Don’t put off seeing your doctor

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If the last time you saw a doctor was more than a year ago, you should probably schedule an appointment as soon as you finish reading this article. No matter how old or how young you are, getting regular care from your healthcare professional is important, and it could save your life.

Preventive medicine
Studies show that Hispanics often wait until they are sick or suffering from symptoms before they visit a doctor. Avoiding a problem is always better than treating it.

Your health shouldn’t be taken for granted. Even if you feel great, eat well and exercise regularly, only certain tests will determine if your cholesterol and blood pressure are under control.

Every state has a network of health centers that offer preventive and primary care even if you don’t have insurance. Click here to find a health center in your state.

Individual health is a family issue
As Hispanics, our lives are all about family. So if you feel more comfortable bringing someone in your family along to the doctor, you should! That person can also ask questions and help you remember what your doctor says. And if you’re trying to get someone else in your family to see a doctor, volunteer to go with them!

Be prepared for your visit
Doctors are busy and many of them have a lot of patients. That means you might only get a few minutes of undivided attention. To get the most out of your visit come prepared with questions you want to ask, make a list of your symptoms, bring your medications and know your family history. If you have relatives who are diabetic or have suffered heart disease, your doctor needs to know.

Your health is precious! So let a doctor help you take care of it.

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