The Most Vital Health Checkups Men 65+ Need to Do Each Year

Beyond a yearly physical, men age 65 and older need to consider a few additional health screenings.

While some screenings may require you see a specialist, your regular physician could perform some tests. Even some things, like immunizations could be done at your local pharmacy. Here are the health guidelines Johns Hopkins Medicine and Medline Plus that suggest screenings for men age 65 and older. No. 15 may surprise you.

1. Abdominal aortic aneurysm test

Doctor Using Ultrasound Scan On Abdomen Of Senior Male Patient

Getting this test is vital if you’ve ever smoked. | AndreyPopov/Getty Images

This test, performed by ultrasound, is important if you’ve ever smoked. If the aorta bursts it can cause “life threatening” bleeding as the aorta is the body’s main source of blood, according to Mayo Clinic.

Next: Many men this age are at risk. 

2. Blood pressure

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This common test should be something you get regularly. | Monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images

A vital test for all adults, but especially important for men age 65 because approximately 75% of men over age 65 have high blood pressure, according to Harvard Medical School. Ideal numbers should fall below 140/90.

Next: You should start this test around age 50. 

3. Colorectal cancer screening

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Talk to your doctor about this test. | Seb_ra/iStock/Getty Images

This test should be performed starting at age 50, with routine tests performed years later depending upon your screening results. This test becomes more important with age as men are typically diagnosed with colon cancer around age 68, according to Cancer.net.

Next: This is a common problem for aging adults. 

4. Depression

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This mental illness can be tough to identify. | Highwaystarz-Photography/Getty Images

Unfortunately depression is common for those over age 65, but may be more challenging to identify, according to WebMD. Certain medications, spending time alone, and dealing with a stressful event can increase your risk.

Next: Test early, continue to monitor at age 65 and beyond.

5. Diabetes mellitus, type 2

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Have you been tested for type 2 diabetes? | SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images

Testing for type 2 diabetes is important, as type 2 accounts for up to 95% of diagnosed adults, according to Medical News Today. Adults should begin testing around age 45. Approximately 11.2% of adults age 65 or older have the disease.

Next: One of these diseases is prevalent among baby boomers. 

6. STDs

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STDs may be more common than you think. | Imageegaml/iStock/Getty Images

While an HIV and syphilis test is recommended, older adults should also get tested for hepatitis C, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends. Baby boomers are five times more likely to have hepatitis C than other adults.

Next: While not common in the U.S., still important. 

7. Tuberculosis

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Talk to your doctor at your next annual exam. | Obencem/Getty Images

Older adults are more vulnerable to tuberculosis (TB) and most deaths from TB occur among those who are over age 50, according to research published in Science Direct. While uncommon in developed countries, TB can still be very problematic for older adults because they may develop a more virulent version of the disease.

Next: This health screen is vital as you age. 

8. Vision

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Vision care is vital as you age. | AlexRaths/iStock/Getty Images

Vision screening is especially important for those age 65 or older as one in three older adults has vision problems, according to American Family Physician. Common issues include age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy.

Next: This test may help you prevent a heart attack. 

9. Lipid disorders

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Heart disease is common as you age. | TeoLazarev/iStock/Getty Images

Screening for lipid disorders should begin at age 35 for men and those with high cholesterol are at a greater risk for heart attacks and strokes, WebMD reports. Some risk factors include being overweight, not exercising, eating a diet that contains trans fats, processed foods, and saturated fats.

Next: You may want to add a few more to this list at age 65.

10. Immunizations

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Check to make sure all your immunizations are up to date. | iStock.com/Mckyartstudio

You may want to update vaccines like tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis, measles/mumps/rubella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and chickenpox. Also, getting a yearly flu shot is a good idea since those age 65 and older are at a higher risk of suffering from complications, the CDC reports.

Other year vaccines to consider include one for shingles and pneumonia, according to Consumer Reports.

Next: Were you a smoker?

11. Lung cancer screening

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Even if you’ve never smoked, you could be in danger. | iStock.com/Minerva Studio

Consider a low-dose CT scan to detect for early lung cancer if you have ever smoked, according to the American Cancer Society. Active and former smokers may benefit from this test, even if you have no signs of lung cancer.

Next: Don’t forget this important checkup. 

12. Dental checkups

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Regular dental care is more important than you might think. | Sam Edwards/Getty Images

Hopefully you’ve faithfully visited your dentist through the years, as about 5% of seniors age 65 and older have no teeth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Approximately 18% of seniors also have untreated tooth decay.

Next: Every man needs this test.

13. Prostate cancer screening

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This cancer is very common in men. | Monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men, according to the American Cancer Society. Men with an average risk should begin screening at age 50, however if you are at high risk you should start at age 40.

Next: This decreases with age.

14. Hearing screening

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Make sure your hearing is still top notch. | Martin Barraud/Getty Images

Adults up to age 50 should be screened for hearing once every 10 years, according to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Seek screening every three years after age 50.

Next: This problem persists among older men.

15. Alcohol abuse

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Alcohol addiction can be a tough habit to break. | Wavebreakmedia/Getty Images

While all adults should be screened for alcohol misuse, binge drinking is more prevalent among older men, according to Recovery Ranch. Older adults are at a high risk of alcohol poisoning as the body ages.

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