- Men over the age of 50 are at an elevated risk of heart, liver, and kidney disease.
- Don’t rush to conclusions when receiving test results, because doctors perform broader tests first before deciding if they need to conduct more specific diagnostic tests.
- Some medications can have the side effect of raising or lowering electrolyte levels, blood cell and platelet counts, and other proteins and enzymes, so your doctor may test your blood more frequently if you’re on medication.
- Ask your doctor what other tests are appropriate for someone with your unique health conditions.
Are you confused whenever you go to the doctor and hear things like “A1C,” “INR” and other acronyms that sound like a language you don’t speak? You’re certainly not alone. As you get older, your doctor needs to perform more tests to make sure all your organs are in good health. These blood tests each have a specific purpose.
This guide reviews the most common blood tests you should have done at least once a year after turning 50. The results can help a doctor detect a problem early, so there’s still time to treat any issues they find. Remember that these tests only show a part of the picture, and your doctor may need to order other tests before determining if there’s cause for concern.
The Most Common Blood Tests
Some of the most common blood tests for men over 50-years old include a thyroid test, the hemoglobin A1C test, a vitamin B12 test, PT and INR test, the brain natriuretic peptide test (BNP), an iron test, basic metabolic panel test, comprehensive metabolic panel test, complete blood count test, and a lipid panel. These tests check for things like an imbalance in thyroid hormones, nutrient deficiencies, prediabetes, and so much more.
Your doctor may recommend one or more of these tests to make sure you’re in good health. Sometimes it takes several tests to provide a full and accurate assessment of your health and any potential medical conditions. Let’s dive into what these blood tests are and what they tell your doctor.