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Tips for Getting Information

Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:

  • Bring someone with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask. They may also be able to give more details.
  • Write down your questions so do you do not forget them.
  • Write down the answers you get and make sure you understand what you are hearing.
  • Ask for help if you need it. Do not be afraid to ask questions or ask where you can find more information. You have a right to know.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

About Metabolic Syndrome
  • What is metabolic syndrome?
  • Am I at risk of developing metabolic syndrome?
  • What should I do to avoid developing metabolic syndrome?
  • Are there any medicines to prevent or to treat metabolic syndrome?
  • What are the complications of metabolic syndrome?
  • What are the risk factors of metabolic syndrome?
  • Are my children at risk of metabolic syndrome? How is the diagnosis made?
About Obesity and Weight Loss
  • What is my weight? Am I considered overweight or obese?
  • What should my target weight be?
  • What is my waist size? Can it affect my health?
  • What are the health risks linked with being overweight?
  • How can I lose weight?
  • Are there any weight loss programs you would recommend?
  • Are there any medicines I can take that would help me lose weight?
  • Are there any support groups you could recommend to help me lose weight?
  • Are there other medical conditions that could cause excess weight? Should I see a specialist to rule out other causes?
  • What if I cannot lose all the weight I need to lose?
About Heart Disease
  • What is heart disease?
  • How will having heart disease affect me?
  • Can this condition be reversed? Or will it affect me for the rest of my life?
  • Are there any limits on my activities if I have heart disease?
  • How can I tell if the disease worsens?
  • Can medicines improve my condition?
  • What lifestyle changes should I make?
  • What are the warning signs for heart disease?
About Diabetes
  • What is diabetes?
  • How will having diabetes affect me? Why is it important for me to control it?
  • Will I have diabetes forever?
  • Will I need to take insulin? Will I have to give myself shots?
  • How often do I need to test my blood for sugar levels?
  • Are there any medicines I can take to treat or prevent diabetes?
  • What are the side effects of these medicines?
  • What are the warning signs for diabetes?
  • What is prediabetes?
About Blood Pressure
  • What is my blood pressure?
  • What is an optimal blood pressure for me?
  • What is white coat hypertension?
  • What is high blood pressure?
  • How will having high blood pressure affect me?
  • What can I do to lower my blood pressure?
  • Are there any medicines I can take to lower my blood pressure?
  • What are the side effects of these medicines?
  • How often should I have my blood pressure checked?
  • How does the salt in my diet affect my blood pressure?
About Cholesterol
  • What is my cholesterol profile?
  • Can you explain what the numbers from my cholesterol profile mean?
  • What are the risks of unhealthy levels of cholesterol?
  • How can I lower my cholesterol?
  • Can medicines lower my cholesterol?
  • What are the side effects of these medicines?
  • Will I have to take these medicines for the rest of my life?
  • What else can I do to lower my cholesterol?
  • How often should I have my cholesterol checked?
About Stroke Prevention
  • What is a stroke?
  • Am I at risk for having a stroke?
  • What are the warning signs for stroke?
About Lifestyle Changes
Alcohol
  • How much should I drink?
  • Does it matter if I drink beer or hard liquor?
  • Is red wine good for me? If so, how much could I drink a week?
Smoking
  • How can I quit?
  • Do I have to quit cold turkey?
  • Are there any programs you would recommend?
  • Are there any medicines I could take to help me quit smoking?
  • How long do the effects of my cigarette smoking affect my body after I quit?
  • Would cutting back on smoking (but not quitting) help?
  • Will I gain weight if I stop smoking?
Physical Activity
  • Is it safe for me to exercise?
  • How often should I exercise? How long do you recommend I exercise?
  • Is there any type of exercise you would recommend for me?
  • Are there any types of physical activity that I should avoid?
  • Should I work with a physical trainer?
Healthy Eating Habits
  • Do you have information about improving my eating habits?
  • What type of foods should I avoid?
  • What type of foods should I try to eat more often?
  • Do you advise that I meet with a dietician to improve my diet?
  • Do you have any suggestions for how to cook my food?
  • How do I read food labels?
  • Should I avoid soda?

References

Doctor appointments: working with your doctor. American Heart Association website. Available at: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/consumer-healthcare/doctor-appointments-questions-to-ask-your-doctor. Accessed April 8, 2022.

Getting the most out of your doctor appointment. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: https://familydoctor.org/tips-for-talking-to-your-doctor. Accessed April 8, 2022.

Metabolic syndrome in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/metabolic-syndrome-in-adults. Accessed April 8, 2022.

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