Friday, May 5, 2017

5 Questions to Ask Your Doc

Now that you’ve committed to staying sober, there’s no better time to take charge of your overall health. Your annual checkup is a great starting point, so be sure to make an appointment this spring. And bring along these questions to ensure you have a productive conversation with your doctor.

1. What screenings do I need at my age? Depending on your sex and age, there are a variety of preventative screenings that should be part of your health checklist. Some common ones:
  • Diabetes/blood sugar testing
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
  • BMI (body mass index)
  • Bone health 
2. What should I be doing to prevent illness? For example, you may discuss any immunizations like flu, shingles or pneumonia, in addition to using sunscreen to protect against skin cancer or taking aspirin to ward off a heart attack.

3. Am I eating right? Years of addiction can deplete you body of vital nutrients, so you may have some specific nutritional needs in order to stay healthy and reduce your risk of chronic conditions. Work with your doctor to come up with an eating plan that's right for your health and sober lifestyle. 

4. Should I exercise more often? Regular exercise is a surefire way to keep your mind and body healthy – and to safeguard your recovery. Talk with your doctor about a comprehensive exercise program that includes aerobic exercise and strength training.

5. What other doctors do I need to see? You may need to see a few more specialists to complete your good-health picture. For example, you’ll need annual visits with the dentist and eye doctor. Discuss any other potential health problems with your doctor to see if a referral to a specialist makes sense. For example, if you’re experiencing depression or anxiety, you may need an appointment with a mental health professional.

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