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Blood tests that people over 50 should do

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Blood tests that people over 50 should do

Since hepatitis usually does not cause symptoms, many people are unaware that they are carriers of the virus and should be tested regularly.

That’s why nearly half of the 3.5 million Americans living with hepatitis C don’t know they have the virus.

When hepatitis is not treated, it can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, liver failure and eventually death.

A simple blood test is enough to diagnose hepatitis, so that the virus can be treated effectively and not become life-threatening.

In addition to a lifestyle that should include a healthy diet, exercise, avoiding alcohol, controlling high blood pressure and regular vaccinations, the following tests will help you stay healthy in the long run.


Blood sugar level measurement

If you are overweight and have high blood pressure or a family history of diabetes, you should monitor your blood sugar. If the results are within normal limits once a year is enough, otherwise, your doctor should advise you how often you should repeat tests.


Lipids and high cholesterol

All men over the age of 35 and women over the age of 45 who are at increased risk of heart disease should have their blood cholesterol checked. The frequency of the examination depends on your general health. Even if you know you have cholesterol and you are already taking statins, you should get tested at least once a year to make sure the medicines are working. In the case that you are perfectly healthy, you don’t need to repeat it every year. If your cholesterol level is on the limit or if you have diabetes, which increases the risk of heart disease, you must be completely consistent with your blood tests.


Sexually transmitted diseases

Changes in sexual activity should be followed by screening for possible sexually transmitted infections. If you have a new sexual partner, multiple sexual partners or you are not using a condom, you should tell your doctor and have regular examinations.


Thyroid test

Hypothyroidism is very common among older people and is not easy to diagnose with symptoms such as feeling tired and low energy that are very common conditions. If blood tests show high TSH, your thyroid is underactive.

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