A third of men don’t think they need annual checkups with their doctor and almost two-thirds believe they are naturally healthier than other men, a new survey finds.
The national survey by the Southeastern U.S.-based health care organization, Orlando Health, also found that nearly two in five men focus more on their pet’s health than on their own.
“Men tend to put their health last after their family, and apparently even after their dog or their cat,” said Dr. Thomas Kelley, family medicine specialist at Orlando Health Physician Associates. “But in order to take care of others in your life, you first have to take care of yourself, and that includes making that yearly appointment with your primary care doctor.”
Dr. Kelley stressed that even if a man feels healthy and is experiencing no symptoms, existing health conditions may go unnoticed. “Some of those include rising blood pressure that can be a ticking time bomb for a heart attack or stroke, as well as colon cancer, which is one of the most deadly yet preventable cancers that exist,” said Kelley.
The survey also found that instead of speaking to their doctor, 38% of men often reach for social media to get medical advice, which can be misleading and unreliable.
According to Mayo Clinic:
Men older than 50 should have a yearly physical exam, and men younger than 50 should have a physical exam every three to five years. Even if you’re feeling healthy, a regular checkup with your provider is a good way to validate your health or identify a problem in its early stages.
Another thing to think about: Health isn’t only physical. Talk to your provider about your mental and emotional health. If you’re struggling in those areas, effective help is available.
Ladies, if you love the men in your life, get them checked by a primary care health professional. Men, if you love the ladies in your life, get yourself checked by a PCP!
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