Making a Medical Appointment Isn’t Enough

by Brooke on June 11, 2013

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If you have a health concern what do you?  You, find a qualified (some people miss this part) health professional to answer questions and help improve your current situation.  Then, you set up an appointment and go visit said professional. 

The part after the appointment seems to be the biggest hurdle for most Americans.  Making an appointment to see your primary doctor, dentist, gynecologist, optometrist, registered dietitian, etc is wonderful!  BUT you have to be ready to use their advice and begin to help yourself or the appointment was worthless. 

If you find yourself making an appointment just “because the doctor said to,” you are not going to be on the road to health town anytime soon.  You have to want to make the healthy behavior change!  Practicing healthy behaviors takes a lot of work!  This is true even for me and I live, eat, exercise, and breathe this profession. 

I once had a gentleman come in for an appointment and he mentioned that he was making the rounds to see all the health professionals his doctor told him to see for his diabetes, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia.  Yes, he followed the doctor’s orders and made all the necessary appointments. However, when he showed up for them he wasn’t ready to take action and start working on the suggested healthy changes.  He thought just by making the appointments and showing up his health would start to improve.  Unfortunately, it takes more effort than that.

If you go visit your optometrist and get a new prescription, but always forget to put on your new reading glasses to work/read the glasses aren’t going to help.  If you go to see a doctor and get a new glucose monitoring machine and don’t check your blood sugars it will be hard to tell if you are consuming the right amount carbohydrate at each meal.  Similarly, if you go to see a registered dietitian and are not ready to start following a healthy eating pattern, still skip breakfast, or continue try the next crazy thing Dr. Oz is pedaling you won’t be able to reach your weight loss goals anytime soon. 

When you are ready to make a lifestyle change to improve your health, make an appointment, and after you put in some effort you will be on your way to a healthier you!

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