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14 things to NEVER lie to your doctor about

How much you smoke, drink, eat, exercise and whether you use protection during sex or while out in the sun matters. Doctors weigh in on what matters most.

2. Your age
2. Your age
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As you begin to approach middle-age, start menopause or feel those aches and pains of getting older, you might be tempted to tell a little white lie about exactly what decade is on your birth certificate.

While it's likely not a big deal to fudge the truth to a bartender, grocer or random stranger at networking event, your doctor needs to know the honest truth about everything, including how many candles were on your last birthday cake.

Not only is your age a crucial element to how they prescribe a treatment, but it's information they're going to find out, no matter what.

And lying about it? It could break that essential doctor-patient trust. "I know patients don't like admitting their age, but it's very important to be truthful," Dr Shafer says.

"If a patient tells me they are 49 but they are 57, I have to wonder if the patient is lying about anything else."

Heed these 5 tips to help yourself and others grow old healthily and independently.



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