Wellness in Your 50s
Men's bodies go through many changes during a lifetime. But it's never too soon or too late to pursue a healthy mind, body and spirit.
For a healthy you:
- Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day
- Eat a smart, well-balanced diet
- Get your cholesterol and blood glucose and thyroid checked at least every 5 years
- Get your blood pressure checked every 2 years
- Get a cororectal exam every 5 years
- Get your vision and hearing checked based on your individual needs
- Visit the dentist twice a year for a routine cleaning and exam
- Get a diphtheria-tetanus vaccine every 10 years; substitute one 10-year dose with diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis once before age 65
- Do monthly skin self-exam to check for new moles/changes
- Get a skin cancer clinical exam annually
Need a screening?
Take a step toward better health and call your physician for information about recommended health screenings. If you need a physican referral or would like a list of our free community health screenings, call (502) 629-1234.
- Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides: Identify people at high risk for coronary artery disease
- Every 5 years, or more often if lab resluts are abnormal
- Blood Pressure: Detect high blood pressure (120/80)
-Every 2 years
- Skin Cancer Clinical Exam: Detect and treat any skin changes in early stages
- Skin Cancer Self-Exam: Detect moles with irregular shape, color, or size
- General Physical Exam: Detect conditions before symptoms develop
- Rectal Exam: Detect any abnormalities in rectum
- Colorectal Exam: Detect cancers and growths (polyps) on the inside wall of colon before they become cancerous
-Every 5 years
- Fecal Occult Blood Test: Detect blood in stool to screen for various diseases
- General Eye Exam: Detect hidden disease processes in the eyes or body
-Every 1 to 3 years
- Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA): Detect prostate cancer in it's earliest stages
- Testicular Self-Exam: Detect testicular cancer, the most common malignancy in American men between ages 15 and 35
- Digital Rectal Exam: Identify early growth or tumor in the prostate gland
You may require more frequent screenings. Consult your primary care physican for your specific screening requirements. For more information, call (502) 629-1234.