Follow these steps to ensure a quality visit and the healthiest you possible.
The average doctor visit lasts only about 15 minutes. Are you doing everything possible to get the most from it? Follow these 14 steps to ensure a quality visit and the healthiest you possible.
Before your appointment
- Provide the office with your current and complete medical history
- Write a detailed account of your problems and symptoms. Be clear and specific.
- Track the results of home tests like weight, temperature, blood sugar, and blood pressure and bring to the appointment.
- Bring a list of medications and dosages that you take. Include prescription, over-the-counter and vitamin and herbal supplements.
- Write down your most pressing questions for the doctor.
During your appointment
- Ask these questions: What is my main problem? What do I need to do? Why is it important for me to do this?
- If you don’t understand something, ask the doctor to explain it further.
- Be honest. Don’t hold back information even if it’s embarrassing.
- Bring a friend or family member to help interpret information.
- Bring test results and contact information from other doctors.
After your appointment
- Follow your doctor’s recommendations.
- If you have additional questions, call the office.
- Schedule follow-up visits and labs. Don’t skip them even if you feel better.
- Take medications as prescribed.
Bring along a list of medications and dosages as well as test results to your appointments.
Getting older often means more visits to the doctor. Making the most of every appointment requires that you plan a little, ask certain questions, and bring along the right tools. Follow these strategies to ensure your health care needs are met at each and every visit.
As we get older, our bodies become more susceptible to illness. That’s why it’s important to get annual preventative screenings, as well as regularly visit our doctors to monitor any diseases, conditions, or unusual symptoms that we may have.
An average visit to the doctor lasts only about 15 minutes. In order to get the most out of that visit and ensure you are getting the best health care possible, you must make efficient use of the brief encounter. We are here today to give you some strategies to guarantee that your visits to the doctor are quality driven and result in your optimum health. Read more
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Choose an activity you enjoy (such as walking or swimming) and do it for about 30 minutes a day most days of the week. Check with your health care provider before starting an exercise program.
2. Eat healthy.
Load up on fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy sources, and lean protein. Incorporate more fish, beans, peas, nuts and seeds into your diet and experiment with seasonings such as cinnamon.
3. Lose weight if needed.
Just a 5 percent weight loss is proven to help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
4. Stay on top of your regular screenings, including eye exams.
Know your blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and body mass index numbers.
5. Take medications for diabetes and other chronic conditions as prescribed by your health care provider.
6. Quit smoking.
It increases your risk of diabetes and makes it more difficult to manage the disease if you have it.