Tests I Should Have Because I’m Over 50
Being in the over 50 club, I am well aware that there are certain tests and immunizations I should be getting, but will I, that's another question. According to Web MD, there are several tests I should be having, like a colon cancer screening (had mine about five years ago - the Doctor said I'm good for another 5 years). I should also have my blood pressure and blood sugar checked, along with my cholesterol and routine mammograms. I recently, well in September, for the first time ever, I got the recommended flu shot. Yes, I know that I am supposed to have a flu shot every year. As I was getting the shot, the sweet young (and when I say young I mean my son's age) pharmacist remarked that since I was over 50 (like that's a bad thing), I should really get the shingles shot too. I believe his exact words were, "People that are older, like you, should really get the shot." I opted to pass on the shingles shot, however; I am in the back of my mind thinking it probably isn't a bad idea.
Here's my take: whether you're over 50 or not, you should take care of yourself. I generally have an annual exam each year. I call it my "a to z." I am generally a healthy person, no high blood pressure or hypertension or anything like that. I do have cancer concerns, as it does run in my family, as well as high blood pressure, but mine is fine.