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Health Tip: Keep a Health Journal

Here's what to include

(HealthDay News) -- A health journal is meant to be a complete record of a person's medications, illnesses, symptoms, surgeries or procedures.

A health journal helps you and your doctor keep track of what makes you sick or what causes symptoms, and you can use it to become a healthier person.

Here are suggestions for what to include in your health journal, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Any illness or injury you've sustained.
  • Any hospitalizations or surgeries.
  • Any symptoms or allergies that you've had.
  • OTC medications, prescription medications, supplements and vitamins that you take, including the dosage and how often you take them.
  • Any diseases, conditions or illnesses that run in your family.
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