Things you don't usually tell the doctor and that can save your life

It's a fact, nobody he likes to go to the doctor. However, either by specific problems of greater or lesser severity or for simple annual checkups, which are also very important, it is necessary to visit once in a while. However, when it comes to going and telling what happens to us, there are some vital things that we overlook and that could be fundamental that they knew.

This is explained by the magazine 'Best Life': there are certain questions that doctors ask us in our annual reviews (because we expect you to ask them) and that we tend to answer in a very candid way, especially those that have to do corn how much exercise do we practice ("Well, not much, but I try to do") or how much alcohol we consume, ("not much, come on, normal"). We already know that, but a new study published in 'JAMA Network Open' has discovered that almost half of adults in U.S It does not give details that could be a matter of life or death.

The sample

The study, conducted by the scientists of the University of Utah Health, with collaborations of the universities of Michigan and Iowa, and the sample included more than 4,500 adults between the ages of 18 and 91. The researchers asked them what bothered them when they talked to their GPs. According to people's responses, there are four points that are never mentioned: yes they have suffered sexual assaults, face threats or domestic violence, if they are depressed or have suicidal thoughts.

Younger patients and women are the least likely to be communicative and tell these details

48% of respondents chose not to disclose at least one of these four details to their doctors. The main reason was shame. Other reasons included fear of being judged or being able to prevent this from being included in your medical reports. The patients younger and women they were also the ones least likely to be communicative and tell these important details.

"For primary care providers to help improve health they need to know first what the patient is fighting against," he said in a press release. Angela Fagerlin, author of the study and president of Department of Health Sciences, University of Utah School of Medicine. "Doctors could help in many ways, with different resources, therapies or treatments".

For doctors to help patients improve their health they need to know first what they fight against

It's understandable, however, that you don't want to give that such private information to your GP and they don't always ask questions that can give you the opportunity to talk about possible abuse or domestic violence. "It is not necessary in the sense that you have to tell it while they look at your blood pressure," he explains, "but it is strongly recommended to mention it even if Your doctor doesn't ask you about your mental well-being".

It is also important that you mention if you are losing weight lately unintentionally, if you spend a lot of time looking at screens, if you have feces in the blood or some strange lump on the skin. If necessary, the next time you go to the doctor Write your ideas on a paper to be clearer what you want to tell and, above all, do not be ashamed or think that can judge you. Telling those details could save your life