Take Charge of Your Health
[dropcap]The[/dropcap] truth is that each of us are ultimately responsible and in charge of our own health. And there’s a big swing toward being proactive with it instead of reactive. Remember, being a proactive patient involves more than simply making an appointment with your doctor – although that’s a good start!
The single most important way that you can remain healthy is to be an active member of your health care team every day. Your lifestyle is the most controllable factor that influences your health.
Here’s a guide to being proactive:
Invest in programs to change unhealthy behavior such as smoking.
Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
Stay current on physicals, bloodwork and other routine procedures (such as colonoscopies) as recommended by your physician.
Never be afraid to get a second opinion.
A proactive patient is also an informed one. The more you know about your condition and the options for treatment, the better care you will receive. Be cautious in your research, though, and don’t believe everything you read on the internet!