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As someone who doesn't go to the doctor very often, I realized that I didn't even have a main primary care provider. Unfortunately, when I was involved in a car accident, all of my specialists asked me who I normally worked with, and I didn't have an answer. I started looking for a great primary care doctor, and I was able to find a specialist that really understood what I needed. He helped me to manage all of my conditions, and I was really happy with how much of a difference he made for my general health. Check out this blog for more information.

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Finally On The Other Side Of 40? 4 Steps To A Thorough Physical Exam

by Edward White

Now that you're over 40, it's time to start taking your health seriously. Hitting midlife brings new health issues that you might not have thought about. Even if you've spent your life avoiding the doctor up to this point, you can't do that anymore. To make sure you get the most out of your physical exams, here are four things you should do to prepare for your appointment.

Bring a Notepad with You

When you go in for your physical exam, you might not remember all the questions you wanted to ask. Unfortunately, that can cause you to miss the opportunity to receive vital information about your health. It can also prevent your doctor from getting the big picture about your physical condition. To make sure you're able to remember all the questions you need to ask, start writing things down on a notepad. Bring the notepad with you to your doctors appointment. The notepad will help refresh your memory, and give you a place to write down important information you receive from your doctor.

Know Your Family Medical History

When you go in for your physical exam, there will be quite a bit of paperwork for you to fill out. Part of the paperwork will include your family medical history. If you're not sure about your personal history, now's the time to start gathering the information you'll need to help your doctor care for your medical needs. Some of the information you'll need will include information regarding any serious illnesses that might run in the family, such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Talk About the Embarrassing Topics

When you sit down with your doctor, there may be topics that you don't want to discuss, especially those embarrassing topics like urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and bowel disorders. While those may be embarrassing for you to discuss, they're vitally important for your well-being. Don't jeopardize your health by avoiding those delicate topics. Instead, write down your concerns, and address them one at a time.

Don't Pass on the Necessary Testing

Once you turn 40, there are some tests you'll need to start having. Don't pass on those necessary tests. If you're a male, you'll need to have your prostate examined. If you're a female, you'll need to prepare for your first mammogram. Regardless of whether you're a male or a female, you'll need to prepare for your first colo-rectal exam. These exams are crucial in detecting cancer in its early stages.

Don't take chances with your health. Now that you're over 40, it's time to get serious with your physical exams. Talk to your doctor about steps you can take to keep yourself healthy.    

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