Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Are You In Your 20s Or 30s? Ask These Questions At Your Next Doctor Office Visit

by Hugh Larson

What should you ask your primary care physician (or PCP) during your next doctor's office visit? Annual well-visits aren't just for children. Adults in their 20s and 30s also need to see the doctor once a year too. If you're not sure what to ask during your next doctor's office appointment, take a look at the top questions.

Are There Age-Related Changes To Look Out For?

Age-related physical changes don't only happen to adults who are well into their senior years. Even though it seems like you're barely out of your teens, you may start noticing some age-related changes. These could include hormonal changes or changes in your body's shape. According to the National Library of Medicine, adults in their 30s may experience lean tissue loss, cell loss of the muscles, kidney, liver, or other organs, or the beginning stages of bone demineralization. 

As you head towards 30 or 40, the doctor can help you to understand age-related changes and recommend ways to combat issues such as hormonal acne, bone density loss, or weight gain. Whether you are already experiencing signs of these changes or you just don't want to wait for symptoms to pop up, now is the time to discuss healthy lifestyle tips for adults with the doctor.

Are You Up To Date On Your Immunizations?

Like annual physicals, immunizations are not just for kids. Adults in their 20s and 30s may still need vaccines or boosters (depending on your immunization history). If this is your first doctor's office visit, ask your previous PCP for a copy of your immunization record. This will help the doctor to determine which vaccines you may need.

Young adults may need vaccines they skipped during their childhood or teen years (such as the HPV vaccine), boosters for diseases such as tetanus, new vaccines (such as the COVID-19 vaccine), or a seasonal/annual flu immunization.

Do You Need Additional Screenings?

An annual physical includes a general exam and health history questions. But it may not include a lengthy list of screenings or bloodwork. If you have concerns about symptoms you're currently experiencing, have a family history of certain diseases/conditions that puts you into a high-risk category (such as breast, colorectal, or another type of cancer), or have a diagnosed pre-existing condition, the doctor may order additional tests. If you're not sure which tests you need right now or where to go for each type of screening, ask your PCP for guidance during your annual check-up. 


About Me

Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

I have worked in a supportive role in the medical industry for over 20 years, and I have been amazed at the advances in medicine that have been made. While it is always great to hear about a new medication that helps cure a disease or a new surgical procedure that can help someone live a normal life again after an injury, I have been especially amazed at the research that has shown just how much our physical and mental health are connected. Since I keep on top of all of the amazing medical studies being performed and I know others are too busy to hunt them down themselves, I decided to start a blog to share my favorite health tips for keeping both your mind and body healthy.