https://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi= ... 2Fa0032845
...the occurrence of a serious health event predicted increased use of selection, optimization and compensation (SOC) strategies, which in turn predicted higher self-rated health and life satisfaction. ... this effect was moderated by negative self perception of aging (SPA) that is, in case of a serious health event, the perception that aging is associated with physical losses led to lower use of SOC strategies promoting a healthy lifestyle negative self-perceptions ... negative SPA as associated with physical losses might impair health-related strategies that are important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Future intervention studies could attempt to challenge negative self perception of aging to support effective strategy use in older adults with serious illnesses.
pursue optimal self care at least as actively as a diagnosis
ask for referrals to preventive health care specialists eg dietitians
don't let suboptimal self care muddy any underlying diagnostic picture!