Monthly Motivation: 5 Reasons Men Should Go To The Doctor

As Men’s Health Month comes to an end next week, we would like to motivate all the men out there to take charge of their health and schedule a doctor’s visit!  In a recent blog, we highlighted the Top 10 Health Risks for Men, but knowing about these health issues is just the first step.  In 2017, a Cleveland Clinic study of 500 men discovered some staggering statistics about how little value men place on their health.

  • Only 3 out of 5 men get an annual physical each year.

  • 40% of men go to the doctor ONLY when they fear they have a serious medical condition.

  • Talking about their health is not important to 53% of men.

  • 19% of men go to the doctor to avoid nagging from a loved one.

If you are like the males in this study and have not been to the doctor or seen a nurse in the last year, here are 5 reasons to motivate you to go:

  1. “Doctor, Doctor, Give Me the News” 

    Regular checkups can help with early detection and prevention of diseases that could threaten men’s health, including prostate cancer, which affects 1 in 6 men. (Source: Mayo Clinic)

  2. “Leader of the Pack” 

    Visiting the doctor annually allows you to lead by example to other males in your life and to be proactive in your health. (Source: FirstLight Home Care)

  3. “Under Pressure” 

    Men are two times more likely than women to suffer from work-related stress. Stress on its own has a huge impact on health.  When you add men’s tendency to shut off their feelings, stress becomes a ticking time bomb!  Research shows that men are also three times more likely than women to become dependent on alcohol and almost ¾ of people who commit suicide are men.  Help relieve some pressure by talking to a healthcare professional regularly. (Source: Everyday Health)

  4. “Achy Breaky Heart” 

    Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) generally affects more men than women under 50 years old.  Nearly 1 in 6 men will die from coronary heart disease, so regular EKGs and Echocardiograms performed by an allied professional can help you avoid an achy breaky heart. (Source: American Heart Association)

  5. “With a Little Help From My Friends” 

    No matter how strong or successful you are, we all need a little help sometimes. It is important that when something is not right, you need to admit it and get help from your friends and, more importantly, your doctor.

Even if you are a travel nurse or travel allied professional and you think you’re in fantastic health, you really can’t afford to avoid the annual doctor’s visit.  Most of the time, medical professionals make the worse patients, so if you don’t have a doctor’s appointment set on your calendar, today is the day to make that call.

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