How Keeping Good Medical Records Helps Promote Healthy Aging

Most people go through life taking notes while observing others, however they fail to take notes of their own health as they age.  Medical records are usually kept by doctors for years, and they do this to keep track of your health.  If the doctor cares enough to take care of your health, why shouldn’t you?

You keep a journal of your medical history, it makes it easier to diagnose and treat you when a medical issue arises.  In the journal, you should record dates, times, places, etc of anything medically related to you.  If possible jot down the diagnoses and which doctors took care of you, in the journal.

You also want to put your family’s medical history in the journal.  As an example, if your family has a history of diabetes, you should note that in the journal.  You should also note any information like allergies for example, that will help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis when an illness occurs with you.  Do not rely on your memory, over time, you may forget important medical facts about yourself or your family medical history.  When you use medical records, keeping them on a flash drive would be best, because it’s portable.  I would also suggest keeping another copy elsewhere in a safe place.

You should also keep any vaccination or immunization shots you are given in the journal also.  You should also keep records of any lab work, the results, conditions, and treatments you obtained.  The records should be updated after each medical visit or treatment.  Noting any new information in your journal, keeps it up to date.  You should give copies to your doctor as needed.

If you have a history of repeated visits for colds for example, it should be noted as part of your medical history.   The more you and your doctor understands about your medical history, the quicker and more accurate your diagnosis will be.

Prevention is a keyword that you may want to focus on when it comes to your health.  As you age, your body’s normal functions start to decline, which puts you at high risk of getting some disease.  Using these records of your illnesses you may have had throughout your lifetime helps to prevent and diagnose future medical conditions.  In addition, these records can be used to study genetic diseases. that may affect you.  For example, if you have family history of diabetes, that fact will give your doctor a better understanding of how it affects you and what line of treatment to recommend.

If you follow this friendly advice, as you start to age you will have the advantage over someone that doesn’t keep such records.  For example, if somewhere down the line in your future, if you get diagnosed with diabetes, the records you kept will aid in quick and accurate treatment.

To learn more about healthy aging, you should seek more information online, at your doctor’s office, or you even visit your local library and look up medical issues as they pertain to you.  Be proactive in your own health well being, this is not to say go overboard and become a hypochondriac.

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