Talk to your doctor about your uh-oh health issues | By Gina Roberts-Grey
Out in the Open
No health topics—not even those that revolve around the toilet—are out of bounds in your doctor’s exam room. “You can’t possibly
embarrass your physician,” assures Nicholas
Argento, MD, CDTC, diabetes technology director
and a senior endocrinologist at Maryland Endocrine
and Diabetes in Columbia, Maryland, who has
type; 1 diabetes.
“Your doctor is here to help you, and asking just
one seemingly small question can be life-changing,”
says Deena Adimoolam, MD, an endocrinologist at
The Mount Sinai Hospital and assistant professor at
Mount Sinai School of Medicine. What you may
consider a pesky problem may be a medication side
effect or a sign of another health issue.
Just remember: While no subject is off limits,
timing is important. “Ask questions at the beginning
of the visit instead of waiting until the doctor is
nearly out the door,” says Argento. That way, there
will be plenty of time to discuss the situation, and
you’ll be less likely to chicken out and avoid asking
the question later on.
Wondering what you should ask? Along with those
related to key numbers such as A1C and blood
pressure, don’t be afraid to touch on these topics, too.