Parents are a precious gift. When they get older, it is time their children to take responsibility and take care of their health and well-being. A change in lifestyle, including regular exercise, proper nutrition, and mental health play a key role in leading a long healthy life. Apart from this, health screening tests for diseases are a necessity in older age groups. It may help people to know the possibility of any disease at a stage when it is preventable. On the other hand, if someone’s parents are already suffering from any age-related disease, then disease management with regular monitoring of related medical parameters becomes essential.
Listed below are some important health screening tests which are important for parents especially those who are above 50 years of age:
1. Physical Examination
Scheduling a visit to a general physician and asking for a routine physical examination annually may help to know a lot about the status of parent's health. A general physical examination includes parameters like height, weight, waist circumference, body mass index, blood pressure, pulse, body temperature, etc.
2. Gender-Specific Tests
For fathers, it is important to ensure timely tests for screening of colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, and heart diseases with other tests too. Similarly for mother, appropriate tests to be performed by a gynaecologist include a breast examination, pelvic examination, mammography and PAP smear with other tests too.
3. Complete Blood Counts and Advance Blood Panels
Blood tests are equally important, along with a physical examination. These tests can help the doctor screen for a very large number of diseases. Complete blood count provides information about haemoglobin, RBCs count, total leukocyte count, differential leukocyte count, and platelet count. All these parameters can help a medical advisor to screen for illnesses like anaemia, infections and its types, blood cancers, and many other haematological irregularities.
The Advance Care Package includes Sugar, LFT, KFT, Lipid Profile, CBC, Vitamins, Thyroid, HbA1c and Iron Profile.
Here is some information about few of the parameters:
a) Lipid Profile Test
Most women are at the risk of developing high levels of LDL or bad cholesterol during their menopause phase. In this phase, their estrogens levels drop significantly. A lipid profile helps assess cholesterol levels to prevent heart problems. Among men, older men pose a serious risk due to an unhealthy and sedentary lifestyle. The test includes Total Cholesterol, HDL Chol., Triglycerides, LDL Chol., VLDL Chol., Ratios.
b) Kidney Function Test (KFT)
Kidney function test is used to analyse any abnormality happening in kidneys. The test is usually performed in patients with a family history of renal disorders, high blood pressure and diabetes, making them highly susceptible to kidney diseases. The test includes several parameters such as Urea, Creatinine, Uric Acid, Calcium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride.
c) Liver Function Test (LFT)
With age, the normal functioning of various organs slow down. The liver is a vital organ that plays an important role in regulating the metabolic activities of the body and detoxifying the body by filtering out toxins. The blood circulation in the liver may fall, and its ability to filter out chemicals and toxins also start to fall. Therefore, in order to detect any signs of liver abnormalities as early as possible, getting an LFT done periodically is necessary. The tests include SGOT, SGPT, Total Protein, Total Bilirubin, Direct Bil., Indirect Bil., Alk. Phosp., GGT, Albumin, Globulin
d) Blood sugar fasting test
Sugar Fasting or BS fasting measures the glucose levels in the bloodstream. This test is advised by the doctors to measure the fasting glucose levels (detection and management of diabetes) of the patient. If anyone of the parent is diabetic, it is advised to go for routine check-ups to keep the diabetic level in control.
4. Hearing Test
Older people may suffer from hearing loss or decreased hearing. Hearing loss is preventable. Getting the parents hearing tested by an expert doctor routinely can help prevent any major fall in their hearing abilities.
5. Eye examination
Eye examination helps in screening for various eye-related problems like cataract, macular degeneration, glaucoma, eye infections, etc. Apart from this, it also helps in regular check-us of the eyesight of the parents. If anyone of the parents has diabetes, an eye examination should be done more frequently.
Apart from these mandatory tests, there are some other tests also which play an essential role in providing information about what’s going within the body. These tests include DEXA, ECG, thyroid function tests, dental check-ups, etc. House of Diagnostics ensures quality and reliability diagnostics and testing services at an affordable cost. We aim to achieve the latest techniques and advanced equipment to ensure the patient's trust and safety.
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