Top 5 Reasons Why Men Won’t See a Doctor
If you’re a guy who waits until something is seriously wrong before going to the doctor, you’re not alone. In a recent poll of 1,100 men, 58 percent said that something still keeps them from actually going to the doctor.* Here are the top five reasons why:
Reason #5: “I feel fine.”
Of men polled, 36 percent said they only go to the doctor when they are “extremely sick.” So, unless there’s a problem, men aren’t going to the doctor for prevention. The fact is, you can feel fine with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and elevated blood sugars, because many health issues are not detectable until it’s too late.
Reason #4: “I’ll tough it out.”
So there may be a small rash, itch or burn, but no big deal, right? While women are fairly open with their friends and family, men don’t like to complain about their health. But while you may be able to “shake off” a bad bruise or sprain, there are plenty of other examples where your symptoms will only get worse if you don’t receive proper treatment.
Reason #3: “I don’t want to talk about it.”
Men can feel embarrassed to talk about personal issues or bad habits. What they don’t realize is that the doctor has heard it all — many times!
Drinking a 12 pack on the weekends, having sexual problems, not exercising and eating bad foods, among other things, are not as uncommon as you might expect.
Reason #2: “I don’t have a doctor.”
If you’re not attached to a regular physician by the age of 40, you’re more likely to get into trouble. Unlike women, who need regular Pap smears and contraception, men may not have seen a doctor regularly. Asking your friends or relatives to recommend a physician they know and trust is a good start.
Reason #1: “I don’t have time.”
It’s not difficult to find a doctor who is accessible and can work around your office hours. And you only need to schedule a 30-minute visit once a year, with maybe a couple follow-up visits as needed. Try to get the earliest appointment in the morning, or the first appointment after lunch; you’ll spend less time in the waiting room.
Men: Get the Health Screenings You Need
Schedule these screenings now to avoid health problems later.
If you're like a lot of men, you probably delay going to the doctor until you're sick or have an injury. But many conditions, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels, may not produce symptoms until the disease becomes advanced.
Schedule these screenings now to help prevent health problems down the road:
- BLOOD PRESSURE. Starting at age 18, have your blood pressure checked at least every two years. High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher.
- CHOLESTOROL. Men over age 34 should be checked every five years. If you have diabetes, heart disease or other conditions, you may need to be monitored more closely.
- COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING. Have a screening test for colorectal cancer starting at age 50. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, you may need to have a colonoscopy earlier.
- DENTAL EXAM. See your dentist every year for an exam and cleaning.
- IMMUNIZATIONS. You should receive a flu vaccine every year, and a tetanusdiphtheria booster vaccination every 10 years.
- PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING. Men age 50 or older should discuss screening for prostate cancer with their healthcare provider.
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