health in my 50's

If we’re healthy, our 50s can be awesome – we’ve got more time for ourselves, more money and more freedom to do things we enjoy. It’s important we get a men’s health check-up every year to monitor our vital organs and detect anything out of the ordinary.

HEALTH AWARENESS IN MY 50’s

A lot of us notice that our bodies are starting to slow down by the time we reach our 50s. We’re often less active than we used to be, and when we get sick or injure ourselves, it takes longer to recover than it used to. Some other changes we might notice include:

  • Being more susceptible to colds and flus
  • High blood pressure
  • Erection trouble and lower sex drive
  • Less energy or fitness to play sports
  • Drinking too much too often
  • Putting on weight
  • Muscle pain, strains and aches
  • Worsening vision and hearing

50’s health check

Make the time to visit your doctor for a health check-up every year, even if you think there’s nothing wrong with you. Your doctor can often detect early signs of illness by measuring various levels (hormones, blood count etc.) and comparing them with your previous readings. The sooner health problems are detected, the sooner they can be monitored and treated. For all the information you need on getting a health check-up, including booking your appointment and what to ask for, download our Men’s Health Check-ups brochure.

These are some of the topics you might want to discuss at your health check.

  • Blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Liver health
  • Cholesterol and heart health
  • Weight
  • Diet and exercise
  • Suspicious moles or sun spots on your skin
  • Erection or performance problems
  • Risks of prostate cancer and bowel cancer
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Eyesight
  • Hearing

STEPS TO BETTER HEALTH IN OUR 50’s

It’s important to be proactive about our health in our 50s – getting a health check-up every year, getting our hearing and vision tested, taking notice when things aren’t right, and staying a healthy body size. Being a healthy size helps keep our blood pressure in check, keeps our heart and cholesterol levels healthy, and gives us more energy. Take a look at what you can do.

50's check-ups schedule

Blood pressure 2 years
Blood tests & urinalysis 3 years
Chest health 2-3 years
Eye health 3 years
Flu shot Yearly
Mental health Regularly
Oral health Yearly
Physical exam Yearly
Prostate health 2 years
STIs Regularly
Skin self exam 1-2 months
Testicle self exam yearly
Testosterone ask your doctor
Tetanus & diphtheria booster 10 years

WHAT CAN I DO?

Having a health check-up every year will pick up on changes to your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood/sugar, heart rate, PSA levels, and weight. This helps your doctor detect illnesses early on when they can be easily treated. Check-ups also give us the opportunity to talk with our doctor about little things that might be bothering us that we haven’t gotten around to having checked out before. For more information on health check-ups, including a handy checklist to take with you, download our Men’s Health Check-ups brochure.

Our eyesight gets worse as we get older, and not getting glasses, or wearing the wrong glasses can lead to eye-strain, headaches, tiredness and accidents. If the only time you get your eyesight checked is when you renew your drivers licence, it’s time to make an appointment with an optometrist. You can find an optometrist near you online at Healthpoint. Some opticians do basic eyesight tests for free.

It’s never to late to make small changes to improve our health, and that includes what we eat. A lot of us have fallen into the bad habit of snacking on chips and bakery food in the daytime, and eating sweets and second helpings of desert after dinner. With all that sugar, it’s no wonder we’re putting on weight, and that’s bad news for our heart, joints, and energy levels. We also have to limit the amount of animal fats and fried food we’re eating to keep our CHOLESTEROL at a healthy level. Food is fuel for our bodies, so try eating more nutritious fresh food like meat, vegetables and nuts.

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Being active in our 50s is just as important now as ever. Exercise is good for our heart health, blood pressure, waistline, and mental wellbeing. We should be aiming for 30 minutes of exercise that raises our heart rate every day. Tennis, walking, cycling, swimming, housework and gardening are all great for this. Weight lifting or resistance training is also really important for our muscle tone, bone strength and joints. Aim for a couple of sessions a week. If you have any pain exercising, get it checked out by your doctor, physio or osteopath. It’s common to develop some ARTHRITIS in our 50s.

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Some of us are fat and we don’t even know it. We compare ourselves with our mates and say “well I’m not as fat as him.” Get a tape measure and put it around your waist. If your waist measurement is more that half your height then you need to lose some centimetres. It’s no joke, carrying extra weight around our stomachs increases our risks of developing GOUT, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, DIABETES, most cancers, HEART DISEASES, ARTHRITIS and STROKES.

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Be realistic about how much you’re drinking. Drinking too much in our 50s can increase our risks of GOUT, BOWEL CANCER, and liver disease. Make an effort to have at least a few alcohol free days a week, and volunteer to be the sober driver sometimes. If you have tried to cut back but are finding it too hard on your own, try some of the help agencies around or talk to your doctor about it.

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Cigarettes kill us slowly and painfully. LUNG CANCER is a hideous disease and you really don’t want to get it. The good news is, if you stop smoking now, your lungs can still regenerate and you can totally turn your health around. It’s probably not going to be easy, but it’s worth it.

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If you’re going through a rough time, or think one of your mates is, make an effort to talk about it. Talking can help put things in perspective and gives us ideas about what to do next. Bottling it up can lead to additional stress and unhappiness we just don’t need. Talk to your mates, tell them what’s going on with you, and ask them how they’re doing.

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