Over 50: Benefits of Early Detection

Early detection of disease and illness becomes imperative as we grow older. As we age, our immune systems, our musculature, our internal organs and more all begin to lose vitality. We not only become more susceptible to illness, but our bodies have a harder time fighting these foul elements. 

The earlier a disease or illness is diagnosed, the more it can be managed successfully. This is particularly important when we’re talking about life threatening illnesses, where the longer the period of time the illness gestates, the greater the complications and impact on our lives. 

Early detection not only keeps illness at bay or from getting worse. It can be instrumental to maintaining a consistent lifestyle. It’s important to overall health, and cognitive and emotional well being. It’s also empowering, knowing that your responsible action has led to a greater chance of reversal. A lot of depression associated with discovering illness and disease results from waiting too long and knowing something could have been done sooner only if… 


Your Health Changes With Age

As you age, your risk for cardiovascular illness naturally increases - even with healthy diet and exercise regimen. The National Stroke Association says stroke risk more than doubles every ten years after you reach 55.
A preventive ultrasound screening can bring to light life threatening conditions so you and your physician can asses them and take action.
Screenings help thousands of individuals every year who had potentially serious health risks for stroke without apparent symptoms. Their screenings can save lives.

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Fortunately, the health and medical community have developed screening recommendations for early detection. These guidelines have been published for all professionals in the community to access and use. The suggested screenings and tests are based on age, health and gender. They may also factor in risk factors like family history. For instance, if a certain type of cancer runs in the family, we should be more aware of being screened regularly, whether or not we experience even slight symptoms. 

The doctor will certainly be aware of what you should be keeping an eye out for, especially if they’ve been our long term physician. We should be seeing them regularly, even if we’re feeling fit as it gets. We should also be aware of our condition and what to be weary of. If heart attacks run in the family, we should constantly be looking for heart health recommendations, screenings, tests and solutions. Both men and women over 50 should have an understanding of and an eye out for certain types of disease like cancer. We are the best line of defense in our fight to stay healthy. 

There are guidelines for pretty much any kind of health screening. Practitioners are ready to find heart disease, diabetes and more. Depending on one’s age, they are more than likely to perform standardized testing. If there are regular visits, then there’s the greater chance of detecting abnormalities and treating them promptly. 

Talk with your doctor often about screenings and tests, what each entails, the risks and the consequences if results aren’t necessarily positive. At 50 and older, the benefits of early detection are plentiful. By taking control in these matters, we ensure that as we get older, we get better and deal with any risks to that goal. 


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