OTHER PREVENTIVE TESTS TO TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT
Cholesterol – People with high cholesterol measurements from a blood sample have a higher risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), than those with cholesterol in the normal range. Studies have shown that people with high cholesterol can reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease by lowering their cholesterol.
Diabetes or prediabetes – Prediabetes is defined by elevated blood glucose that is not high enough to be considered diabetes. Many people with prediabetes progress to diabetes if their blood sugar is not managed through lifestyle and /or medication interventions. Identifying patients with prediabetes has important benefits for individuals as well as health systems, as managing blood glucose can decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke, as well as other serious complications.
Bone Mineral Density – BMD testing is recommended for all men and women over the age of 65 years. To screen for osteoporosis. Testing can be ordered earlier if risk factors such as family history, certain previous fractures and particular medications exist.