Do you ever lie to your doctors or dentists about things you think are small?
An Empowher news story today discusses how even "small" lies can be detrimental to your health:
Do you stretch the truth about flossing? You could prevent your dentist and doctor from suspecting cardiovascular disease.
Do you underreport how much you drink? You may be at risk for drug and alcohol interactions.
Do you fudge a little on your sexual habits or history of STDs? You'll handicap your gynecologist as she interprets what she sees in your body.
Do you overreport how much you exercise? If so, your doctor has the wrong information when she's treating your high blood pressure or cholesterol.
The story goes into detail about many areas women regularly lie to their doctors, and what the possible risks are in each instance. It's a good read.
How about you? Are you keeping anything from your doctor that might be hurting your health?
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