Milestone medical tests for women in their 50s
Entering the 50s means the menopause for most women, and it is one of life's milestones where it is worth taking stock of your health.
Many important tests are available from the NHS to screen for health conditions and to help prevent others.
Book an appointment with your GP to find out what would be best for you.
Thyroid hormone test
Your thyroid, that innocuous looking gland in your neck, is the body's powerhouse, producing hormones needed for metabolism. Ageing and disease, such as an overactive immune system, can wreak havoc causing the thyroid gland to produce too much or too little of its hormones. Talk to your doctor if you have unexplained symptoms - he or she might recommend a blood test to check your thyroid.