Lying to Your Doctor Are you Guilty?
Most of us are guilty of lying to our doctors. That’s according to a new study, which found that 60 to 80 percent of those surveyed admitted to withholding information that could be important to their health during doctor visits.
It’s hard to admit we’re not living a healthy lifestyle. So, it’s no surprise to find that many of us are fibbing about our diet and the amount of exercise we’re getting.
But when are patients most dishonest? Some people tend to not speak up when they disagree with a doctor’s advice. Others admit that they stay quiet when they don’t understand directions given by their doctor.
The truth about lying
A majority of people say that they don’t want to be judged or lectured by their doctors. Additional reasons include:
• Not really wanting to hear how bad their health behaviors are.
• Feeling embarrassed.
• Not wanting the doctor to think they are a difficult patient.
• Not wanting to take too much of the doctor’s time.
Honesty is the best policy
Doctors don’t always get the information they need, which lends credence to the conventional belief that doctors may need to adjust what patients tell them. For example, a doctor might want to include doubling a patient’s report of alcohol use and cutting in half the amount of reported exercise.
But lying to your doctor can bring serious health consequences. Your doctor needs to know what you’re eating and what medication you’re taking in order to help you with health problems. They need to understand your symptoms, thoughts and feelings to make proper diagnoses and treatment recommendations.
Now that we know the common reasons why many people are not completely honest about their health, let’s vow to start off our New Year right by telling our docs the whole truth. It could really help in the long run!
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