Re­mem­ber your ul­ti­mate goal.

Diabetic Living (USA) - - Doctor’s Orders -

Be­ing an en­gaged pa­tient takes some time and ef­fort.

But with ev­ery­thing you do in life—mak­ing sure the bills get paid, car­ing for fam­ily and pets, of­fer­ing neigh­bors a help­ing hand—don’t you de­serve to fo­cus on your­self once in a while? Medicine shouldn’t be a spec­ta­tor sport, says Sands. “It’s much bet­ter prac­ticed as a par­tic­i­pa­tory sport. You will feel more in con­trol. You don’t have to feel like things are be­ing done to you; rather with you and by your choice. You’ll have less anx­i­ety and bet­ter health.” You’ll also likely save money and avoid er­rors. With ris­ing costs and an ever-more-com­pli­cated med­i­cal sys­tem, says Sands, pa­tients are go­ing to play a big­ger role in de­ter­min­ing our own well­ness goals, and light­ing the path to get there. And who bet­ter to do it? While health care providers are ex­perts in medicine, we are the best ex­perts on our­selves.

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