Two years into a pandemic that has strained health systems and made booking doctors’ appointments next-to-impossible for some, patients are providing more of their own care at home.
Elizabeth Ditty says she struggled to get a doctor to pay attention when she felt lethargic and unable to lose weight. So a year ago she ordered do-it-yourself kits for medical tests to measure hormone and cholesterol levels and detect food sensitivities. Based on the results, the 39-year-old screenwriter in Kansas City, Mo., adjusted her diet, adding supplements and eliminating eggs. She says she feels better and has lost weight.