The best patient/doctor relationships are those where the patient feels comfortable asking his or her doctor any question and the doctor is happy and genuinely committed to answer any question. Better health starts with knowledge, and these questions are helpful for women when it comes to maintaining their health.
- If I am recently divorced and dating, should I be tested for sexually transmitted diseases? This question is so important because, in the last decade, there has been an increase in chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis among 45-64 year olds.
- Is my weight within a healthy range? As women age, it becomes harder to manage weight. If you have gained weight, your doctor may check you for diabetes or thyroid issues, or he/she may recommend a weight loss plan.
- When should I have screenings, such as mammogram, pap smear, osteoporosis and others, done? Each of these screenings, and more, should be on your radar. They're necessary for early detection.
- How do I know if I have started menopause? As women age, their bodies change in many ways. Menopause may increase your risk for heart disease.
- How do I know if I am depressed? Sadness, loneliness, and losing interest in doing things can be signs of depression. Thyroid disease may play a part in depression.
These are just a couple of questions you should be aware of when it comes to your health and well being. Being proactive is a great gift to yourself.