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Private medical cover holders concealing bad health habits from GPs?

Published on 03/12/2010
People over the age of 50 have been urged to fully disclose bad habits to their private medical cover provider or GP.

According to a new survey of 12,440 people over the age of 50 by Saga Health Club, many conceal bad health habits such as their alcohol consumption and lack of exercise from their doctor.

For example, 22 per cent of people would not give their GP a true picture of their alcohol consumption, even if asked directly.

Furthermore, nearly a fifth of respondents (17 per cent) said they would cover up the truth about their diet and a similar amount admitted they would lie about their exercise levels.

Women were found to be more likely to conceal the truth than men across five out of six key health influencers including smoking, weight, exercise, diet and stress levels.

Men, meanwhile, are more likely to play down their alcohol consumption.

"It seems a shame that people are not comfortable being honest about health and lifestyle issues, even with their GP," said Ros Altmann, director-general of Saga.

"The fantastic medical advances of recent years should enable the over-50s to stay fit and healthy so they can enjoy extra leisure time as they come up to and enter retirement."

It follows a recent survey by Aviva Health that found some 97 per cent of GPs in the UK say they would like more time with patients than they currently get. 
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