Because of the many changes that can happen to a man's body as he ages, it's important to ask a doctor or a professional providing home care for seniors any questions about symptoms that are out of the ordinary.
"Should I be tested for prostate cancer?"
Men who have a family history of prostate cancer should start having yearly screenings done beginning at age 40. Since the prostate produces the protein PSA, a blood test will be able to detect if levels are normal or elevated.
"What screenings should I have done annually?"
Blood pressure and cholesterol screenings are important for men over the age of 50. Now that an annual physical is covered by insurance, there shouldn't be any reason to miss these tests.
"Is there cause for concern that I haven't slept well lately?"
There are more than 50 million adults who have trouble sleeping, and as many as 37 percent of those between the ages of 55 and 65 unintentionally fall asleep during the day at least once a month. One of the main causes for difficulties in getting shut eye is sleep apnea, which can disrupt sleep as well as the chances of developing cardiovascular problems.
"How can I tell if I'm at risk of heart disease?"
Since family history is a major risk factor for heart disease, it's a good idea to let your doctor know about any other family members that have had heart attacks or other conditions. Everyone is at risk for heart disease, so it's a good idea to get tested.