As a woman ages, there are several health concerns that her doctor needs to be made aware of. This is why it is imperative that there be a good open line of communication between the woman and the doctor. Many senior women feel as though when they go to the doctor that he or she should be asking the important questions. The doctor will ask important questions, no doubt about that, but there are questions that the woman needs to be asking in order to be diligent about her health.
1. What types of supplements do you recommend that I take?
Sometimes taking a multivitamin for aging is fine, while other times this is not giving the woman all the nutrition that she needs. For senior women, they may find that taking some type of hormones can help with their overall health as well. These are all things that your doctor needs to discuss with you to ensure that she or he is aware of what you are putting into your body.
2. If you are gaining weight, you need to question this with your doctor.
Many senior women will find that no matter what they do, they are gaining weight. Weight gain can be a sign that there is something seriously wrong in the body that needs to be corrected before it gets out of hand. If you have not changed your diet or your physical activity level, then ask your doctor what is causing your weight gain.
3. How is my heart?
Heart problems in women over fifty is one of the main reasons that women develop health issues. It is important to stay on top of your heart health and this can be achieved through consistently questioning your heart performance. This will allow your doctor to discuss any concerns they may be having and give recommendations.
4. Do I have menopause?
Many women find it hard to ask this question, even if they are showing signs of this. This is usually due to the horror stories she has heard about this stage of her life. However, if you start showing signs, ask if you are indeed in menopause, or if this is the stages before menopause. Knowing if you are can make a huge difference in how you deal with this.
5. Is my physical activity level okay or can I add certain physical activities to my regimen?
It is important to talk to your doctor about any changes you plan on making when it comes to your physical fitness plan. Though, many women do not do this. There are certain activities that your doctor may warn against since it can lead to an increased risk of injury or it could cause certain problems to flare up. It is also important to discuss whether your physical level can be changed or if it needs to be lessened.
When you see your doctor, be sure that you are on top of your health. Through asking questions you can discover more than if you were to wait for the doctor to address it.