4 reasons for men to get an annual checkup
Many men view themselves as being able to handle everything alone, including their health. A study of 500 men conducted by Cleveland Clinic found that 65% of respondents admitted to avoiding going to the doctor as long as possible, which may contribute to the fact that men’s life expectancy is about 6 to 8 years less than women. June is Men’s Health Month, a time to emphasize the importance of proper medical care for men of all ages.
Here’s why men avoid a doctor’s visit and four important reasons they should make regular visits to a doctor.
Fear of what they might hear
Men who decide they don’t need to see a doctor could be hiding a hidden fear of getting an unwelcome diagnosis. By avoiding an annual physical, men can avoid hearing bad news about their health but may also be headed down the path to serious health issues.
Struggling with vulnerability
We all would like to be superheroes but even the strongest among them have vulnerabilities. Likewise, it is important to remember that seeing the doctor is not a sign of weakness. Seeing the doctor is the best way to be able to continue being a hero for others.
Ability to handle anything
Men often don’t want to admit they feel pain or have health issues because it means they have problems. But refusing to acknowledge health issues won’t make them go away.
Find out the truth about your health
The simple truth is that regular checkups can give men more control over their health instead of less. There are many diseases that pose a threat to men. Prostate cancer affects one in six men, according to the Mayo Clinic. One in four men will have coronary heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Regular checkups allow the doctor to find conditions like high blood pressure or high cholesterol before they lead to more serious conditions.
Set an example for others
Going to see the doctor sends a message to other men that it is prudent to take care of your health. This is an important message to send to sons, co-workers and relatives who may be putting off medical care.
Get help with stress issues
In today’s competitive workplace, men experience considerable stress, which if left untreated can lead to serious mental illness. The rate of suicide was highest in 2019 among middle-aged white men, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Stress can have a significant impact on health and should be managed.
Give yourself permission to take steps to better health
The first step to improving health is admitting that there may be things amiss. By seeking help, you are becoming a stronger, healthier person. Facing problems not only can reduce the severity but it can provide peace of mind.
Knowing when extra help is needed.
When an unexpected medical event or illness occurs, men should be courageous enough to face the issue and accept help from the best sources possible. The fastest route to recovery from surgery or a hospital stay begins by finding the best care. For many, this path is a short-term stay in a post-hospital rehabilitation center where top therapists provide one-on-therapy seven days a week to move you toward getting back to an active lifestyle. The premier choice for this level of care is Whitehall of Deerfield. Whether the challenge is healing from joint replacement surgery, recovering from a stroke or dealing with any other serious medical issue, Whitehall of Deerfield can provide a successful program of recovery in comfortable, resort-like surroundings
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