It's not always comfortable when you have to tell your doctor about some of the most private things imaginable, but it's very important to tell your doctor the truth.

I have a doctor's visit coming up at the end of the month and I always get a little nervous when I go.  Even though I get nervous, I always answer my doctor by telling the truth so he can give me his best advice and the best treatment possible.

According to the Detroit Free Press, providing doctors with a clear picture of your health can help them better understand you and determine the best course of action.  It's not uncommon for patients to forget their concerns when talking to their doctors.

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Here are the most commonly unaddressed issues and why your doctor needs to hear about them, courtesy of the Detroit Free Press:

1.  Supplements.  The Detroit Free Press tells us your doctor needs to know what you're putting into your body.  And yes, both the substances that are designed to improve your health and those that could be harmful.

2.  Mood disorders.  It's not uncommon for patients to have trouble discussing their mental health and well being.  According to the Detroit Free Press, the good news is that people are getting more comfortable talking about depression and anxiety, particularly during the pandemic.

3.  Alcohol consumption.  When you talk to your doctor about alcohol consumption, be specific.  The Detroit Free press tells us that social drinking can mean different things to different people.  Alcohol consumption not only affects liver function and could raise or drop your risk profile for certain conditions, it can also interact with medications you're taking.

The next time you see your doctor, just be honest with yourself and share all the important information you can so your doctor can help you at all costs.

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