9 White Lies You Need to Stop Telling Your Docs
If you're not telling the whole truth (and nothing but the truth), you could be harming your health
Why you should 'fess up: Your MD isn't judging your drinking habits. He's trying to gauge the best medications to prescribe. Moderate to heavy drinking can dangerously interfere with certain Rxs, like causing sudden changes in blood pressure with patients on heart medications, internal bleeding with patients on blood-thinning medications and impaired breathing for those on sleep medications. If you're lucky, your doctor is wise to the fibbing. "I'll usually double whatever the patient claims to drink to get the actual number," says Dr. Bola Oyeyipo, a family physician in San Antonio, TX. "Most women underestimate how much they drink, partly because we tend to have big pours for wine and cocktails and because they don't want to seem like they are drinking heavily."
Your doctor will also give you better boozing advice. "Too much alcohol at once bumps up your risk for breast cancer, so I want women to understand that if possible, one drink every night is actually better than seven drinks all at once," says Dr. Shilpi Agarwal, a family medicine specialist in Los Angeles, Calif.
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