5 Motivators for Men to See a Doctor

5 Motivators for Men to See a Doctor

If you (or a man in your life) would prefer mowing the lawn or doing the dishes to heading to the doctor’s office, you’re far from alone. According to a Cleveland Clinic study, 72% of men would rather do household chores than visit a primary care physician.

Whether that’s due to stubbornness, fear or embarrassment, there are many reasons why men should put health and wellness appointments on their to-do list. Joel Veldhouse, MD, Holland Hospital Pediatrics & Internal Medicine, reveals five:

1. Prevention is Powerful
“An annual physical, or well visit is an opportunity to catch something before it becomes more serious,” Dr. Veldhouse said. “For example, if your provider discovers you have high blood pressure, he or she can build a plan for lowering your numbers to help prevent future health problems.”

During a yearly checkup, your doctor will recommend appropriate screenings, tests or immunizations, in addition to discussing your general concerns and family’s health history. If your family has a history of certain diseases, he/she can give you guidance on how to reduce your risk.

2. Heart to Heart
Developing a trusted partnership can help you become more comfortable having those heart-to-heart talks about your overall health, including reflecting on your diet, how much you exercise and other lifestyle habits. To determine your risk for chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, your provider can screen for and monitor things like blood pressure and blood glucose (sugar), cholesterol, body mass index, and more.

3. Bone and Joint Woes
Everyday aches and pains, as well as more serious joint issues like arthritis, can be addressed with your primary care physician. The most common form, osteoarthritis, occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears out over time. Visiting your doctor when you have aches and pains can help safeguard your bones, joints and muscles.

4. Mind Matters
Depression and anxiety are two common mental health disorders men often ignore, but can and should be treated. Both of these conditions can disrupt your eating, sleeping and social life, as well as impact your overall physical health. If you’re struggling with depression, anxiety or other mental health-related symptoms, checking in with your primary care doctor is a good first step to feeling better.

5. Prostate and Colon Concerns
Prostate problems or enlargement affect most men during their lifetime, leading to urinary symptoms, incontinence and sexual dysfunction. The good news is, your physician can help you more effectively manage your symptoms, as well as weigh the benefits and risks of prostate cancer screening with you.

One of the most preventable types of cancer, colorectal cancer is something all men should talk about with their doctor. The American Cancer Society recommends individuals at average risk of colorectal cancer begin regular screening at age 45.

Along with routine screening, your provider can also educate you about the importance of eating a high-fiber diet, and adopting other healthy habits that can lower your risk of colorectal cancer.

“Even if you feel like you’re in great shape, you should establish an ongoing relationship with a primary care provider,” Dr. Veldhouse said. “Investing in your health today can make a profound difference in your wellness in the days and years ahead.”

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