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Step 12, why your doctor is your friend.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

You don't know how bad your body is unless you get a medical checkup. There could be reasons why you may not be able to lose, gain, or maintain your weight as easily as others, but you'll never know if you never go into a doctor's office. Not all doctors will be as good for you as others. Some may blame your issues on your weight instead of blaming your weight on your issues. Find the doctor that will listen to you and not dismiss you because of your weight. It may take going to a couple of different doctors before you find the right match for you.

I believe that abnormal weight is a symptom of deeper issues and not the other way around.

Your weight issues may be as simple as an emotional issue, but many people also suffer from other issues of the body, such as hormone imbalances, vitamin deficiencies, or a sensitivity to certain foods.

You may be doing all the things right for your body with diet and exercise, but if something else is off, you may find it harder to lose the weight. Simple bloodwork will be able to tell you if you're in balance.

Tell your doctor what you're trying to do and see if you can get all the proper tests done that will tell you if you're healthy. You should have your hormones checked, your cholesterol, and I even suggest doing the extra tests to see if your vitamins are in balance. If you're feeling chronically tired, your hair is falling out, you're having skin issues or you seem to be having symptoms of allergies, they may be vitamin related.

I had to ask my doctor specifically for a vitamin D test because I was chronically tired, even two naps a day were not giving me the energy to make it through the day and that is not helpful when one has to run around after little ones to make sure they're not hurting themselves and needing to be fed.

Many people who are overweight are vitamin deficient. They're eating plenty of processed foods which have few nutrients and many of the nutrients listed on the processed foods are not from natural sources and do not absorb into the body as well as if you had gotten them from fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and protein sources.

You may be diabetic and not even know it until you end up at the ER. 8.3% of people in the U.S. are diabetic and the 18.8 million people do not know it. You don't want to go too long not knowing if you are or you could end up losing your vision, your limbs or your life. The feeling of chronic dehydration is just one of the symptoms of diabetes.

When you get those baseline tests done to begin with, then you'll have a starting point to go off of the next time you go in for your annual physical. You may be surprised at where your levels are today, but I know that you will be able to go forth with the knowledge of what your body is doing and what you can do to help it get healthier. Even some of the healthiest people will find that their levels will get better after a year of taking care of your body.

My cholesterol was within normal parameters to begin with, but even mine dropped a few points to make for a better cholesterol ratio after the first year.

Don't forget to go back if you ever feel pain. It may be as simple as a sprain, but it could be something broken. Don't let pain go too long or you may take longer to heal than if you went back to the doctor for a second opinion on what ails you. You want to heal properly when you break something. If you don't heal properly, you may never get back to the 100% you were at to begin with.

You need to know what your body is doing inside so that you can go forth with the ability to take care of it the best you can. You don't really know what's going on inside without taking a few tests that only your doctor can order. Once you have your information, then you will be able to optimize your diet and exercise.

Only your doctor can help you figure you out inside and out.

Today's Holidays: Muppet Show Day (U.K.), Jesse James Birthday and Be Late for Something Day (but I suggest not your doctor's appointment or they'll cancel your appointment).
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  • BRENDA_G50
    I am so grateful that I have a wonderful doctor that actually LISTENS. It's nice to have one that is willing to work with you, instead of just rushing you through so they can see their next patient. Also, if he doesn't know the answer to my health problem, he is willing to refer me to a specialist that can find the answer. We should all have doctors that actually care.

    Thanks again for your wonderful series of steps we can follow to have a healthier life.

    1687 days ago
    I give myself the gift of a checkup every year near my birthday. Doing it near my birthday reminds me annually to schedule my appointments. This year I had the Dr. visit, blood tests, mammogram, and even a Colonoscopy (which I will not need again for another ten years). Happy to report that I am in great shape! And, as a bonus, I even got my flu shot!
    We all need to take responsibility for our own health and our own bodies. They are the only ones we get, so best to care for them.
    1687 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/6/2013 1:33:57 AM
  • FRAN0426
    Doctors really like when their patients have started doing exercise and a healthy diet. It is best to check with them before starting an exercise routine to mske sure you are able to begin exercising. I say one of my doctors last week, my Endocrinologist, she said everything seems good. She specfically asked about my exercising. I told I haven't been to the gym lately with moving, then having another medical problem flair up--just mostly walking. She said make sure I get back to gym (or the one here in our building). She even said, start out slowly again and add more time, so that is the goal.
    1687 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Great advice! emoticon
    1687 days ago
    This entry is SO true. I just had blood work done last week, and although the results are ugly... it gives me something to work toward.

    Have a great day!

    1688 days ago
    It is so important to have your physician on your side, and give you the ok for food and fitness program.
    1688 days ago
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