Understanding Health Care Protocols

When I adopted a pair of twins, one of the first things that struck me was how many doctor's appointments they needed to go to. As we took them to all of their baby well-checks, I realised that these appointments were designed to find and address issues early before they caused other problems. Fortunately, our family paediatrician found a few critical problems that we were able to resolve head-on, and it was immensely helpful. Check out this blog for information about health care, preventative care, and helping your child to enjoy a better life. I know that some of these tips helped me, and I know that they can help you too.

When To Talk To Your Doctor About Your Weight


If you are a person who wants to be as healthy as possible, you do not want to weigh too much (or too little). Your weight is a major factor in your health and well-being, and it should be a focal point in your health journey (though not the only one). However, you may be wondering if and when you should talk to your doctor about your weight. Get to know some of the instances when you should make an appointment at your primary care center to discuss your weight with your doctor. Then, you can be sure you are doing what is best for you and your health going forward. 

You Suddenly Lose Weight

One of the scenarios in which you should talk to your doctor about your weight is if you suddenly drop a lot of weight without trying to do so. Sudden weight loss can be a sign of all sorts of issues, including hyperthyroidism and cancer. 

While you may be happy about the weight loss, you do not want to lose weight for the wrong reasons. So, go to a primary care center to see a doctor right away if you lose weight all of a sudden without any effort to do so. 

You Seem to Keep Gaining Weight

Another sign that you should go see a doctor about your weight is if you keep gaining weight. This is especially true if you were previously maintaining your weight and have not drastically changed your lifestyle. 

Sudden weight gain can be just as problematic as sudden weight loss in terms of your health. Some medications, for example, can cause weight gain. Alternatively, hypothyroidism can also cause weight gain and needs to be addressed with thyroid medication.

You Are Obese

If you fall into the weight category of obese, you should definitely stop in at the primary care center and talk to your doctor about your weight. Your doctor will examine you and likely will want to run bloodwork. 

Then, the two of you can sit down and have an in-depth conversation about your weight. If your bloodwork shows abnormalities, like low thyroid hormone or an elevated A1C (an indication of diabetes), then they can help you treat the related conditions. 

Your doctor can also advise you on steps to take to manage your weight. They can help you with your diet, recommend an exercise regimen, or refer you to a licensed dietician or nutritionist to further guide you. 

Now that you know when to talk to your doctor about your weight, you can be sure to do so if any of these situations occur in your life. 


25 January 2021