The Smart Route to Your Best Life

I often emphasize the importance of being a smart patient; someone who accepts responsibility for their own health and well-being. A smart patient seeks out relevant information, keeps an open dialogue with their doctor, and does not hesitate to get second opinions.

I often emphasize the importance of being a smart patient; someone who accepts responsibility for their own health and well-being. A smart patient seeks out relevant information, keeps an open dialogue with their doctor, and does not hesitate to get second opinions.


Smart patients also possess another crucial trait - they are proactive. They work to pinpoint the best possible treatment options for current afflictions; but additionally, smart patients preserve an open conversation with their doctor to find out what conditions they may be at risk for. There are many things about your health that you cannot control, but everyone can take certain steps to prevent and detect future ailments, especially those you may be at risk for. Creating this individualized strategy isn't just smart - it's genius.



On Wednesday's show (April 21, 2010,) we outline the 5 questions that women over 40 must ask their doctors. As women approach (or pass) this milestone, their bodies begin to change in a number of ways. Metabolism slows, hormones change, and a woman's risk for developing heart disease and breast cancer skyrocket.


It is important to recognize these shifts in your body. Don't be afraid to discuss them with your doctor -that's what we're here for. Together, we can identify which changes are normal and which you need to be concerned about. We can comb your medical history to accurately assess your risk factors. Armed with this information, you can continue to be sure you're living a full and healthy life.


You should always be the expert on your own body. Know what questions to ask your doctor. After all, often the smartest thing that you can do as the patient is to ask the right question at the right time.

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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