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A bunion is a deformity that is mainly made up of a lateral deviation of the great toe which enlarges due to a tissue or a bone. It is a serious foot problem. These are formed within the foot and not on the surface of the foot. An arthritic condition and  a result of bone degeneration it is found as  a lump on the outside portion of the big toe. Bunions are seen near the joint of the toe and sometimes  [...]

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Vital Medical Tests for Senior Citizens – Part I

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Senior citizens deserve to feel good and healthy and the suggestions provided by the United States Preventive Services Task Force are intended to achieve this goal. The following medical tests included in the recommendation could be carried out or requested when senior citizens visit physicians during their regular health check-up. On the basis of individual health status further medical tests might be recommended by the doctor.

Blood Pressure

Scores of people have hypertension or elevated blood pressure levels and are unaware about it. It is important to get blood pressure examined at regular intervals since hypertension could have a marring effect on organs like kidney, heart, brain and even the eyes.

Step upon a weighing scale

As people age, muscle replacement with fat occurs which often accrues on the waistline. Also senior citizens are often not able to exhume calories as effectively as when they were younger due to slackened body metabolism. Hence, it is important to be heedful about any increase in weight which might rob the person of sound health.

Rectal Examination

Fecal occult blood test or FOBT as well as rectal examination help in detecting any mass formation or blood loss which could be missed out normally and could offer vital inklings to curable issues related to the prostate or colon (such as cancers) when diagnosed early.

Colonoscopy

This procedure is conducted for examining presence of colon cancer and must be undergone in a decade’s time after a person crosses fifty years of age. Those people with risk factors would need to undergo colonoscopy prior to reaching fifty and at a more frequent basis. Hence, speaking to the physician regarding which is best-suited for you.

For Females

Mammograms and Breast Examination

Risk of breast cancer is directly proportional to increasing age. Hence, it is imperative to undergo yearly mammograms and breast examination by a doctor. Mammogram in every 1-2 yearly time intervals after crossing forty to fifty years of age is recommended. However, several breast cancer specialists disagree on this recommendation. Hence, this matter is best discussed with one’s personal physician regarding the time when one needs to undergo mammograms on a regular basis.

Pap Smear, Pelvic Examination

Women in their sixties require undergoing pap smear and pelvic examinations as they are at risk of developing cancers of the vagina and cervix. Pelvic examination could spot several health problems which could impact quality of existence and health. Pap smears are advised in every 3-yearly time intervals. Among women, sixty-five years or more and with 3 successive negative test outcomes of pap smear or have undergone total hysterectomy could be exempted from this recommendation.

Shielding the eyes

Eye conditions like macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma are widespread in elderly people. Hence, people who have crossed sixty-five years of age must get their eyes checked in 1-2 yearly time intervals. Getting your eyes screened would help in preserving and maximizing eyesight. It is recommended that people having vision issues need to visit an ophthalmologist more frequently.

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