The poll revealed that 59 per cent of GPs felt reluctant to bring up personal hygiene problems, 13 per cent steered clear of suggesting giving up smoking, 19 per cent didn’t feel comfortable broaching alcohol misuse and a huge 47 per cent of family doctors said they were not prepared to tell a patient they were obese.
Principal clinical consultant at Aviva UK Health, Dr Doug Wright, stressed that although it can be difficult to raise personal issues regarding weight and lifestyle, allowing patients to remain unchecked could cost more in the long run.
Though nine out of ten GPs would like their appointments to last longer, which could explain why many issues such as those above remain undiagnosed, it would be irresponsible for a GP to notice a health concern without mentioning it for fear of upsetting their patients.
Dr Wright has suggested that in light of these findings, individuals should be taking more care to take control of their own health.
If you are concerned that you may be suffering from any of the health concerns above, then it is important that you try to tackle the issue before it begins to escalate. Always remember that doctors deal with these issues on a daily basis and you should never feel embarrassed to approach your GP for help. Your GP will be able to properly diagnose your condition and will then talk to you about treatment options they feel will be suited to you.
Alcohol misuse, obesity and smoking are all issues which can be treated using hypnotherapy. If you would like to find out more about how a hypnotherapist could help you to overcome any of the above then please visit the Hypnotherapy Areas section of this site where you can find comprehensive fact-sheets and information.