In October's REDBOOK magazine there is an article "Health Lies All Women Tell (yes we mean you)" that I found to be very interesting.
They list the top 10 lies that most women tell their doctors. We may think these lies are just little fibs, but telling lies to your doctor can have serious consequences. Our dishonesty may be keeping your doctor from preventing heart attacks, pregnancy complications, even cancer.
- Of course, I floss.
- I'm not a big drinker.
- I've never had an STD (sexually transmitted disease).
- I'm monogamous.
- I don't smoke.
- I watch what I eat and exercise.
- I'm taking my medication the way you prescribed it.
- I use sunscreen every day.
- I'm not taking any medication.
- I always use birth control.
More than a quarter of women in the survey didn't believe their lies were a big deal. But lying to the person who really needs to know the truth--and is bound by doctor/patient privilege and federal law to keep that info private--can be a very big deal. When you tell even a fib, your doctor can't diagnose you correctly, which wastes your time and money and may keep him/her from giving treatment that could save your life.
Think about this when you are tempted to make like Pinocchio with your doctor.
Now, let's be honest. Do you ever lie to your doctor? (Men can answer, too. As I know they lie, too...remember I am a nurse and have heard it all)