Men's health in your 50s
Health risks increase in your 50s, especially if you've neglected your health in the past.
If you don't already have one, find a GP you feel comfortable talking to.
Make an annual health check with your GP an essential goal each birthday.
Talk to your GP about:
+ Your family's medical history
+ Type 2 diabetes risk
+ Weight, height and waist measurement
+ Blood pressure
+ Screening for bowel cancer
+ Prostate cancer risk
+ Your skin cancer risk - get those moles checked out
+ Your blood cholesterol and glucose
+ Mental health
+ Eye and hearing tests
+ Osteoporosis risk
+ Any erectile concerns
There may be associated risks with any family history of prostate or bowel cancer - discuss with your GP when you undertake your annual health check.
sexually transmitted diseases
...are more common than you may think and are on the rise in the 50s age group. Unprotected sex and genital contact can put you at risk.
Condoms don’t eliminate the risk but can drastically reduce them. If you are sexually active with more than one person have regular check-ups. Take care of yourself and your sexual partner.