Become a Better Patient for Your Own Sake

 

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Steven Darien leverages three decades of experience in human resources to serve as the chief executive officer of the Cabot Advisory Group. Outside of work, Steven Darien sits on the board of Somerset Medical Center, which offers informative resources for patients through its website, www.somersetmedicalcenter.com. Topics covered on the site include ways in which patients can play their part in recovery from illness.

When it comes to your own health, healing from an illness is as much your responsibility as it is your doctor’s, if not more. There are a number of ways to take charge.

1. Watch your weight. Obesity is one of the leading health problems faced today. While a doctor can recommend a change in your lifestyle, it is up to you to exercise, watch what you eat, and adopt more active habits. Not only will exercising often help your body recover, but you’ll also be healthier and more likely to live longer.

2. Check your diet. Nutrition plays a huge role in recovering from illness. The doctor can prescribe a diet for you, but it is up to you to follow it and control your unhealthy cravings.

3. Keep up with follow-ups. The doctor may request a follow-up, but it is up to you to ensure you are there for your next checkup. Follow-up screenings help to ensure that your condition does not recur and that you are receiving the latest treatments.

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