14 things to never lie to your doctor about
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11. When you last went to the doctor
You haven't had a teeth cleaning since 2010. You have– eek! – never been to an eye doctor. You had a physical, maybe two years ago?
You might have a less-than-stellar track record of keeping up with medical appointments, but here's the thing: your doctor doesn't care.
In fact, they're just glad you're sitting on the examining table NOW, ready for a check-up. Instead of skirting the truth about the last time you sought care, be up front so your new physician can treat you accurately.
"If you are new to a physician, we don't know what happened and how frequently it happened in the past. Routine screening keeps you safe. Don't lie about when you went to the doctor last and what they did or did not check. It won't help us know how best to take care of you in the future," Dr Knopman says.