Health checks from age 40 avoid 'black hole' | 5/28/2019 | Staff
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Seeing a health professional for a full health screening—even when you feel healthy—from around age 40 enables people to make changes when problems first set in, experts say.

Flinders University research on a group of 561 seemingly healthy adults found that there was an average of five unidentified health problems per person, including undiagnosed blood pressure or early hearing loss.

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The 21 health domains tested hearing, memory, lung function, foot sensation, balance, diet and physical activity.

In the 561 seemingly healthy community-dwelling adults aged 40 to 75 years, the average number of health issues was five—irrespective of decade of life.

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"People in their middle years are being sucked into the black hole of ageing," says Flinders Strategic Professor Sue Gordon, Chair of Restorative Care in Ageing.

"Small reversible changes in health are accumulating unnoticed while people are time poor and their lives consumed by work and parenting."

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Often we don't notice the problem until it's too late for the individual to self-manage, and vastly more expensive to address.

"So even 40 and 50 year olds have health issues most of which are amenable to change."

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The health issues included:

The good news?

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Many of the changes were reversible and six months after getting their report, many can adopt health advice and experience better health. "This shows that individualised screening and self-management recommendations do improve health, even among people who feel healthy. It also may save lives and money later...
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