Be your own Health Advocate
Saturday, February 11, 2012
At 27, I never really thought that I would have to be worrying about my health. It seems now a bit naive to think that youth is a magic shield from germs, disorders, and calories.
Last week, I had a physical from my GP. To be honest, if my work didn't think it was required by OSHA, I really wouldn't have gone, unless my leg/arm/ear was falling off. It turns out, however, that I have an underactive thryoid. Although the levels at the moment are not actionable, according to the GP, the type that I have (an autoimmune hypothyroiditis) could evolve or complicate a million other things for my body.
My family has a long history of autoimmune diseases. As my sister and I haven't shown any symptoms of the diseases that side of our family had, we haven't really been watching for any other possibilities. Autoimmune diseases are not hereditary in their presentation, but the propensity to have an autoimmune is.
To make sure it isn't anything serious or needing medication at the moment, I'll be going to a specialist to check that other things aren't out of whack. There have been some serious health issues in the family history and it would be irresponsible not to check.
In this day and age, it is easy to appease ourselves with one doctor's decision, a WebMD diagnosis, or message board home remedy, it is still very important to protect your health if you think there is more to do. .... whatever your age.