In the last few weeks, I have talked about how taking the RealAge Test can get you personalized information to help you choose a healthier diet, motivate you for more exercise, quit smoking, reduce stress and get or maintain a healthy weight. Today, I want to encourage you to take the advice you get and go talk to your health care provider – doctor, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant – with that new knowledge in hand.
We make that easier by providing a summary of your RealAge Test results called the Doctor Visit Guide (DVG). It’s one page (front and back) and it includes the information your doctor will want to know. If you told us your blood pressure is too high, or that you have had symptoms of depression, we include that information. Yes, usually the doctor will ask you herself; however, doctors are busy and we can all forget to bring up all the concerns we have, remembering when we got home that we wanted to ask about getting a C-reactive protein test. (That one happens to be on the list I will ask my own doctor about, when I see him in a few months).
In writing the RealAge Test, we did our best to include all the factors we could find that may affect how long and how well you will live. However, this can’t replace all the information that gets exchanged in a doctor’s visit. Only your doctor can do a physical exam, and he or she knows your medications and a host of other information we can only scratch the surface of in a computerized test. We aren’t trying to replace a doctor’s visit, we are trying to enhance it. So it’s critical that you discuss the issues you are learning about.
The DVG includes not only the medical, lifestyle and genetic issues you tell us about on the test, it also lists the recommended screening tests of someone of your age and sex. Hopefully you are up to date on all of these, but understanding the recommended tests and their expected benefits can further enhance the time you have with your doctor.
Joining with Sharecare brings new expertise to the science team at RealAge, and I expect further improvements to the RealAge Test, results and guidance.