The Many Benefits of Advocacy

Whether it’s buying a car, choosing the healthiest breakfast cereal or being up to date on the latest healthcare news, the old saying is true: An informed consumer is a smart consumer.

Being an advocate means nipping problems in the bud. When it comes to healthcare, that means not being afraid to seek out medical attention. Many people are skipping doctor’s appointments, or taking their medications incorrectly, in order to save money. That’s a bad idea, because a short-term inconvenience can become a long-term problem if not taken care of properly.

That’s especially true when it comes to healthcare, and being proactive about your health and that of your family and friends. Having the facts at hand for something like hemorrhoids, for example, means you can deal with the condition if it develops, and hopefully keep them from happening at all.

For example, if you’re suffering from ongoing stomach issues, such as diarrhea or indigestion, you may have GERD and need to see a gastroenterologist.

It’s also a good idea if this is happening to look into having a colonoscopy, especially if you’re over 50. Did you know that more than 50,000 people die from colon cancer every year, even though it’s 90 percent curable if caught in the early stages? Taking care of these issues will get your digestive system back on track, which in turn will help you avoid developing hemorrhoids.

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