If you’re going to lie, your doctor is not the one you want to lie to because it could lead to grave consequences. It’s time to stop worrying about being judged and instead doing all we can to make sure that we get the best possible care from our doctors. The following are lies that you should stop telling your doctor.
“I Don’t Really Drink Much”
If you drink wine with dinner, knock back a few beers on the weekend with friends, or indulge in a few cocktails during Happy Hour, then not telling your doctor could lead to several dangers because you would technically be classified as a heavy drinker by medical standards. This puts you at very high risk for heart disease, breast and other cancers, liver problems, and other conditions. Knowing how much you drink, combined with other symptoms could help your doctor diagnose a serious problem much faster. It can also mean life or death when it comes to prescriptions that your alcohol could cause dangerous interactions with.
“I Don’t Smoke”
Whether you take the occasional drag or smoke multiple packs a day, you need to tell your doctor. Smoking, even small amounts, puts you at a considerably higher risk of many medical problems that your doctor should be monitoring you closely for as a smoker. Also, if you smoke and take birth control pills, you have a high risk of developing blood clots which can kill you. Not being honest about your smoking can harm you and even lead to death.
“I Always Practice Safe Sex”
For many women especially, this can be one of the hardest things to fess up about. If you have had unprotected sex even once, then you need to tell your doctor. Not only do you need to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases that could lead to fertility issues and even mortality, but you could also be spreading infections without realizing it. Also, certain strains of HPV can lead to cervical cancer and require proper screening to try to catch abnormalities before they become cancer.
“I Don’t Take Any Medications”
Even the vitamins and health supplements you take need to be discussed with your doctor. As natural or harmless as you many think they are, there are potential interactions that can occur with prescriptions you may be given and potential dangers in taking certain supplements when you have a medical condition. The same goes for other pills that you may be taking, including over-the-counter pain pills, sleeping aids, or any recreational drugs.
“I Eat Healthy”
You are what you eat and if you are eating unhealthy foods or foods that you could potentially be allergic to, you need to tell your doctor. Your diet has a direct impact on your physical and mental health. Knowing what you are eating or not eating could help your doctor to faster diagnose the cause of symptoms and underlying conditions, such as diabetes, hormonal imbalances, and more.
Your doctor is not there to judge you—only help you. Make it easier for them to do this by being honest. It could save your life.