You’ve likely heard the excuses — maybe you’ve made them yourself:
But ignorance isn’t bliss and unless we make time for our health, the consequence may be death. Women are more likely to see a doctor than men, which is why, according to the APA, on average, men die five years earlier than women. Men are also 1.5 times more likely to succumb to heart disease, cancer, and respiratory disease than women. While genes certainly play a role in one’s health, regular screenings can go a long way to prevent many diseases even before the first symptom. June 12-18 is Men’s Health Week, the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. What better time to encourage the special men in your life to get screened for early detection and disease prevention.
Consider these statistics from the Centers for Disease Control:
Before we married my husband absolutely refused to see a doctor. He was too busy. He felt fine. He didn’t have time. Whatever was hurting him would eventually stop. He made every excuse in the book. But after we married and had our first child, he realized that his health didn’t just affect him; it affected his entire family. If he neglected to take care of himself, then he hurt not only himself, but his wife and children. So, he began scheduling yearly check-ups, seeking out medical help when necessary, eating healthy, and working out regularly. While I’m thankful my husband has decided to make his health a priority, unfortunately, most men do not.
Not all men are motivated to prioritize their health, but a doctor can help prevent health problems before they even start by recommending treatment options for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes and advising cancer screenings, immunizations, and other health testing at appropriate times.
Women, let's encourage (not nag!) our men to visit the doctor. They may need some gentle prodding, so schedule an appointment for them, offer an enticing incentive, or turn their doctor’s appointment into a date. This year let’s refute the excuses and make our men’s health a priority. Just don’t wait until it’s too late.