There is an old saying that once you hit fifty, it all goes downhill. Most people over fifty can more than relate to this statement, because let’s face it, as we get older the aches and pains are more pronounced and honestly in places we never had them before. Getting old is not for the faint of heart, that is for sure.
However, there are some things to keep in mind when we start that downward trek. Some doctors advise that certain procedures should not be performed on those over fifty. They even go so far to say that these procedures can be very dangerous.
If you have a history of thyroid issues within your family, then by all means get a screening. In most cases thyroid ultrasounds, if they show anything, will present with small nodules that in the end vary rarely pose any problems. Most doctors, upon discovering the nodules, suggest you have them removed if not your entire thyroid gland altogether. If you do opt to go with total removal, you will need to be on a regimen of medication for the rest of your life.
Bone Density Testing
Quite honestly, if you are not currently at a high risk for bone loss, and under the age of 65, there is really no need to have these types of tests. If you do decide to be tested, in most cases a minute amount of bone loss can be detected, which will result in being prescribed medicine that more often than not can cause some nasty side effects.
Although CT Scans are the current choice for scanning for lumps, cysts, and tumors, it has been estimated that 2% of all the reported cancer cases in the US could very well be a result from actually having the scans themselves. The reason being that the CT Scans use so much radiation in their operation. Doctors suggest a much safer method of scanning is simply to have an MRI.
Cardiac Stress Test
This is another test, that unless you fall within a specific criterion, you do not need to have performed. If you have a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol, you may very well need the test. In most cases, it has been found that doctors will insist you need this test yearly, The problem is that with constant testing chances are that they will find heart problems that are not really there, and that can lead to more unnecessary, invasive procedures.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Often prescribed to women to ease post-menopausal symptoms, doctors highly recommend taking the replacement therapy drugs for as short a time as possible. Research has shown that, although they do ease symptoms due to menopause to some respect, prolonged use can cause a decline in heart health.
Finally, we have blood panels. Although routine bloodwork is used by most physicians, it is best to not have tests done for every little thing. The more often you are tested, the better the chance of a lab error that will only result in a great deal of unnecessary stress and worry.