10 healthy resolutions for 2014

As we begin a new year, today’s Best doctors blog post would like to share 10 resolutions that we believe can help us get the year off to a great start and, most importantly, in the best possible health.

What is essential is that we are aware of how valuable our health is and that we try to keep to those resolutions having a positive effect on our body.

1.- Pay greater and better attention to our diet As discussed in our previous post, excessive eating and drinking, only too common during the holidays, causes more harm than we might think. 2.- Make a greater commitment to our health As we have repeatedly emphasised throughout the past year, being aware of how important it is to look after our health is one of the key factors for staying healthy. Let’s take responsibility and we will be better off. 3.- Keep good track of our health through medical testing We must not neglect the need for regular check-ups. In spite of the fact that we Read more

Is there a lack of communication between doctor and patient?

Are we lost for words when we are in the presence of our doctor? It is certainly something that can take place, even in people who are not overly impressionable.

Matthew J. Press, public health specialist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, has given a name to this situation, “the silence of the white coat,” based on the more widely known “white coat syndrome,” a phenomenon that affects 30% of patients. This occurs when a patient’s nerves shoot up at the time of having their blood pressure measured, which in turn causes the hypertension (high blood pressure) results to rocket, therefore not reflecting accurate findings.

Let us go over the factors that may make us feel awkward in the communication process with our doctor: -  Anxiety: visiting the doctor becomes a really traumatic process for some people.  -  Fear: each time we visit our doctor, we face a possible negative diagnosis. - Intimidation: depending on the position of power of the doctor, their communication skills and degree of empathy with their patients. - Vulnerability: when we feel sick, not only our physical but also our psychological defenses are weakened, and this may become an obstacle when relating to other people. Do we understand everything our doctor tells us? “No” is the Read more