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The #1 Thing a Doctor Will Never Do For You

Don't ask or you will get called out.

Your doctor is your healthcare champion. He or she wants you to feel great, steer clear of disease, and live a long and joyful life. Although you may only see your primary care physician once a year for a quick 15-minute visit, he or she will use that time to do everything possible to ensure you're on the path to a long and healthy life.

There's just one thing your doctor simply won't do for you.

A good doctor won't enable an unhealthy lifestyle or habits.

If your doctor can tell that you're overweight, smoking, or just living a life that isn't conducive to your health, you're getting called out. Physicians refuse to ignore these details and want you to leave with the motivation and facts you need to create a healthier lifestyle. Here's why your doctor will always preach to you about making healthy changes.

They want you to be happy.

Exercise is directly linked to happiness and may combat depression. If you admit to a sedentary lifestyle, your doctor will probably encourage you to get moving. According to Karmel Choi, PhD, Clinical Psychology at Duke University, "We saw a 26% decrease in odds for becoming depressed for each major increase in objectively measured physical activity."

They don't want to see you for a chronic condition.

Your doctor's top priority is to keep you healthy and free from chronic diseases that have to be managed for a lifetime. According to the CDC, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer are directly related to obesity. Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States, mostly related to lung cancer, coronary heart disease, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). If you're overweight or a smoker, you're likely to get a talking-to at your next appointment.

They want your body to function properly.

When your body systems are working harmoniously, you're more likely to avoid disease and live longer. A healthy diet is the best way to keep your body healthy, so don't be surprised if your doctor harps on you about what you're eating at your next visit. According to Dr. Priyanka Wali, a physician in San Francisco, "I tell more patients to stop eating refined carbs and sugars than I do to tell them to quit smoking."

Your doc has your back and wants to help you out in any way possible. But if you're living an unhealthy lifestyle, don't expect to dodge a lecture at your next appointment. Listen to your physician, make the changes, and to live your happiest and healthiest life, don't miss these essential 50 Unhealthiest Habits on the Planet.

Kelly Hernandez
Kelly Hernandez is a health and wellness writer and certified personal trainer. Read more about Kelly