Calling all women in their 50s, it’s time for your health checks
Have you hit the big 5-0? It’s time to create your checklist for your fabulous fifties to ensure your health is top notch.
The experts at home doctor service House Call Doctor recommend a yearly check-up to discuss your medical history and any other problems or concerns. Regular GP medical check-ups are a must. There are, of course, self-checks that should be well embedded into your daily routine by now that you should keep up. These include staying on top of skin health, dental care, diet, weight, alcohol intake, exercise, mental and emotional health.
Moving onto those not-so-pleasant but highly necessary check-ups, check out the list below.
- Bowel Cancer
Your bowel needs to be checked at least twice a year. When you turn 50, you will receive a friendly reminder from the government in the form of a test kit. In your fifties, it is recommended you also get a colonoscopy.
- Breast Cancer
Between the age of 50 and 74, the government will send you a letter for a free mammogram through BreastScreen Australia. So, no excuses! It’s also important to have regular check-ups, and to keep an eye on symptoms yourself.
- Cervical Cancer
A cervical cancer screen test is recommended every 5 years until you’re 74 years old. Keep an eye out for symptoms yourself as well.
Blood pressure, blood tests and your weight should be monitored regularly to ensure your cholesterol levels are healthy. Checking your weight is a must – next time you visit your doctor make sure to ask them to check your BMI.
A common test for diabetes is the fasting blood sugar test. If you are over 45 and obese, have had gestational diabetes, or have a history of diabetes in your family, you may be at a higher risk.