Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Six Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Do you know what questions to ask your doctor at your next checkup? Here are a few important ones.

November 09, 2015 | HF Healthy Living Team

At your yearly checkup, you have the chance to talk with your doctor about any issues or concerns you may be having about your health. But what, exactly, should you ask in order to help you stay healthy all year long? We’ve got a few suggestions to help you get the most out of your doctor visit.

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Screenings that you need
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What Screenings Do I Need?

 

Screenings that you need
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During your visit, your doctor will likely check your weight, blood pressure, and heartbeat. But it’s worth asking about other screenings that may not be so standard, ones based on your sex and age. This might include certain cancer screenings, cholesterol screenings, and more.

 

Vaccines or Immunizations that you need
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Do I Need Any
Vaccines or Immunizations?

 

Vaccines or Immunizations that you need
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Vaccines help prevent serious, and sometimes life-threatening, diseases—ones that could make you very sick, or worse. What vaccines you need—and when—depends on your age. Vaccines begin at birth and should be continued all the way through age 18 and sometimes beyond, with some vaccines requiring more than one dose.

 

Family Health History
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Can We Talk About
My Family History?

 

Family Health History
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Conditions like diabetes, breast cancer, heart disease, and more may run in your family or biological relatives. Whatever you know, share with your doctor. This will help to paint a more accurate picture of your health and will give your doctor better context for your test results.

 

Have Doctor Review your Medicine
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Can You Review
My Medicine with Me?

 

Have Doctor Review your Medicine
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Do you take medicine regularly? Now’s the time to ask your doctor whether the medicine you take is still right, or in the right amount. Your body changes over time, so the medicine you needed last year, or even last month, may be different than what you need right now. 

 

Asking Doctor about specific issues
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I Have a Specific Issue—
Can We Talk About It?

 

Asking Doctor about specific issues
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Your doctor is an expert—but you notice when something is different with your body. Don’t be afraid to share information with your doctor, even if it’s private. Your doctor is a trained professional and can help you without judgment. The more your doctor knows, the better she or he can help you in managing your health.

 

How to stay healthy
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What Can I Do To Stay
Healthy in Between Visits?

 

How to stay healthy
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Ask your doctor what you can do to be proactive about your health in between visits. Your doctor may have advice based on your test results, weight, or family history. It’s important to think of your time at your doctor’s office as just one piece of a larger puzzle, because what you do once you leave your doctor’s office will have a direct impact on your health for years to come.

 
 

 

© 2016 HF Management Services, LLC.

Healthfirst is the brand name used for products and services provided by one or more of the Healthfirst group of affiliated companies. The information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice from your doctor.

Sources
“Influenza (Flu),” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed November 24, 2015.
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

“8 Things to Ask Your Doctor at Your Annual Checkup,” ActiveBeat. July 25, 2015.
http://www.activebeat.com/your-health/women/8-things-to-ask-your-doctor-at-your-annual-checkup/

“Top 5 Questions for Your Doctor,” ABC News. April 4, 2013.
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/top-questions-doctor/story?id=18861526

“10 Questions Doctors Wish Their Patients Would Ask,” U.S. News & World Report. September 25, 2014.
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/slideshows/10-questions-doctors-wish-their-patients-would-ask

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