Even if you have taken good care of yourself up until now, you will experience some physical changes to your body once you reach the age of 50. As you age, you are more at risk for health problems. Fortunately, there are steps you can take starting on day one of age 50 to stay in good health. To ensure you are on the right path, here are some tips.
Get a Colonoscopy
According to the American Cancer Society, your first colonoscopy screening should occur at age 50 if you have an average risk level for developing colorectal cancer. After the first screening, you only need to go back every 10 years unless a problem is detected and your risk level changes.
If you have a history of polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, or colorectal cancer, you will have to be screened more frequently. Your doctor can provide you with a recommendation for how often.
Practice Safe Sex
Your sex life does not end just because you turned 50. In fact, the numbers of people age 50 and over with sexually transmitted infections doubled during the period of 2000 to 2010. It is because of this, it is important that you practice safe sex.
As part of practicing safe sex, you should discuss the risk factors of STIs with your doctor. It is also imperative that you are tested for STIs before starting a new relationship. Talk to your partner about also being tested. Regardless of the results, you and your partner still need to use safe sex tools, such as contraceptives and dental dam.
Get Screened for Depression
Your emotional health is important. Unfortunately, people in all age groups tend to avoid the signs of depression and fail to seek help. Some people in your age group might mistakenly believe you are suffering a midlife crisis or transition instead of depression.
Failing to get treated for depression could lead to a host of problems, including social withdrawal. If you are suffering from feelings of sadness, hopeless, or experience little pleasure in activities you normally enjoy, get screened for depression. You can talk to your family doctor or meet with a therapist.
Consult with your family doctor to find out what other steps you can take to stay healthy now that you are 50. With the guidance of your doctor and your willingness to take action, this next stage in your life can be healthy and fulfilling.