It’s a sad reality that when it comes to going to the doctor, men assume a much different role than they should. Instead of taking charge of their health, they tend to ignore it, postpone the necessary check-up and pretend everything will be OK, without any effort on their part. Not true.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 13% of men 18 years and older, are categorized as being in “poor health.” This can be attributed to failure to get regular check-ups, and/or ignoring signs of potential illnesses fueled by lifestyle choices including alcohol consumption, smoking and limited physical activity/exercise.
It’s time we changed the perception that paying attention to our health as men is somehow less masculine or takes away from our societal role as the protector. In fact, taking care of our health first will enable us to be stronger and better providers for our families and communities. If we don’t take care of ourselves, then taking care of others isn’t a realistic option!
Simple decisions like a better and healthier diet, regular exercise and physical activity and certainly regular check-ups are the basics to make our lives better. The formula for better health doesn’t change for men, but our willingness to see it as an asset to our lives must change.
And, sometimes it may mean that the woman has to take the lead to encourage or even taker her husband/brother/father/friend to the doctor. On the mere fact that prevention is indeed the best medicine, it is important that men be aware of when they should receive certain tests, like prostate exams and colonoscopy to ensure there are no indicators of problems.
With a little more awareness and little less anxiety, we can turn the tide and positively impact the statistic associated with men’s heath…one doctor visit at a time. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for yourself, or the man in your life!
This is provided as informational only, and is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Please visit your medical practitioner for all matters related to health, wellness and relative practices. For more information, visit www.dchcquality.org or call (313) 821-2591 for the DCHC Health Center near you!