Here are online health tests that older adults should know about. They cover eleven medical or health issues or concerns, are easy to use, and have been created and provided by reputable organizations and experts. This information and the links provided are not intended for medical or health advice. Always consult with your health care provider or seek professional medical treatment for any medical or health concern.
Asthma and allergies affect so many people, and many don't know it. If you sometimes cough at night, have difficulty taking a deep breath, or suffer from itchy eyes or runny or stuffy nose, you may have allergies. You can take the Allergy Symptoms Test from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. You'll get information on resources that can help you feel better and sleep better at night.
Hip fractures are a big concern for the active baby boomer generation. The chance of fracturing a hip goes up over time. Osteoporosis and falling are the two main things that lead to breaking a hip. Preventative measures are essential for early diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and fall prevention. The American Bone Health's Fracture Risk Calculator is a tool you can use to help. It provides an online self-assessment of your risk for suffering a hip or other type of fracture.
"The ABH 10-Year Fracture Risk Calculator™ (ABH FRC) Version 2.1 published 05/01/2018 estimates 10-year fracture risk for postmenopausal women and men age 45 and older who are not receiving treatment for osteoporosis. The ABH FRC is valuable for discussions between patients and their health care providers about osteoporosis prevention and treatment. The tool has a patient-friendly graphic display of the risk results comparing it to expected risk, and categorizing risk as low, medium, or high."
The American Bone Health's Fracture Risk Calculator presents you with a set of questions to help you find your risk level. Then you can talk to your doctor about the steps you should take to keep your bones healthy and prevent fractures. When you complete the survey and select "Calculate Risk," you'll learn how likely it could be for you to break a bone in the next ten years.
One in four Americans with diabetes have the disease and don't know it. Millions over the age of 65 have prediabetes. You can take the American Diabetes Association's Diabetes Risk Test to see if you're at risk for type 2 diabetes.
The Siteman Cancer Center offers the Your Disease Risk online tool for finding out your risk of different cancers and other serious chronic diseases. After you take the assessment, you'll also get personalized tips for preventing any illnesses listed. Developed by world-renowned experts, Your Disease Risk is an easy-to-use tool that collects the latest scientific evidence on disease risk factors.
Genetic gluten sensitivity testing, along with your medical history and an examination, offers the best accuracy in figuring out if going gluten-free is necessary. If you don't want to get genetic testing yet, you can use this quick Gluten Sensitivity Self-Test from the Gluten Free Society. This symptoms checklist may help you determine whether or not gluten sensitivity may be an issue for you.
The American Academy of Family Physicians and the Mayo Clinic offer symptom checkers to help you track symptoms to common medical concerns and come to a possible diagnosis that includes care recommendations.
Choose from a variety of symptoms to narrow down potentially related health issues. Be sure to consult with your doctor if you feel you have a health or medical problem.
A Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator can help determine a healthy weight range for your height. It doesn't measure body fat, which is more accurate, but it's a useful tool for exploring weight issues. Get your estimated BMI number from this BMI calculator from Harvard Health.
Though it can't replace a professional evaluation by an audiologist, an online hearing test simulator can help verify if you have any hearing loss. It's easy and fast to do. You'll want to use headphones, if possible, for the best results. With headphones, you'll be able to get ear-specific information.
Online hearing tests are not all the same. Some online hearing tests use tones, while others use speech. To get the results of your online hearing test, you'll probably have to fill out a contact form. Search the web for "online hearing test" to explore your options for getting your hearing evaluated online.
The Mayo Clinic offers the Heart Disease Risk Calculator to assess your risk level for heart disease.
Enter your height, weight, age, gender, and race, then answer a few questions about your medical history, current health, activity level, and diet.
For a more accurate calculation, have these three things ready:
You'll get a short report when you finish that shows:
Many things negatively impact sleep. Fortunately, many strategies and treatments can help. One thing you can do to address your sleep problems is to figure out what's disturbing your slumber. If you struggle with insomnia, a behavioral sleep specialist may be able to help. Harvard offers a free sleep disorders screening survey.
Narcolepsy may go unrecognized and undiagnosed for years. More people have it than you think. People often accept sleepiness as being a normal part of life, but it's not. Also, many primary care physicians are unfamiliar with how to recognize and treat narcolepsy. Harvard's Narcolepsy Self-Evaluation can help you learn more.
Another helpful self-assessment tool for recognizing excessive sleepiness is the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), which measures daytime sleepiness. An ESS score over 10 indicates troublesome drowsiness. Many people with narcolepsy have scored higher than 15.
Editor's Note: Updated January 2021.
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