As we age, we can be more at risk of developing health conditions, but there are many simple tests which are quick and can help spot potential problems in earlier stages, making a new condition you may develop easier to treat.

Blood Pressure

Even if you have historically had low bloody pressure, it’s important to get it checked regularly, as high blood pressure can increase the risk of developing kidney and heart disease and stroke. A blood pressure test is incredibly quick, painless and can be carried out by a GP or practice nurse.

Check your cholesterol

One of the dangers of not having your cholesterol levels checked is that if it increases, you are unlikely to have any symptoms. Your GP can check your cholesterol levels by taking a blood test and can advise on how to manage your cholesterol through diet or medication if your cholesterol is higher than it should be. It’s such an important check, as high cholesterol can increase the risk of stroke or heart attack.

Skin and mole checks

It’s incredible important to be familiar with your body including any changes to moles. If a mole changes in size or colour, make sure you book an appointment with your doctor to have it checked. Moles are usually completely harmless, but a change could indicate skin cancer. Most cancers have a better survival rate when detected early, so make sure you check your moles every few weeks.

Check up

We offer a health check that reviews your overall health. It takes around half an hour and could tell you if you are more at risk of developing conditions such as diabetes, kidney and heart disease, and if you’re over 65 you will also receive advice on the early signs of dementia.

Cancer screenings

Our risk of developing cancer increases with age and there are many screenings your GP can support with to help detect any early signs of cancers, including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Bowel cancer

If you notice any changes in your body, always book an appointment to have it checked over by a GP, no matter how small. Early detection of cancer saves lives and it’s always better to spend 10 minutes with your GP to be sure than risk an illness developing into something more severe.

Stay vaccinated

Whilst a vaccination is not an essential medical test, it is important to stay up to date with flu vaccinations, as flu and pneumonia are a common cause of death in people aged over 65. Vaccines to protect you from flu and pneumonia are often free and easy arrange with your GP or local pharmacy.

By making time for quick test and checks, you can stay on top of your health and detect any problems early.

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