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Tips to Ensure Accurate Medical Exam Results

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If you are applying for a life insurance policy, chances are you will have to have a medical exam as part of your application process. The exam typically takes 20-30 minutes to complete. Following some of these simple guidelines prior to exam is key to ensuring accurate results. Not to mention, it may improve your underwriting rating and possibly save you money.

 

Following these tips can help you attain the most favorable and accurate medical exam results:

  • Fast for 4-8 hours prior to the exam and try to schedule the exam for first thing in the morning, prior to eating.
  • Avoid stimulants (caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes).
  • Limit salt and high-cholesterol foods 24 hours prior to the exam.
  • Refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours prior to the exam (can increase fat in blood and liver functions).
  • Limit caffeine and nicotine 24 hours prior to the exam (can increase blood pressure, cholesterol).
  • Smokers should not smoke 30 minutes prior to exam (tends to constrict artery walls and elevate blood pressure).
  • Drink a glass of water one hour prior to the exam.
  • Get a good night of sleep prior to the exam.

Helpful reminders

  • Be prepared with a photo ID at the time of the medical exam.
  • Provide names and dosages of current medications
  • Provide any history of problems associated with providing a blood sample.
  • Have available names, addresses and phone numbers of any doctors or clinics visited in the last five years.
  • Tell the examiner if exercise is a regular activity.
  • Tell the examiner if vitamins or aspirin are taken on a daily basis.If you are overweight or have large muscular arms, ask the paramed examiner to use a large blood pressure cuff.

If you have experienced one of the following impairments, you should follow these additional guidelines:

HYPERTENSION

  • Avoid stimulants (caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes).
  • Schedule a morning exam.
  • Have the examiner take your blood pressure after you have had a chance to relax — three attempts at 10 minute intervals.
  • Take usual medications.

DIABETES

  • Schedule the exam for 2½ hours after a meal (no sweets or sugars after the meal), but if blood is being drawn, fast for 4-8 hours prior to the exam.
  • Empty bladder right after meal.
  • Drink 1-2 glasses of water before the exam.
  • Drink 2-3 glasses of water before the exam.
  • Avoid sweets or foods with sugar content before the exam.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise, such as running, for 24 hours prior to the exam.

URINARY SPECIMEN PROBLEMS (albumin, Red Blood Cells [RBCs], sugar, etc.)

  • Empty bladder right after meal.
  • Drink 1-2 glasses of water before the exam.
  • Drink 2-3 glasses of water before the exam.
  • Avoid sweets or foods with sugar content before the exam.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise, such as running, for 24 hours prior to the exam.

CORONARY, EKG PROBLEMS

  • Avoid stimulants (caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes).

FINAL TIP

  • Do not try to hide any health issues or medical history – be completely candid with your answers on your application and with your medical examiner.

Following these tips will ensure a speedy exam and best results. However, if you would prefer to apply for a policy without having a medical exam, there are some options. These types of policies are typically more expensive, but for those who prefer not to get an exam, they present another option.

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