5 Key Questions You Should Ask Your General Practitioner


by Adam Torkildson

Do you visit your healthcare provider every year? Recommendations for the timing of routine checkups depends on your personal health status. At the age of 50, most practitioners suggest that you begin having checkups every year.

Regular checkups help to maintain your wellness. This also helps you develop a relationship with your practitioner. It's important to ask your general practitioner questions during your visit.

5 Key Questions to Ask Your General Practitioner

Everyone seems so busy today. You're busy. Your doctor is busy.

Do not let this keep you from asking questions. When you sit down with your doctor this is your chance to discuss your health concerns.

This may only happen once a year. Make the most of the visit.

Having a list helps you organize your questions so that you don't take up extra time with the physician. The list also makes sure that you don't forget to ask a question.

Never hesitate to ask questions. At BroadgateGP, your health and wellness are the biggest concerns. Here is a list of questions to get you started.

1. What Do You Need to Do to Improve Your Health?

Ask specific questions about diet, exercise, and other concerns to help you make a plan. Your General Practitioner (GP) can help you identify your positive behaviors. The changes don't always involve major changes.

2. What Foods or Medications Should Be Avoided with Your Medications?

Some foods or medications interact with other medications. Be sure that you tell your doctor about all medications you take. This includes over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements.

Many foods interfere with the effects of medications. One common food interaction involves grapefruit and cholesterol medication.  

It’s also important to understand the side effects you need to watch for. Ask the doctor when you should call about side effects.

3. Do You Need to Change Any Medications?

Make sure that you discuss all the medications that you are taking with your physician. Discuss the benefits and/or side effects you are experiencing with your medications. The doctor will not know if medications are helping or causing problems unless you tell them.

This knowledge will help the physician make the appropriate changes to your medication. This allows you to achieve maximum results from your medication routine.

4. Do Supplements Help Your Condition?

One report states that over half of people take dietary supplements. Some or all of these supplements may not provide any health benefits. Some supplements may actually be harmful or interfere with your healthcare plan.

Many supplements have no oversight or regulation. You must be careful to ensure that you buy a product that contains what it advertises. You may be wasting your money as well.

5. Do You Need Any Vaccinations?

Vaccinations aren’t only for children. Adults need to receive periodic vaccinations as well. Certain medical conditions also increase the importance of having vaccinations.

Your doctor can tell you which vaccinations are recommended for you at that time. If the vaccinations are not available at the physician’s office, they can tell you where to get them.

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We discuss the science behind staying physically fit and healthy. If you found this article about questions to ask your General Practitioner helpful, continue browsing through our site. Visit our FAQ now to answer your questions about health and fitness.




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