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Questions You Should Always Ask Your Doctor After Age 40

Questions You Should Always Ask Your Doctor After Age 40
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By    |   Tuesday, 28 May 2019 11:35 AM

Nobody likes going to see the doctor, which is why a typical appointment entails a few quick questions, a brief exam, and perhaps a prescription scrawled out in indecipherable handwriting.

Many doctors are in the habit of ushering their patients out the door, and we couldn’t be happier to leave, but certain conversations need to start taking place in the doctor's rooms as we age. As Best Life noted, there are important questions you should be asking your doctor after the age of 40. We look at 15 of those questions you should ask your doctor:

1. How often should I be getting checkups?

The general recommendation is that people in their 40s visit the doctor for a checkup once every other year but certain risk factors may mean more frequent visits. It is best to ask your doctor.

2. Is my digestive health okay? 

As we get older, our digestive system starts to slow down, leading to digestive issues like bloating, constipation and acid reflux. Something simple like upping your fiber intake could solve that, but you need to ask a medical professional.

3. What can I do to improve my gut health? 

This question is right up there with asking your doctor how your digestive health is. What many people don't realize is that our overall health has a lot to do with our gut health so having your gut function tested is more important than you may think.

4. How does my family history affect my health? 

Many health issues are genetic and as we age it becomes increasingly important to pay attention to this. From heart disease to diabetes and cancer, you need to be aware of the conditions that run in your family.

5. What screenings should I go for? 

There are countless screenings to be had but you will save time, money and your health by determining exactly which tests you need as you age.

6. What supplements do I need? 

When we were younger, we could get away with skipping the multivitamins but it is a good idea to supplement our diets as we get older. Nutritional needs change with age.

7. How much exercise should I be getting? 

Exercise is important for good health and while experts recommend adults get moving for between two to five hours a week, depending on intensity, this is dependent on many factors including fitness level and health conditions. Check in with your doctor before embarking upon a new fitness regime.

8. What exercise should I be doing? 

Once you have determined how much exercise you should be getting, the next step is figuring out what types of exercise you should be doing according to your current health status. Factors such as previous injuries, fitness level and personal preference all come into play and it is important to chat to your doctor to establish what activities are best according to your body’s requirements.

9. How is my blood sugar? 

The prevalence of diabetes increases among people in their 40s so it is recommended that people over the age of 40 are screened for type 2 diabetes regularly.

10. Why am I feeling down and out? 

You may have gone your whole life without ever suffering from depression but that can change with age. Studies show that people between 45 and 64 are more likely to develop depression so if you have been feeling down it is best to check in with your doctor.

11. How is my diet? 

A bad diet will eventually catch up to you and if you have neglected this aspect of your life, related health issues may start to arise from as young as 40. Overhauling your diet can help counteract diet related health conditions so ask your doctor what your diet should look like.

12. How often should I be screened for breast cancer? 

Prevention is better than cure and catching breast cancer early could save your life. Women between 45 and 54 should be screened every year but factors such as family history may mean more frequent checks.

13. How often should I be screened for prostate cancer? 

At least one in nine men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime so it is best to check in with your doctor to establish just how often you need to be screened in order to determine how much at risk you are of the disease.

14. Am I overweight? 

Weighing more than you should puts you at risk of life-threatening conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Nobody likes to hear that they are overweight but it is a good idea to know your weight so that you can start to make healthy lifestyle changes.

15. Should I be tested for STDs? 

The rate of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among older adults is higher than we like to think and this is largely because most don't get screened or treated. It is best to bring it up with your doctor.

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