Your Doctor’s Risky Philosophy
An important study found that medical doctors who exercise and don’t smoke are more likely to recommend lifestyle modifications to improve patient health. Researchers found that “those who exercised at least once per week or did not actively smoke were approximately twice as likely to recommend these interventions.”
An important point that every patient should remember is that health philosophy matters more than you think. If your doctor has a health philosophy that calls for drugs first, that’s what you will be prescribed. If your doctor is more conservative or even wellness oriented, like a doctor of chiropractic, they will likely recommend lifestyle changes first to see if riskier forms of care can be avoided.
Take some time on your next visit to ask your doctor how they approach health. Ask some hard questions and listen carefully to their answers. If you and your doctor are not on the same page, it’s probably time to change doctors.