Four Key Health Questions to Ask Your Doctor
While none of us enjoy a doctor’s visit for an illness or injury, an annual wellness exam is a time you and your primary care physician can work together to prevent illness and take steps for a healthier life.
Why are Checkups Important?
Health checkups, along with any screenings your doctor recommends, can help detect health problems before they become serious or lead to complications. The annual exam is also a time to ask you doctor questions, update them on changes to your health, and discuss any changes to family health history.
Vital Questions for Better Health
To make the most of your exam, make a list of questions before your visit. Here are four of the most important questions to cover with your doctor. Be sure to add any questions you have about your specific health conditions.
1. Is my weight within the healthy range?
Ask your physician what is an ideal weight for your particular body type and age. Keeping your weight within a healthy range can help lower your risk of conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
2. Is my blood pressure within a healthy range?
High blood pressure typically does not have symptoms, so an annual check of blood pressure is important. Less than 120 over 80 is considered normal blood pressure. Most doctors define high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, as 140 over 90 or higher.
3. Are the medications I’m taking still the most effective for my health today?
Your body changes over time, which means your medications require monitoring and adjustment over time. Be sure to talk with your doctor about prescribed medications and dosages as well as any over-the-counter medications or herbal supplements.
4. What are recommended screenings based on my age, family history, and lifestyle?
Depending on your individual situation, your doctor may recommend a Pap test, mammogram, prostate cancer screening, colon cancer screening, or other tests. It’s important to remember that screening recommendations will vary from person to person based on these individual factors.
Schedule Your Visit Today
If you haven’t had an annual checkup within the last year, call your physician’s office to schedule one. If you need a primary care physician, LeBauer HealthCare offices are located throughout the Triad and include internists, family practice physicians, and nurse practitioners. Find a LeBauer near you to schedule an appointment for a checkup today.