Getting the most out of your checkup

Chances are, you and your doctor come together each year as part of an annual rite known as the checkup — or what some call the annual wellness visit.

It’s a chance to have a non-urgent conversation about your health and any risk factors you need to address or watch for. Depending on your age and health status, your doctor may have some tests in mind.

You can make the most out of your checkup with a little planning, to make sure you can squeeze in any questions or concerns within the time allotted to your visit.

Here are a few tips:

  • Write down your questions before you leave the house and bring them to your visit.
  • Consider bringing someone with you if you think you might need an advocate.
  •  Bring your health records, including the list of medications you’re on — especially if you’re meeting with a new physician or someone you haven’t seen in a long while.
  • Bring up any symptoms or significant changes in your life, such as the death of a loved one.
  • Ask about your numbers: blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, weight, etc.
  • Ask what types of screenings you might need at this stage of your life.
  • Get any needed immunizations.

You can read more about making the most out of your checkup at University Health System’s Health Library.

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