When it Comes to Your Health, Honesty is the Best Policy

Are you taking your medications? Do you smoke? How much do you drink? Do you have risky sex? Is there heart disease in your family? We’ve all heard these questions before — every time we visit the doctor.

If you’re like most of us (about 70 percent, according to some estimates), we don’t answer truthfully. It’s no big deal though, right? Plenty of patients want to skirt a scolding about how bad it is to smoke, drink or eat crappy fried food. We don’t want to be embarrassed by describing our symptoms. Fibbing on the exam table might not seem like a big deal, but it is, and it’s dangerous.

Remember, the doctor isn’t there to berate you, she’s there to treat you. Doctors need to know the truth so they can have a clear picture of your health. Here are a few lies commonly we tell our doctors: for the rest of this blog, please visit CultureMap.

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    […] Are you taking your medications? Do you smoke? How much do you drink? Do you have risky sex? Is there heart disease in your family? We’ve all heard these questions before — every time we visit the doctor. […]

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