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Important Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before & After a Health Checkup

Dr. Derek Koh

Head, Health Screening at Thomson Wellth Clinic

MBBS (Singapore), GDFM (Singapore)

Dr. Derek Koh practises preventive medicine through tailored health screenings & wellness programmes including the management of Andropause, Menopause and Obesity. He is also Board Certified in Anti-Ageing; has attained his Fellowship with the American Board of Anti-Ageing.

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It is completely natural to feel anxious before and after a health checkup — after all, the results of these tests can determine a lot about your health and well-being. 

Nevertheless, it is also important to remember that these checkups are essential for staying healthy and catching any potential issues early on. Fear and worry should not deter you from keeping up with regular full health screenings. 

But to get the most out of your health checkup, it is also key to ask your doctor the right questions. Unsure of where to start? Here is a comprehensive guide to the questions you should ask your doctor before and after a full health screening – keep reading to find out more.

What to Ask Before and During a Health Checkup

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Prepare for your appointment by jotting down any concerns or questions you may have to prevent forgetting them on the day of your health checkup. To help you with your list, these are some common and important questions to ask before or during the checkup:

1. What tests do I require based on my medical or family history?

Understanding your medical and family history can be crucial in identifying potential health risks and preventing diseases. If you have a family history of certain conditions, your doctor will recommend a suitable health checkup package that covers the tests you need so you can take preventative measures or get early treatment if necessary.

2. Is there anything I need to prepare for the health checkup?

Most health screening clinics will provide patients with a list of dos and don’ts prior to their appointment, but when in doubt, do not hesitate to reach out to the staff for a clearer understanding of how you can prepare.

Learn more: The Dos & Don’ts Before Going for Your Health Checkup

3. Are there any dangers associated with the tests being done?

Health checkups are generally safe but there can be some risks associated with certain tests, such as exposure to radiation, discomfort and allergic reactions. Discuss any concerns you have about the risks associated with a test with the clinic’s staff or doctor so you can make informed decisions.

4. How long will it take before I receive my results?

The length of time it takes to receive your test results varies from clinic to clinic, so speak with the staff to get an accurate estimate. Waiting for your test results can be a stressful and anxiety-inducing time but try to stay calm and avoid jumping to conclusions or self-diagnosing based on online research.

What to Ask After a Health Checkup

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Asking questions after your health checkup ensures that you fully understand your health status and any potential issues that may have been identified. These are some of the indispensable questions you need to ask: 

1. Do I have or am I at risk for any chronic diseases?

You need to know what your test results are and what they mean for your health because early detection and treatment can save lives. Ask your doctor after your health checkup to explain any abnormal results and what actions you should take next.

Learn more: What Common Conditions Do Health Checkups Help Detect?

2. What lifestyle changes can I make to reduce my risk?

Your doctor will be able to offer guidance on lifestyle changes or activities that can improve your health, such as exercise, nutrition, stress management or disease prevention strategies. 

3. How can this condition be managed?

Managing a medical condition can involve a variety of strategies ranging from medications to surgery depending on your condition and its severity. Your doctor can also develop a management plan that is tailored to your specific needs.

4. What are the long-term effects of this disease or medical condition on my life?

When diagnosed with a disease or medical condition, it is common to have concerns about the long-term effects it may have on your life. Remember to ask your doctor what to expect so you can be mentally prepared.

5. Are there any medications I no longer have to take?

There are some reasons why your medication plan may change and they range from an improvement in your condition to the side effects you are experiencing. Never stop taking any medications after your health checkup without consulting with your doctor first.

6. Should I be taking any supplements?

If your test results indicate a need for supplements, your doctor can provide guidance on dosages, potential side effects and any interactions with other medications.

7. When should I come for my next health checkup?

Your doctor can advise you on how frequently you should schedule a health checkup and any necessary screenings based on your age, medical history and overall health.

Healthy Habits Start With Regular Health Checkups

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Stay on top of your health at Thomson Medical, where we offer comprehensive full health screenings in Singapore that provide a complete assessment of your health status.

Your health is our priority. With our team of dedicated doctors and clinic staff, you can be sure that you and your family members are receiving quality and compassionate care.

Get in touch with us to find out more!


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