Being informed about your health will help you to make the right health decisions which will improve your overall health, and allow you to know when and how to access to appropriate care for your needs.
There are many ways to stay informed including speaking to your health professionals, family and friends and looking on the internet.
Opinions and information you receive from family and friends can be valuable but a trained health professional is the best person to discuss your health needs. They can do the correct tests and treatments where necessary, or seek additional medical expertise for your condition.
Similarly, using the internet, social media and looking at health books can help you learn many important tips for managing your health and helping you to make better decisions about your care, they are, however, no substitute for seeing a doctor.