Make doc­tor’s vis­its easy

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - HEALTH -

PRE­PAR­ING for a doc­tor’s ap­point­ment doesn’t have to be an un­due bur­den.

The US Na­tional In­sti­tute on Age­ing sug­gests how to make the most of your time at the doc­tor’s of­fice:

Do not lie to your doc­tor when he or she asks about your diet, ex­er­cise or al­co­hol use.

Come up with a few im­por­tant ques­tions .to ask.

De­scribe any med­i­cal is­sue suc­cinctly, since the doc­tor may be on a very tight sched­ule.

Speak freely about the visit. If you feel rushed, wor­ried or un­com­fort­able, say so.

Ac­cept that he or she may not be able to an­swer ev­ery ques­tion im­me­di­ately. – New York Times

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