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Health Tip: Make Your Doctor's Appointment Successful

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(HealthDay News) -- Preparing for a doctor's appointment doesn't have to be an undue burden.

The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests how to make the most of your time at the doctor's office:

  • Do not lie to your doctor when he or she asks about your diet, exercise plan or alcohol use.
  • Come up with a few important questions to ask the doctor.
  • Describe any medical issue clearly and succinctly, since the doctor may be on a very tight schedule.
  • Share your feelings about the appointment with your doctor. Let him or her know if you feel rushed, worried or uncomfortable
  • Accept that your doctor may not be able to answer every question immediately.

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