Posted 8:10 AM 12/26/2012 : Lying to doctors could hurt your health
A survey shows more than half Americans aren't totally truthful with their doctors. But physicians say even little lies might be have health consequences.
Depending on the question, the answer may be a lie.
"Over 50% of Americans actually are not entirely truthful with their doctors" says Allison Leeds with Pearl.com
That's the main finding of a survey of a thousand adults from Pearl.com, an online source for advice from doctors, lawyers and other professionals.
When put on the spot, patients tend to fudge the food they eat, how much they eat and whether they exercise.
"There are intensely personal items and issues that people may not feel comfortable sharing," says Dr. Greg Weidner with Carolinas HealthCare System.
They also tend to fib about their smoking and drinking habits, both can raise the risk for heart disease and some cancers.
Doctors say it's important to have as much health-related information as possible.
The more we know about patients' information, in particular their medications, the better job we can do in making certain that medications don't interact with one another."
Doctors are human too, they understand patients can be more comfortable researching sensitive information in the privacy of their homes.
And they offer a gentle reminder, there is no mention of "judgement" in the hypocratic oath.