Ways to Extend Time Between Doctor Visits

We as a nation tend to seek reactive care from the doctors versus proactive.  A while ago, my husband was doubled over in pain. He had been having issues with his abdomen and he finally reached a point where it was unbearable. He went to the ER only to discover that he had to have his gall bladder removed.

Unfortunately, my husband isn’t on an island by himself when it comes to his hesitancy to seek proactive care. I was reading a study that shows that women go to the doctor twice as much as men. The reason for this is vast and we surely do not have enough time or space in this blog to address that, but here are a few reasons as to why people, in general, tend to shy away from the doctor:

1. Finances: Healthcare is a hot button issue in this country. It is super expensive and most people don’t want the influx of doctor bills that come along with those visits. The sad part is however, the longer you wait, the more it’s probably going to cost.

2. Pain: We tend to stay away from those things that cause us pain and most people associate the doctor with just that.

3. Time: Going to the doctor not only costs us money in doctor bills, but we also have to take time off from work in order to get there.

4. The Internet: Before the Internet, we listened to, who I like to call, “Mama & ‘nem.” We used age-old home remedies and a lot of those remedies actually worked for some things but they don’t work for everything. Self-diagnosing can do more damage than good.

5. Fear: People tend to fear going to the doctor for several reasons. They fear everything from needles to bad news to the bill.

 

All of these reasons listed above make sense and are understandable in terms of being a bit hesitant to go to the doctor, but as much as I can sympathize with people who may feel this way, NONE of these are an excuse to avoid the doctor all-together. It is so important to get your yearly check-ups and make sure everything is in working order. Within that time span of a year however, there are some things we can do ourselves to make sure that the outcome of our doctor visits is positive and that our once a year physical is the only time we need to step foot into that doctor’s office.  Here’s a list of things you can do to extend your time between doctor’s visits:

1. Don’t smoke and drink…well duh! This also includes vaping. 

2. Don’t take medicine/pills for every single pain you have. Sometimes it’s okay to ride out the pain and not pop an ibuprofen for every little ailment you may experience.

3. Eat well-balanced meals – All of your meals should have a healthy balance of macronutrients (protein, fat, carbs), including fiber, which is found in your healthy carbs like sweet potatoes and apples.

4. Exercise – I’ve mentioned before how our lymphatic system takes in the bacteria that shouldn’t be in our bodies. When your lymph nodes get swollen, that’s why. The best way to release these toxins is to exercise.

5. Practice good hygiene – So many diseases begin in our mouths. Hygienically speaking, the mouth is the most disgusting thing on your body.  You can develop cardiovascular issues just because you’re not properly cleansing your mouth. This is a must!

6. Proper sleep – This is more important than the food you eat and the exercise you get.  Your body needs rest. As you’re resting, there are organs that are repairing themselves and getting all of that junk out so that it can be prepared for the next day. But if you’re not sleeping properly, your body doesn’t have the energy that it needs to perform those functions.

7. Be positive – When you worry about things you do not add years onto your life, the bible says so (Luke 12:25). In fact studies show those who worry live shorter lives Your organs house your emotions. Dr. Caroline Leaf, a neuroscientist, shows a graph of what the brain goes through when it’s having a negative and positive thought and our brain honestly changes. So could it be that we’re bringing illness upon ourselves?

 

As you can see, there are so many things we can do to be proactive with our health. Doing so will make going to the doctor a less traumatic experience. At the end of the day, no one is going to care for you like you can, so make sure you’re doing your part and performing these 7 steps consistently.

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People also fear the pain caused by testing and treatments, and contracting diseases and infections from other patients in the clinic and hospital.

It’s important to regularly consult your physician even if you think you are completely healthy. Just because there aren’t any visible symptoms it doesn’t mean you are in perfect health. Preliminary tests can help diagnose conditions like high cholesterol and high blood pressure that don’t show any obvious signs.

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