(THE NOURISHED EPICUREAN) Kathryn Matthews, March 9, 2016 —Then you go for your annual physical (and, hopefully, you schedule one!), do you ask your doctor for a copy of your lab work? If you’re even vaguely concerned about your heart health, do you know your numbers?
Or…is the following scenario more likely?
When a lawyer friend in his late 40s told me that his doctor had contacted him about the results of his physical, my curiosity was piqued (given what I do), and I pressed him for specifics. “I don’t know what my cholesterol or anything is,” he said. “My doctor didn’t say anything was wrong—and I didn’t ask. He just told me that I’ve gained 10 pounds since my last physical a year ago,” he confessed, a development that resonated with (and upset) him.
This reaction is all too common; I see it all the time in my practice.
Most of us assume: “I’m healthy—unless my doctor tells me otherwise.”
But this assumption can be detrimental to your health.