Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Can you pay TOO much attention to your health?

Years ago, my first endocrinologist checked my full labs at every visit.  We're talking every three months, four times a year.  It never occurred to me that this might be a bad thing.  In fact, I thought it was necessary because I was diabetic, and surprised when I switched endos and my new doctor only checked once a year.  Ish.

Turns out now that there are studies that say that obsessing over your health can actually make you sicker.

Tracking Your Own Health Data Too Closely Can Make You Sick

I know this is aimed at healthy people, but I think it applies to diabetics, too.  The more often you run tests on yourself to verify that you're still healthy, the more likely you're going to get a false result.  And false results can mean more tests, which could be potentially harmful.

I'd also add that stressing over your health to this degree can have a negative impact on your health.  By focusing on it that much, you could actually be making it worse.

My first doctor, I should add, saw a little blip in my thyroid values and told me -- based on one blood test, the first he ever took from me -- that I was becoming hypothyroid.  It turned out to be incorrect, but I could have ended up on drugs unnecessarily.

Moral of the story: Don't stress about your health.  It doesn't pay to be a hypochondriac.

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