By Suzannah Weiss. Photos: Courtesy of CNP Montrose.
Giving medical providers full and accurate information about your health and lifestyle is necessary for them to accurately diagnose any problems. But that doesn't mean everyone's honest with their doctor. In fact, the majority of people have lied to their physicians at some point or another, according to a survey of over 2,058 people by NetQuote.
Only 28 percent of people 18-24 and 29 percent ages 25-34 said they were honest with their doctors all the time. Older cohorts were a little more forthcoming, with 31 percent of people ages 35-44, 37 percent of people 45-54, and 32 percent of those 65 and over saying the same.
Women, however, were less likely than men to say they were always honest. One possible—and downright disturbing—reason for this gender difference? More women than men have lied to their doctors because they were scared of being judged. 19 percent of women but only 14 percent of men had been less than honest for this reason. Women were also less likely than men to always tell the truth about their eating and exercise habits—only a quarter were.
While this study didn't delve into further detail, there are plenty of stories about doctors shaming women for their weight and their sexual decisions, or for questions about sex, so there's an understandable reason they could be scared of being judged.
On the other hand, most people were always honest about their drinking, smoking, and drug habits, with weed being the drug they lied about the most. Lying about drugs can be extremely risky, NetQuote's press release points out, since they could interact with certain medications.
This story originally appeared on Glamour.
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