If You’re Over 65, You May Not Need These Common Medical Tests and Screenings

Mature male patient looking at paperwork with his doctor in hospital.
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Key Takeaways

  • Older adults who seek healthcare are at risk for overtreatment and having screenings that they don’t need.

  • Many common medical tests are not recommended after a certain age or if you’re not having symptoms.

  • Patients should ask their healthcare provider to explain why a test is recommended and speak up if they aren’t sure why it’s needed.

After the age of 65, many people find themselves in a healthcare provider’s office more frequently for help with managing a chronic disease or just to “keep an eye on” their health. Since having access to quality healthcare in the United States is not a given, being proactive about your health if you’re able is generally a smart move.

That said, there can be such a thing as too much of a good thing—even when it comes to medical care. Many older adults don’t realize that some routine screenings and treatments may not be necessary and can even be harmful for them.

A recent study highlighted…

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This article submitted to MSRN by Pat France, MSRN Volunteer