It’s often said that the real struggle begins once you hit the 60’s because that’s when diseases and disorders tend to rear its ugly head. Old age crisis is real and once you’re finished with your work life, life priorities and getting your kids settled, you need to focus your energies on keeping yourself hale and hearty to ensure the rest of your life goes smoothly.
Through this article, we touch upon some vital health check-ups that you should undertake on a regular basis once you cross the magical figure of 60.
One should ensure that he monitors blood pressure levels on a regular basis. The Normal Blood Pressure range in an average person should be around 120/80.
Effects on health: High Blood Pressure can cause severe damage to your arteries and veins, and can also interfere with the blood flow throughout the body. This may consequently lead to stroke, heart disease, and heart failure. Similarly, low blood pressure should also be considered as a hazard as it’s where blood pressure in your arteries is abnormally low and can lead to frequent falls.
General symptoms: High Blood Pressure symptoms can range from a severe headache, high levels of anxiety, shortness of breath, nosebleed and overall uneasiness.
Low Blood Pressure or Hypertension symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, light-headedness, depression, Nausea, clammy skin, loss of consciousness, and blurry vision.
The Average Frequency of Tests: If there is no abnormality, then at least once in a week especially after the 60s.
If there are other diseases like high blood sugar or evidence of high blood pressure, then twice or thrice in a week.
Cholesterol is termed as the steroid lipid or fat content present in your blood needed for the proper functioning of your organs as well as cell membranes Cholesterol travels in the bloodstream through small packages made of fat and protein, known as the lipoprotein. Two types of lipoprotein do this job. High-density lipoprotein and low-density lipoprotein. The balance of these two lipoproteins is necessary, to stay healthy.
Normal range: Your liver already manufactures all the cholesterol your body requires so it’s imperative to keep a track of your cholesterol consumption levels. Normal levels of LDL cholesterol(bad) should be less than 190 milligrams per deciliter, and the HDL cholesterol (good) is termed normal if the level is greater than 40 to 60 milligrams per decilitre.
Effects on health and The Average Frequency of Tests: High cholesterol can cause fatty deposits to accumulate on arteries and blood vessels thus increasing the risk of heart disease and heart attacks. So after the 60s, you should get the test done at regular intervals.
Risk Factors: High blood cholesterol increases the chances of a cardiovascular attack and peripheral artery disease.
Blood glucose and blood sugar are interchangeable terms, and both are vital to maintaining proper health and to ensure seamless functioning of your body’s organs.
The Average Frequency of Tests: High sugar levels in your blood can create a serious health risk at any age especially for those suffering from diabetes. Generally, if you don’t suffer from Diabetes, you should check your blood for sugar probably once a year after the age of 30. In case there are any symptoms, extra caution and control should be exercised with your diet and lifestyle. However, after the 60s it’s mandatory to check the blood sugar level on a regular basis.
Normal range: Fasting sugar (70—110 mg/dl), And Postprandial after meals (up to 140 mg/dl)
Risk factor: Pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin that converts the sugar into simple Glucose. As a result, sugar deposited directly into the small bloodstreams resulting in a host of issues. Besides, the normal functioning of your kidney, eyes and heart also gets affected which results in further damage to your body.
Symptoms: High Blood sugar: Lethargy, Trouble concentrating, Blurred Vision, frequent urination, weight loss, thirst.
Low Blood Sugar: Weakness, lightheadedness, and dizziness, Extreme hunger and slight nausea.
Through the hormones it produces, the thyroid gland influences almost all of the metabolic processes in your body
Thyroid glands influence all the metabolic processes in your body by producing a hormone called thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Overproduction of these hormones can cause Grave’s disease to life threatening cancer. Overproduction of thyroid hormones causes hyperthyroidism, and low production can cause hypothyroidism.
Hyperthyroidism—-Anxiety, Hair Loss, Hypertension, Nervousness, Weight Gain
Hypothyroidism—Dry Skin, Depression, Sleeping Trouble, Tiredness, Weight Loss.
The Average Frequency of Tests: Though in both cases, the symptoms cause an uncomfortable situation, thyroid problem can be controlled with drugs and administering proper medication. The thyroid test should be conducted at least once in a year no matter what your age.