One of the best investments you can make is to take care of your health. Do it now before the cost goes out of sight. In fact, you may not even be able to get the care you need if the government decides you are too old or the money spent is not a good investment. If the US goes to socialized medicine, it could takes months just to get an appointment for routine care or to diagnose a problem. That’s the experience others have who live in countries with socialized medicine such as Canada. Medical visits may be hard to get in the future, so take the opportunity to disclose everything about your health to ensure that you get the best treatment for you condition.
No doubt, health care in the United States is getting very expensive. Inflation is near zero for everyday items according to government reports, but it’s out of sight for health care. Costs have gone up 5% to 25% each year over the recent past. There are actually fewer doctors and more patients, mainly because of retiring baby boomers. Trying to find a doctor that you can trust and one willing to take your particular insurance is getting more difficult. Routine appointments can takes weeks or even months.
When you finally get to see your doctor, it’s important to be as honest as possible about any medical issues you’re having. It’s your doctor’s job to ask you personal questions. How much you stress, drink, smoke, poop, or exercise are all questions asked to help evaluate your health. You may find it embarrassing or tempting to lie about dieting or how much over-the-counter medications you might be taking but the reality is that lying about it can interfere with getting proper medical treatment and potentially jeopardize your health.
Your doctor needs to have a clear picture of what your daily routine and habits are to be able to provide the best possible treatment. Here is a list of five issues you should never lie to your doctor about:
It doesn’t matter what age, daily exercise is important for good health. Exercising can help prevent chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease. It can help strengthen your body and help boost your mental health. Your level of health can help guide your doctor manage certain health conditions. It’s important to be honest with your doctor about how much you exercise.
You should tell your doctor about your diet. It’s important to be honest about what you eat and how much you consume. Your diet could affect chronic health issues and your prescribed medications. Certain foods may interfere with certain medications which could potentially lead to side effects.
Let your doctor know how often you smoke, even it’s minimal. Smoking affects your whole body and weakens your immune system. Everyone knows that smoking increases the risk of many types of cancers and it raises serious health issues like diabetes and heart disease. Telling your doctor will help determine care and perhaps create an opportunity to quit if you decide to do so.
Let your doctor know the truth about how much alcohol you consume. Heavy drinking can increase your risk of developing chronic health issues including liver disease, heart disease, cancer, and alcoholism. Too much drinking can damage your immune system and contribute to mood and sleeping disorders. Mixing alcohol and medications can interfere with treatment. Be honest about how much you drink so the righ treatment plan can be implemented.
Over-the-Counter Medication and Supplements
You need to be open with your doctor about all the medications you’re taking, both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Also let your doctor know about any vitamins or dietary supplements you take, including “herbal” or “natural” ones. This is important because some products can have a negative effect on others, changing the way they work or causing dangerous side effects. Review everything you take, including medications prescribed by other doctors.
It’s very important to be completely honest when talking to your doctor about daily habits. It’s important to be clear and honest about health concerns and symptoms as well. Telling the truth about your symptoms can point your doctor in the right direction and determine the best treatment. Ask questions if you don’t understand your treatment plan. Treatment plans are only effective if you truly understand and follow through every day. Make a list of questions ahead of time and don’t be afraid to cover everything on your list before wrapping up your appointment. If something doesn’t feel right, be sure to ask questions before you leave the office.
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