When things are tough, people will often say, at least you still have your health. But if you don’t look after yourself, you might not have that either. Looking after your health is hard, and people often make a lot of mistakes. You need to pay extra attention to your health as you’re getting older but too many of us neglect it. If you wait until it’s too late, you could end up with health problems that could have been avoided. The only way to really be sure that you’re in good health is to avoid these common mistakes.
Not Having A Good Relationship With Your Doctor
Your doctor is obviously the best person to look after your health but when was the last time you saw yours? Most of us don’t see our doctor as often as we should but having a good relationship with them is essential if you want to stay fit and healthy. You should ask for your electronic health records on a regular basis so you know exactly what state your health is and you can be sure that you’re making sensible choices. One of the main reasons that people don’t visit their doctor enough is because they worry about wasting their time. Don’t let that stop you from going to see them if you think that there might be something wrong. It’s better to go and find out you’re fine than to neglect seeing them when you do have a health issue.
Neglecting Oral Health
People think that the worst thing that can happen if you don’t go to the dentist is a few cavities. That’s a big enough problem in itself but in reality, your oral health can have far reaching effects on the rest of the body. A lot of serious conditions including heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s have been linked to poor oral health. Next time you think about skipping out on the dentist, just think about that.
Stopping Medication Too Early
When you’ve got a health problem and you get medication for it, you take it until you feel better and then you stop, right? Wrong. The doctor will prescribe you a certain course of medication for a reason. Even if you feel better, that doesn’t mean that you’re completely cured. If you stop taking the medication early, your symptoms can easily return. If you’ve already taken medication once, it’ll be less effective the second time around and your health problems will start to get worse. Always take the full course of medication, no matter how well you feel and make sure you’re stopping medication safely, on the advice of your doctor.
The absolute worst thing you can do when you’re not feeling well is type your symptoms into Google. You’re only going to scare yourself into thinking that you’ve got something more serious than you have. If you start going down that road, you’ll end up making bad health decisions based on incorrect information. Always go to your doctor and don’t try to diagnose yourself.
Avoid these health mistakes and you’ll be able to stay happy and healthy for years to come.