In Your 50’s

Similar to the way we maintain a vehicle or a home, it is
important to take care of yourself – body, mind and spirit.
As you reach a new decade, it is an opportunity to assess
your overall wellness and take steps to stay healthy.

FOR YOUR BEST HEALTH IN YOUR 50’S:

Every day, be:

  • • Physically active
  • • Nutritionally smart
  • • Avoid tobacco
  • • Be in-the-know about preventative screenings

Skin
• Annual mole and overall skin exam
• Practice monthly self-exam of all moles

Heart
• Cholesterol panel – total, LDL, HDL
and triglycerides (baseline if not done yet)
• Blood pressure – at least annually
• Fasting cholesterol test every five years

Colorectal
• Annual fecal occult blood test
• Rectal exam – every five to ten years
• Sigmoidoscopy – every five years
(if not having colonoscopy)
• Colonoscopy – every ten years

Prostate
• Digital prostate screening with your physician.
Bones
• Osteoporosis screening for men with risk factors.

Eyes, Ears and Teeth
• Vision exam – two times in this decade
• Hearing exam – every three years
• Semiannual dental visits for exam and cleaning

Immunizations
• Tetanus once every ten years
• Influenza yearly
• Pneumococcal – one time only

Other
• Diabetes check – fasting blood glucose every three years