During a routine physical, your doctor will ask you health questions that might make you squirm. But editing out symptoms, or being tight-lipped about certain lifestyle habits, can have dangerous repercussions. Your doctor needs to know everything that is going on with your health, and if he or she is not bringing up these topics, you should. “People are often afraid to talk about certain things, but the doctor has heard it all before,” says Jonathan Kerr, MD, a family physician in Belleville, Ont., and the president of the Ontario College of Family Physicians. “You might be embarrassed, but the physician isn’t.” Are you ready to start the conversation? Here are five things you might be lying to your doctor about, but shouldn’t.
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