Skyrocketing into 60s: Keep your health under control

Skyrocketing into 60s: Keep your health under control | HealthSoul

Aging is something everyone is aware of, yet it always comes unexpectedly, loading us with a bunch of problems. As a rule, women are more vigilant about all the changes in their bodies and take care of minor issues right away. Men, however, tend to turn a blind eye to their ailments, expecting that everything will disappear by itself. Sadly, such an approach works just the opposite – the problems get accumulated, leading to serious diseases.

Aiming to save health and stay strong for as long as possible, all the doctors recommend undergoing regular health checks once a year. The more disciplined you are, the more chances you have to treat the illnesses you have, not giving them any chances to develop.

What are the tests to perform when hitting 60?

1. Visual health

When reaching the 60s, eyesight problems may become more alarming, as we tend to spend more and more time in front of the screens. On-time check-ups may help to reveal macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma, which are common causes of eyesight deterioration. By regular visits to the eye doctor, you will be able to control the loss of eyesight and preserve its sharpness.

2. Bowel health

Bowel health is essential for our well-being, yet its diseases are hard to diagnose. Bowel cancer has become a common curse for many people, and unfortunately, it is only identified when in later stages, because people tend to put off visits to the doctor. Apart from regular checkups, it is crucial to consult a doctor when you notice sudden changes in the stool, constant tummy aching, bloating after meals, etc.

3. Male hormones

The main male hormone – testosterone – tends to decrease slowly from the 30s, yet in the 60s the changes are more noticeable. As a rule, the deficiency may cause specific health conditions, like erectile dysfunction, reduced sexual desire, and testicle shrinking; and non-specific – muscle fatigue, mood swings, inability to perform simple actions, etc.

According to the research, erectile dysfunction may also cause psychological problems, as it is difficult to accept the loss of men’s main power. After having a thorough checkup, it’s worth consulting the specialists, who will help to choose the best treatment.

4. Bone strength

Have you noticed that the elderly tend to spend more time with plaster when breaking their limbs? The loss of bone mass, or osteoporosis, is a slow killer. Sometimes one bad movement can lead to a broken bone. There is a common misbelief that women are at a higher risk of osteoporosis than men, yet, an unhealthy lifestyle, testosterone decline, alcohol, diabetes, and certain medication takes their toll on bone health and strength.

Apart from making a regular screening, it is important to control your consumption of calcium and vitamin D, as these supplements are a proven way to strengthen bone mass. Another crucial method to use is sport – when doing regular physical activities, you strengthen the muscles and make the bones denser, thus, lowering the risk of osteoporosis.

5. Cardiovascular health

High cholesterol levels and high blood pressure are not the best company for aging. Cholesterol provokes the hardening of arteries, which leads to atherosclerosis and plaques. High blood pressure becomes a nightmare when hitting the 50s and 60s, as it appears almost out of nowhere – anxiety, tiredness, dramatic changes in the weather, activities, etc. It damages the arteries and makes them less elastic, thus, decreasing the blood flow, and oxygen transportation. It can all lead to the diseases of the one-and-only engine – the heart. While undergoing the screening, you can get recommendations about proper nutrition, activities, and medication, to keep this part of your health under control.

6. Blood sugar level

Diabetes is a merciless disease, it creates a knock-on effect, impacting the majority of body systems. The level of blood sugar can easily be checked with a simple blood test. Apart from being taken regularly, it is important to reach your doctor once you start peeing frequently, have a constant feeling of thirst, and lose weight without any changes in your diet.

7. Weight control

While aging we tend to move less and can just spend hours sitting and observing everything around us. It may seem like a good way to spend time, and just enjoy life, however, its consequences aren’t as positive. First of all, a lower level of activity leads to the loss of muscle mass and bone mass, secondly, the portions of food often become even bigger. As a result, people gain more and more weight, having slim chances of losing it, and just accumulating various diseases.

It is important to check weight and body mass index (BMI) in order to keep your weight under control and not to start the parade of illnesses it can cause.

8. Vaccination

Vaccination is a tried-and-tested method to protect the body from seasonal, infectious, or viral diseases, especially in old age, when the immune system is getting weaker and weaker.  The vaccination should be performed according to the individual plan, once in a few years, depending on the type.

It is also important to contact your doctor and ask for a specific medication when traveling to certain countries.


Health checks always seem to be a burdensome routine to avoid. However, it is just the best way to save your health, or at least, maintain it on a proper level. When skyrocketing into the 60s, you are free to do what you want, to relax, travel and just enjoy the lifetime. Do yourself a favor – keep your health under control, to make this journey into pension a pleasant one.