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This doctor reveals the ONE BIG tell-tale sign about your health.
Nowadays it seems you're rushed in and out of your doctor's appointment in the blink of an eye, but apparently a doctor can tell a fair amount about your health in just 10 minutes.
Believe it or not, but in just 10 minutes a GP can tell whether you're lying about that cheeky cigarette you enjoy at the weekends, or whether you might have an underlying heart condition just from looking at your hands.
In new book 'The Appointment', London GP Dr Graham Easton gives an honest account of what is really going on during a consultation and how he makes up his mind about what’s wrong with you.
You might not notice, but one of the first things he will examine is your hands as this can show a lot of underlying health issues.
He writes: "One of the most striking things I might spot in a patient is finger clubbing, where the soft tissue around the ends of your fingers and toes increases and your fingers end up looking like matchsticks with a sort of clubbed end.
No one really knows why it happens, but it can be associated with a range of conditions, from serious heart and lung disease to liver cirrhosis or inflammatory bowel disease."
Other skin-crawling symptoms he looks for include "little bleeds under a patients nails like tiny splinters" as he claims they can allude to an infection of the heart valves.
Thought you could get away with lying to your doctor about that cheeky cigarette? Think again as Dr Graham adds: "You may say you’re not smoking, but yellow-brown fingers will betray you."
So how do you know your ten minute appointment is up?
Dr Graham reveals the hilarious way in which doctors will subtly try to hint that you need to make your way towards the door.
"The specific tricks we learn include breaking eye contact – that’s easy, just look at the computer – and altering our body position away from the patient," he says.
"Alternatively, we can try speaking faster and louder than the patient, sitting up straighter, handing over a prescription or patient information leaflet, or picking up the patient’s bag or walking stick for them."
"Finally, there is the nuclear option: stand up and go and open the door. I’ve been known to use that."
We'll take the hint next time!