Statistics Show Men Are Less Likely to Have An Annual Exam
The most important thing men can do to take care of themselves is to practice preventive health care. Unfortunately, statistics show that men are 24 percent less likely than women to visit a doctor for a well-exam.
So why do so many American dads avoid the doctor? There are many reasons or excuses. Some men do not want to visit a doctor unless they are sick. Others feel they are healthy and don’t need an exam. There may also be financial reasons, when insurance coverage is an issue, or the co-pay is too high. And there are men who just don’t like going to the doctor for fear they will find something wrong.
Regular medical exams are the best way of preventing serious health issues, like high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Experts believe the avoidance of regular exams by men may be a big reason why women outlive men, and why men are more likely to die from these diseases. Men are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure and heart disease than women, yet avoid an annual check-up.
It is essential to realize is that feeling healthy is not a good indication of good health! Hypertension often has no symptoms early on, yet it can lead to heart attack and stroke. Hypertension causes silent damage to the arteries, narrowing them and causing the heart to work harder. By the time any symptoms appear, the damage has progressed to later stages and is harder to treat.
Catch Conditions Before They Cause Damage
A well-exam can find problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and cancer in the early stages and ensure that you receive treatment at the earliest possible moment. This could be the difference between life and death.
While women are still outliving men in America at the rate of approximately seven years, some men have started to catch on to the idea that preventative care is crucial to their well-being. Younger men have different attitudes and have been brought up to understand a yearly exam is part of taking care of your health. This is a trend that we hope will continue to be carried on by future generations to increase the health and longevity of men.
A regular checkup with screening exams for high blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and prostate disease helps prevent health issues before they have a chance to cause damage. It is also a good idea to talk with your doctor about your lifestyle to be sure you are doing everything you can to remain healthy, including nutrition, exercise and managing stress. Avoiding harmful practices such as smoking are crucial to health and your doctor can discuss methods that will help you quit.
Protect Yourself And Your Family
The best way to protect yourself and your family is to make it a priority to schedule an annual exam to ensure you are doing everything possible to live a long healthy life!