It’s Men’s Health Month. What does that mean to you? For most, it’s just another day. A day to say things like, “I’m healthy enough”, “this pain will pass”, “it costs too much” and on and on. We know that men are 24% less likely than women to go to the doctor. We also know 34% of men have high blood pressure. We know 6 million men suffer from depression.
So, to us, Men’s Health Day is an opportunity for us to spread the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Find out what screenings you need at your age.
- You don’t have a doctor. Step one toward staying healthy is finding a doctor you trust. But you’ll never know if you trust one unless you try. Check your insurance company or local listings for doctors in your area. Call their offices and ask questions, or check around online. It’s also a good idea to check with friends and family for recommended doctors
- You don’t have insurance. Everybody should have insurance under the Affordable Care Act. If you still don’t, here’s all the information you need to get signed up in our Consumer Health Care section.
- There’s probably nothing wrong. You may be right but … you’re not a doctor. That’s why you need one, to be sure. Some serious diseases don’t have symptoms. High blood pressure is one, and it can cause heart attack and stroke. (That’s why they call it “the silent killer.”) High cholesterol is another often symptomless condition. Ditto diabetes. Finding a health problem early can make a huge difference in the quality and length of your life.
- You don’t have time. There are about 8,766 hours in a year, and you want to save … two? When those two hours could save your life if you really DO need a doctor? If you want to spend more time with your family, these two hours aren’t the ones to lose.
- You don’t want to spend the money. It makes more sense to spend a little and save a lot than to save a little and spend a lot. If you think spending time with a doctor is expensive, try spending time in a hospital.
- Doctors don’t DO anything. When you see a barber, you get a haircut. When you see the dentist, your teeth get cleaned. But when you get a checkup, the doctor just gives you tests. It may seem like you don’t get anything, but you do. You get news and knowledge that can bring better health, if you act on it.
- You don’t want to hear what you might be told. Maybe you smoke, drink too much, have put on weight. Even so, your doctor’s there to help you. You can deny your reality, but you can’t deny the consequences. So be smart: Listen to someone who’ll tell you truths you need to hear. Be coachable.
- You’ve got probe-a-phobia. You don’t need a prostate cancer exam until you’re 50. Even then, remember that your chances of survival are much better if it’s caught early. So it’s worth the exam. But it’s only one small portion of a physical. Don’t let one test stop you from getting all the benefits of an annual physical.
- You’d rather tough it out. If pro athletes can play hurt and sacrifice themselves for the team, you ought to be able to suck it up, right? Wrong! The Game of Life is about staying healthy for a long time – a lifetime.
- Your significant other has been nagging you to get a checkup. OK, so you don’t want to give in. But isn’t it POSSIBLE you could be wrong? Give in on this one. See the doctor.
For Father’s Day, give a gift to the people you love – make an appointment with your doctor. If you don’t have a physician, use our free find-a-doctor services online or call, 816.221.HEAL.