How to prepare for a doctor’s visit

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‌Depending on age and disease risk, health care professionals recommend getting a physical anywhere between once a year to every three years. Regardless of the frequency, most people are not getting the most out of their doctor’s visits. A little preparation beforehand can go a long way. Here are a few things to consider before your next check-up:

1. Make a list of all your prescriptions
Prescriptions can often have odd names and dosages making this hard to keep track of. It may seem like no big deal but the danger is that the doctor could accidentally prescribe something additional that may not react well with what you are already on. This is called an adverse drug event or ADE. ADE’s can result in awide range of side effects from skin irritation to hospitalization and even death. Keep a list on your phone or on paper that you can easily share with your physician.

2. Be honest
Regardless of what it is, be honest about your concerns. If there is something that is bothering you, now is the best time to speak up. Are you experiencing any strange pains? Are you eating or drinking right? Here is a list of questions you should be asking your doctor.

3. Talk about your health goals
This really depends on the individual but what are some of your health goals? A good healthcare professional will be able to help you reach those goals. Are you trying to lose weight? Are you training for a marathon? Wanting to stay more focused while at work?

4. Consider a blood test
Even if you hate needles, this is one of the best ways to get a better look into your health. Your blood test results can tell you a lot about your health. This infographic shows what you can learn from your blood about your health.

These preparation steps should help you get the most out of your doctor’s visit. A well thought out plan will help you and your doctor make the most out of your time. If you know of another prep step, let us know in the comments below. Also, please share if you these steps improved your doctors visit.

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