Preventive care, such as medical tests and screens, may help doctors catch health issues before they worsen. These may look for signs of cancer and assess your blood pressure, hearing, and kidney function.
Getting older may increase your risk of developing chronic conditions and other health problems.
Being over 60 isn’t a guarantee for poor health. However, it’s estimated that by age 80, nearly
- hearing and vision loss
- impaired immunity function
- cardiovascular disease
Milestone medical tests during your 60s, 70s, and beyond may help you prevent health problems or slow down their progression.
Keep reading to learn more about these tests.
Older adults should check their blood pressure regularly at home.
According to the
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, may put you at greater risk of stroke and heart disease. Hypertension is when your blood pressure reading is at or higher than
Speak with a doctor if you’re noticing high or abnormally low readings.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends people over age 65 with typical bone mass or mild bone loss get a bone density test every 15 years.
A bone density test is important to help diagnose osteoporosis.
Consider more frequent scanning if you’ve had a previous abnormal test result or take medications that may impact bone density.
A genetic predisposition to diabetes is the biggest risk factor for high cholesterol and warrants regular cholesterol screening.
If left untreated, high blood cholesterol levels may gradually cause plaque to build up in your arteries. This may lead to life-threatening complications.
The CDC suggests that most adults should check their cholesterol at least every
A colonoscopy is a medical examination that looks for abnormalities or diseases in your colon. It may help doctors diagnose colorectal cancer, ulcers, and polyps.
If you’re in one of the following high-risk groups, you may want to consider more frequent screening:
- you have a family history of colon cancer
- you have obesity or diabetes
- you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- you’re a smoker
Fecal occult testing looks for blood in the stool, which may be a sign of colorectal cancer. However, the test doesn’t determine the cause of the bleeding.
A doctor may order this test yearly to screen for colorectal cancer, but it’s not a replacement for a colonoscopy.
As you age, you’re more likely to experience hearing loss. Nearly
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI), with nearly
It’s estimated that 50% of people over 75 have kidney disease.
You may opt for more frequent testing if you have a family history of breast cancer or have previously had breast cancer.
It’s estimated that
Older adults, particularly males over 50, have an increased risk of being diagnosed with skin cancer.
Screening options for skin cancer may include self-check methods or visiting a dermatologist. They’ll be able to help you address any noticeable skin changes. These typically include moles or marks that change shape or color, or start to bother you.
Even if you’ve had perfect vision all your life, you may still develop conditions like cataracts and glaucoma as you age. The American Optometric Association recommends that people over age 60 get an eye examination every year, especially if they have hypertension or diabetes.
What blood tests should a 70-year-old have?
Blood tests may help doctors find signs of several health conditions and diseases in adults over age 70.
Some of these tests may include:
- blood pressure
- complete blood count (CBC)
- basic metabolic panel (BMP)
- comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP)
- lipid panel
How often should a 70-year-old have blood work done?
How often individuals get blood tests varies for each person. It may largely depend on whether you have a health condition or disease that needs to be monitored.
It’s best to speak with a doctor to determine how often you should get bloodwork done if you’re 70 or over.
You might not need testing for everything on this list, but regular health checks may help you keep tabs on your overall health and tackle problems before they get worse.
Speak with a doctor about your testing options and whether you’re a candidate for more frequent testing because of your lifestyle factors or family history.