5 Questions To Ask At Your Next Doctor’s Visit

Your doctor’s visit is one of the best opportunities to get hands-on about your health. It is your time — a time when you can get answers to your questions. How can you make the most out of this time? Here are five important questions that you can ask during your next visit in order to gain valuable insight into your health.

5 Questions To Ask At Your Next Doctor's Visit

Question #1: “What is the number one lifestyle change I should make?”

If there’s anybody that you want to be brutally honest with you, it’s your doctor. Don’t shy away from getting straightforward advice about lifestyle changes. Whether it’s exercising more, eating healthier, stopping smoking, or improving your sleep habits, let your doctor give you a push in the right direction.

Question #2: “Do I need any shots?”

Immunizations are one thing that often gets pushed aside when it comes to adults. Yet immunizations are still an important part of your healthcare routine. There are 14 vaccines that are recommended for some adults, and chances are you could benefit from at least one of them. Your doctor may easily forget in the hustle and bustle of other health concerns to check the status of your shots,  so it’s a good idea to remind him.

Question #3: “Is there anything in my family history that I should be worried about?”

Don’t forget, your family history is a major contributing factor to future health problems. Knowing as much as you can as early as possible helps a lot! Your family history can reveal much about your chances of developing heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, just to name a few. Take a step in the right direction, and ask your doctor this important question.

Question #4: “What is my BMI?”

BMI stands for Body Mass Index and measures your weight in relation to your height. While weight isn’t something we like to discuss with anyone — even our doctor — this is an important question to ask. Why? Whether your BMI rises, falls, or remains stable can be a key to determining if you’re at increased risk for such disorders as diabetes and heart disease. Having this somewhat uncomfortable conversation can mean a lot to your future health.

Question #5: “Which screening tests do I need?”

There are a number of screening tests available today, and many recommendations have changed within the last few years. It is good to talk to your doctor and find out what the latest recommendations are concerning tests for breast, cervical, and prostate cancers. Asking this question could save your life.

Now you are equipped with the tools to make the most out of your doctor’s visit. Ask these five questions, and you will be taking charge of your body and your health. What a good feeling that is!

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