As you grow older, it can be difficult to keep track of what you need to know about your medical history, particularly if you’re relocating and are consulting with a new GP.
To help, the experts at House Call Doctor have listed five things you need to know about your body and your health.
- Blood type
Whether it be Type A, Type B or Type O, positive or negative, it’s important to know what blood type you are, particularly as you get older. This is because certain blood types may be linked to increased risk of certain medical conditions, such as heart disease.
- Family medical history
Knowing your family medical history is crucial so you can be aware of signs to look for in yourself. For instance, if women in your family have had breast cancer or if you have relatives with a history of heart disease, you should pay particular notice to any changes in your own body.
- An understanding of your moles
According to the Melanoma Institute, Australia has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world, so much so melanoma is referred to as ‘Australia’s national cancer’.
It’s recommended you see a dermatologist who can do a full body scan to identify particular moles you should keep an eye on or have removed. The more familiar you are with your body, you’ll also start to notice changes in your moles and know when to visit a dermatologist.
Although you might have a severe allergy to peanuts or dairy, it’s important to check with your GP every so often to make sure your allergies are maintained and there is nothing new you’re allergic to, even if it’s a mild reaction.
This can also help you stay on top of necessary medications and steer clear of particular triggers.
- Vaccine history
Having a simple understanding of your vaccine history is crucial not only for you, but also your GP. Diseases including measles are preventable with a vaccine, but can be extremely fatal, particularly for adults.
If you and your regular GP are aware of when the vaccine was administered, they will know when a booster is required.