Getting in to see your doctor can sometimes take weeks, so when you finally have his or her undivided attention, be sure to use your time wisely and get all of your questions answered.
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- Research your family tree and ask your parents the tough questions about your family's health. You should know if cancer or high blood pressure runs in your family so you can take precautionary measures early on
- It is imperative to be 100% honest with your physician. Although it might be embarrassing to talk openly about your sex life or your mental health, even how much you drink, it is important for your doctor to have all the facts about how you live your life
- Before you hit the waiting room, have a game plan for your doctor's visit, especially if it's just a routine check up. Doctor appointments are now shorter than ever, only 12 minutes to be exact, so be sure to maximize your time to the best of your ability
- If you are seeing your doctor because you have an ailment, don't skip any details. The smallest point might not seem like anything worth mentioning to you but could in actuality be a huge clue to help your doctor determine what is wrong
- Doctor lingo is confusing, so if you don't understand what you're being told, ask questions. Don't be afraid to demand extra hand holding if you are stumped by big words and or a diagnosis
- Never hesitate to ask for a second opinion. Doctors are under pressures from pharmaceutical and insurance companies to push certain drugs and sometimes their first impression isn't necessarily the best approach
- With so many different forms of alternative medicine at your fingertips, make sure you explore not only standardized practices, but natural remedies
Stay healthy and be sure to be good to yourself -- you only have one body so treat it with respect!