Aging people must always see their doctor on a regular basis. This is an important task that any person, especially those over 50 and up, should never take for granted, or dismiss as not important because they feel nothing unusual about their body. Though one does not feel abnormal or feel any pain, he can not tell what is going on inside his system. There are so many things one needs to monitor when it comes to normal functioning of the organs or bodily systems. The human body is comparable to a machine that succumbs to wear and tear as time passes by.
Like an engine which needs maintenance like change oil, tweaking or changing of defective parts, the human body needs the same attention for it to function well for so many years. It is like solving a problem at once, nip it in the bud, instead of waiting for it to deteriorate. Finding a solution would be very difficult if the problem gets worse.
For aged individuals, there should be at least a monthly schedule of laboratory tests like blood chemistry to check for sugar levels in the blood, cholesterol, uric acid, etc. that weakens the body. There should be urine tests, heart monitoring tests like stress tests, angiogram, 2-dimensional echo, and other tests related to the heart functions.
For females, there are more tests needed like mammogram, iodine tests, pap smear test to see if there are no problems in her reproductive organ; hormone tests, bone density tests, etc.
There are still so many tests that a matured person need to go though to ensure a healthy body. One need to allot at least a day or two to accomplish all the tests, preferably a general executive check-up should be done to be assured of reliable results, and for closer monitoring. Some doctors recommend that a person who wants to undergo executive check-up should check-in or stay at the hospital for at least 24 hours to have all the tests done.
An elderly person should not take for granted the need to visit his doctor regularly because this can prolong his life, or immediately correct abnormalities in his system that can affect his mobility, and his daily activities. It is just like investing some time to achieve a healthy body as one ages.
Along with regular visits to the physician, an elderly person should abide by the recommended diet to prevent certain lifestyle diseases, and do regular exercises like walking in the morning, especially to get some minutes of exposure to morning sunshine. It is said that exposure to morning sunshine, at least for 30 minutes, can help in the absorption of calcium in the bones to prevent osteoporosis.