Turning 50? Get ready for a battery of tests…here is what is recommended.
‘Some men just can’t seem to grow old gracefully.’
By Natan Schleider, M.D.
January 14th, 2019
I’ll be turning 50 soon and I can tell. I wake up 4 times nightly to pee )so my prostate is growing.’ My hair is thinning. Joints hurt. I shrunk from 5’9″ to 5’8″ based on my last physical. While I am researching anti-aging medicine, I am preparing for the slew of tests indicated at age 50.
In no particular order if you are 50 or older you should have these tests:
- Screening colonoscopy for colon cancer every 10 years for those at normal risk of colon cancer. Alternate options which I am considering is Cologuard which is a stool-based DNA noninvasive test with 95% accuracy done every 3 years instead of colonoscopy (unless of course, the test is positive in which case you need colonoscopy).
- Screening Chest CT Scan (age 55 to 77) if you have ever smoked 30 packs of cigarettes in your life or have smoked any cigarettes in last 15 years.
- Prostate testing in men annually–debatable, talk to your doctor.
- Checking your weight, cholesterol, and blood sugar annually
- Pap smear every 5 years in women
- Mammogram annually for women
- Annual skin exam by skin doctor
- Make sure vaccines are up to date–these get confusing and probably warrant another blog/article–most common is tetanus booster with pertussis every 10 years
If anyone knows a good anti-aging doctor, let me know!
Natan Schleider, M.D.