When you go to the doctor, your focus will be on the matter that bothers you at that moment. You never think of discussing preventive health. But, take the opportunity to know more than your current ailments. It is important to update your health status and to make changes in your lifestyle to suit the ever-evolving requirements of the body. Your physical fitness and well-being depend on these questions. Asking questions is not only a doctor’s responsibility. You should also ask questions to understand your health condition. Shed the reluctance and ask these questions to your doctor to stay on top of your health.
1. What Is My Diagnosis?
If you are diagnosed with a medical condition, make sure that you are well aware of it before you leave the doctor’s office. You should ask how sure he or she is of the diagnosis. It is very important because according to 2012 statistics published in The American Journal of Medicine, 15 percent of medical cases in developed countries are misdiagnosed. Understand the available treatment options and the risks of treatment. Learn more about the complications that could develop as a consequence of your condition.
2. What Are The Medications?
You can trust your physician. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t express your skepticism about his/her prescription. Make sure that your body needs that medication. Be aware of the side effects. Ask him whether you should avoid any over-the-counter drugs or food while taking the medicine. Also, know more about the alternatives. If the prescribed treatment doesn’t work, you should be aware of other options. If a surgery or a procedure is involved, there is no harm in asking the doctor how often he/she has done it.
3. Am I At Risk For PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age. This affects fertility and pregnancy. Many women will have subtle symptoms in their 20s. Women with a family history of PCOS, irregular periods or diabetes are likely to be at the highest risk. So, it is important to discuss with your doctor about PCOS early itself.
4. How Good Is My Digestive Health?
As you reach your 30s, your digestive system may slow down its function. Aging is a factor in several digestive system disorders. Your diet and other unhealthy habits may need to be changed to be on board with your aging digestive system. You may experience bloating, reflux, or constipation. Sometimes your body may not get enough nutrients. Talk to your doctor about your digestive health. Chances are that you may be able to track down many of your discomforts to a defective digestive system.
5. What Exercise Can I Do?
As you age, you may need to treat your body differently. Learn more about the exercises suitable for your age and how often you can do it. Are there any specific exercises you should avoid? Do you need to start a specific type of exercise? If you have plans to begin your exercise regime, then ask him whether you need a stress test before starting to work out. But sometimes, a stress test may lead to false results, resulting in unnecessary treatments. So ensure that you are doing it right.
6. When Do I Get A Mammogram/ Pap Smear?
A mammogram helps you detect breast cancer early and pap smear tests the presence of cervical cancer. It is vital for women in their 40s to undergo these tests to identify early symptoms. Don’t shy away from asking your doctor the best age for you to begin getting these tests. Share your medical and family history with the doctor. Try to understand the significance of these tests and how frequent you need to go for these screenings.
7. What’s My Risk For Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. According to the American Cancer Society’s estimates for 2017, there will be about 161,360 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States. Not meant to scare you. But to highlight the need to talk to your doctor about it. It develops mainly in older men. Talk to your doctor about the need for regular screening. Given your medical history, he/she will be able to guide you.
8. Am I Taking The Right Supplements?
People often have a tendency to self-medicate with supplements. They follow what they hear from their friends. So, next time when you visit your doctor, inform him/her about the supplements you take. The doctor will review them for you and ensure that they’re right for you. This is crucial as some supplements can interfere with your medication.
9. Do I Need A Colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy is a procedure that looks at the inner lining of your large intestine. It is done to check for colorectal cancer or polyps. People aged 50 or above should ask their doctor about the need for this test. You could prevent cancer to a great extent with this. Even though 50 is the ideal age for this test, your family history or unhealthy lifestyle habits may demand an early screening. It’s best to have a chat with your doctor about it.
10. Am I At A Healthy Weight?
Weight gain can be a warning sign of many diseases. It is safe to get an update from your doctor about your healthy weight and how to maintain it. If you have added a few extra pounds recently, check with your doctor whether there are other reasons behind it, such as diabetes or thyroid issues. After menopause, women will have trouble controlling their weight. With a doctor’s help, you can develop a weight loss plan.