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  • Writer's pictureTara Perrin

How to get the most out of traditional healthcare (part 1)

If you want to optimize your lab results with your primary care doctor, here are some tips:

  1. Schedule a regular check-up: It's important to have regular check-ups with your primary care doctor to monitor your health and catch any issues early on. During your check-up, your doctor will likely order lab tests based on your age, health status, and medical history. Ask for a deeper dive into the lab markers, because the usual panel is not going to optimize your health. I will include suggestions so follow to stay updated.

  2. Discuss your concerns: If you have specific concerns about your health, be sure to discuss them with your doctor. This will help them to tailor the lab tests to your individual needs and ensure that you get the most relevant information from your results.

  3. Follow pre-test instructions: Your doctor will likely give you specific instructions on how to prepare for your lab tests. Follow these instructions carefully to ensure the accuracy of your results. For example, you may need to fast for a certain period of time before the test, or avoid certain medications or supplements.

  4. Review your results: Once you receive your lab results, schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor to review them together. This will give you a chance to discuss any concerns or questions you have and work with your doctor to develop a plan of action based on the results.

  5. Make lifestyle changes: Depending on your lab results, your doctor may recommend making lifestyle changes to improve your health. This could include changes to your diet, exercise routine, or medication regimen. This is the hardest part and doctors don't have support for you to do this! I am here to help with that so fill out the application to work with me or follow this blog for more information.

By following these tips, you can work with your primary care doctor to optimize your lab results and improve your overall health. Remember, your doctor is your partner in healthcare, and by working together, you can achieve your health goals.

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