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Questions to Ask the Doctor at Your Yearly Checkup

By Genevieve Cunningham

Yearly checkups at the doctor are very important. When we're kids, we get checkups all the time. As we age, we slowly let this little habit fall by the wayside. If you're not regularly seeing your doctor, it's time to start. Of course, you may be wondering: What should I do and say to get my health on track? Luckily, the first step is to simply show up. And once you're there, there are some very simple things you can ask to help you move your health in the right direction. If you're finally going to take the plunge and make checkups a thing, take a look at these questions you should ask to get you started.

Are There Any Health Concerns?

When the doctor gives you a checkup, they'll look for anything concerning. They'll check your cholesterol and heart rate and a million other little issues within the body. While the doctor will likely tell you if there are any concerns, it's your job to take your health into your own hands. Ask the doctor whether you should be on the lookout for any particular problems. Ask if any of your numbers are borderline. Get informed about your own health so that you can make improvements.

What Can I Do to Improve My Health?

Once you know whether there are any current or potential issues at hand, ask what you can do to make improvements. Any kind of diet? Any particular exercise? Any special supplements? The doctor may be able to give you great advice for staying well. Advice that is specific to your body and your needs. Don't be afraid or ashamed to ask for help. The right advice can point you in an effective and lasting direction. 

What Should I Expect for My Age?

Though every person is different, there are certain concerns that tend to crop up in certain age groups. If you're over 50, you may need more regular screenings for cancer. If you're younger, you may be able to do without certain procedures. Ask the doctor what you can expect. Ask what kind of ailments you should be prepared for. The more you know, the better you can prepare, and the easier it will be to stay healthy long-term.

Getting yearly checkups is a good idea for everyone. Kids, adults, the elderly. Checkups are key to maintaining and even improving your health. Use these questions as a way to start your self-care routine, and get moving toward better health right away.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Glen Allen, Va.

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