All men need a colonoscopy every 10 years starting at age 50. If the test raises any concerns, or if you have a family history of colon cancer, you’ll need a follow-up sooner. Get a prostate exam every single year, says Brahmbhatt, and kick up your blood pressure, lipids, and blood glucose testing to every one or two years. Also make sure your vaccines are up to date.
In your fifties, your doc will be more likely to check your vision and hearing, even if you haven’t noticed a marked decline in either. If he doesn’t automatically do these quick tests, request them every few years.
Brahmbhatt sees a lot of guys in this age group who feel fatigued or have lackluster libido. He’ll test their testosterone levels and also check for nutrient deficiencies such as magnesium and folate. If you eat well, you don’t necessarily need your nutrients checked. But if you’re exhibiting these kinds of symptoms, ask your doc to do it.