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Health Tip: Preparing for Your Next Checkup
Update your family's health history
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
(HealthDay News) -- To get the most from your medical checkups, make sure you're prepared before you visit your doctor.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions:
- Update your family health history to include any new health problems among close relatives.
- Create a list of any recent symptoms, issues or questions for your doctor. Topics may include changes in eating or sleep habits, or recent symptoms of depression or anxiety.
- Think about your future, and discuss any health-related issues or changes with your doctor. Such issues may include quitting smoking or losing weight, etc.