|Your checkup checklist|
How often do you leave your doctor’s office only to remember a question you had for him or her a half hour later? All too often, you never bother to find out the answer—and that could have important implications for your well-being.
The handy list that follows includes some important questions you may want to ask your physician at your next checkup.About your disease risks
About your medications
- What is my risk for heart disease?
- What is my blood pressure? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What are my cholesterol numbers? Do I need to do anything about them?
- What is my blood sugar level? Am I at risk for pre-diabetes or diabetes? How can I control my blood sugar?
- What screening tests for cancer do I need?
- What screening tests for other diseases or conditions (glaucoma, macular degeneration, arthritis) do I need? Will my insurance cover them?
- How often should I return for checkups?
- How can I tell whether I’m having a heart attack? What should I do?
- How can I tell whether I’m having a stroke or a mini-stroke? What should I do?
About your general health
- Can I take the generic form of this medication?
- When will it begin taking effect?
- What are the drug’s side effects?
- Will I feel different?
- Under what circumstances should I call you?
- What should I do if I forget to take my medicine?
- Do I need to take any precautions? Avoid alcohol or certain foods? Avoid driving?
- How long will I need to take this medicine?
- Do I still need to take my existing medication(s)? Why?
About office matters
- How much physical activity do I need?
- Do I need to lose weight for my health? How much?
- What’s a smart eating plan for me?
- Do I need to restrict salt?
- What foods should I avoid?
- What foods should I eat?
- How can I quit smoking?
- When is the best time to call your office?
- Whom should I speak with if you’re not available?
- What is the phone number for after-hours calls or emergencies?