3 Questions To Ask Your Doctor During Your Physical

March 8, 2014

3 Questions To Ask Your Doctor During Your PhysicalGetting an annual physical will alert an individual as well as their physician of any changes that may be occurring in their body. Most changes will be normal and a natural part of the aging process. Other changes can signify problems that the doctor may want to investigate with further tests. Either way, questions will most often be asked that will address specific concerns. If a person is in good health and nothing seems to be amiss, common questions often center around what needs to be done to keep things going smoothly.

What Yearly Screenings Are Needed?

As a person ages, there are increased risks associated with various types of illnesses. Men must be concerned with prostate issues, hypertension and bone density. Prostate screenings are extremely important if a man has a family history of prostate cancer. For women, the same is true for breast and ovarian cancers. Getting an annual mammogram can detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. High blood pressure, hypertension and cholesterol levels are things that both men and women should have checked on a regular basis.

Should There Be Any Concern About Weight?

As a person ages, their weight can begin to fluctuate. An increase in weight can be due to a decrease in physical activity, while a substantial drop in weight can be due to either a chronic illness or the body’s inability to utilize the nutrients it receives through the diet. Dramatic changes in weight can be caused by health problems. During a physical, it’s beneficial to inform the doctor of any changes in lifestyle that could lead to a drastic change in weight. For example, someone who has recently gained several pounds may be able to attribute it to a decrease in activity caused by early retirement. In other cases, the change may be much harder to explain and tests may be needed to discover the cause. Elderly individuals may suffer from varying degrees of malnutrition as their digestive system begins to slow down and become sluggish. Foods aren’t broken down properly and nutrients aren’t absorbed as efficiently as when they were younger.

Should Supplements Be Considered?

Should Supplements Be ConsideredWhen a person’s digestive system weakens or their lifestyle undergoes a dramatic change, supplements may be needed to help them maintain good health. The onset of chronic illnesses can lead to the need for excessive amounts of specific nutrients. When massive amounts of nutrients are needed to maintain health, supplying them with the diet can be almost impossible. Supplements can be purchased in single or combination forms, depending on the needs of the person. For example, a person who needs to add more niacin to their diet can supplement just that one nutrient, or they can opt for a Vitamin B Complex that includes the complete line of B vitamins. Supplements can be found in capsule, tablet or liquid form. Meal replacement shakes are also a good way to incorporate supplements into the diet, especially for individuals who have a difficult time taking capsules or tablets.

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Becky Flanigan has lived near the beach since she was a kid. She gave up on surfing a while back, but enjoys walking the beach just as much as ever. Becky always enjoys the challenge of a new writing assignment.

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