active individuals and those that engage in unprotected sex. These factors call in for more frequent checks. Plenty of sexually transmitted diseases are symptomless but can lead to infertility and even life-threatening complications, if left unchecked. For women, doctors recommended screenings for cervical cancer for women should start as early as 25 and repeated every three years.
  • Thirties — both men and women in their thirties should pay more attention to high cholesterol, as it is the main reason for atherosclerosis, stroke and heart attack. Starting from the age of 35, you should have you cholesterol checked every few years. This period must be less with the presence of various risk factors: smoking, diabetes and being overweight. The earlier high cholesterol is found, the earlier you can make changes to your lifestyle to prevent any trouble. Women in their late 30s should consider various breast checks to prevent breast cancer.
  • Forties — the risk of diabetes starts growing in your 40s. Considering regular health checks from 45 onwards is wise. The risk of type 2 diabetes is especially high when you have relatives with the diseases and when you are overweight/obese. Women and men at this age should also pay more attention to their blood pressure.
  • Fifties — men over the age of 50 may experience urinary problems. To dissipate concerns, males should consider screening for prostate cancer. Women, on the other hand, should be more aware of breast cancer, in addition to osteoporosis. The latter is commonly caused by menopause, during which the bones weaken. The risk of osteoporosis increases with women who smoke, drink, are underweight and do not follow an active lifestyle.
  • Sixties — the NHS provides free eye test to men and women over the age of 60 in the UK. Men around 65 should consider tests for abdominal aortic aneurysm — a condition which is characterised by swelling of the blood vessel that leads away from one’s heart.

Make your health a top priority, regardless of your age. It is the only way to ensure you live to be that old and enjoy your life.

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