Monday, Jun 13, 2016
It is critical that men understand how vital medical examinations are for their well-being. June is National Men’s Health month and the perfect time to talk about the importance of men’s healthcare.
Why refuse going to the doctor’s office until you are in serious pain? Your health is serious and Harbin Clinic cares completely about making sure you are aware that no symptom, big or small, is worth ignoring.
Men often believe that if they feel well, they are well. But feelings aren’t always indicative of good health. According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, men are 80 percent less likely than women to schedule annual health screenings. In an article published in the Journal of Men’s Health, doctors believe this might contribute to men’s lower life expectancies and their leading risks for most medical illnesses.
“It’s Not Going to Happen to Me”
“If you think you are too tough for health screenings, you could be putting your life in danger. You can’t prevent diseases and illnesses without knowing whether you are at risk or already have them,” Family Medicine Physician Dr. Jayson Fields says.
There are several cultural factors that may explain why men don’t visit their doctor for checkups. Some men may not believe they have the time to take off from work to see a physician, while others might not want to bother their doctor about a minor health issue.
Disregarding minor health issues or symptoms could lead to bigger health problems down the line.
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
Regular medical exams are a major part of preventative healthcare. According to the Men’s Health Network, more than half of premature deaths among men are preventable.
The best way for men to protect their health is through preventative health care and early detection. American men are 1.5 times more likely than women to die from cancer and cardiovascular diseases, because they don’t seek proactive health screenings, according to The American Psychological Association.
“Men need to be proactive about their health management, not reactive,” Dr. Jayson Fields says. “It’s critically important to check your health with a physician and not brush off symptoms you may be feeling, in order to prevent unwanted diseases and illnesses”.
Know Your Core Four Health Numbers
Your Core Four numbers provide an overall snapshot of your body’s health. All patients should see their primary care physician annually for these four routine evaluations:
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar/glucose
- Cholesterol and triglycerides
- Healthy weight ranges
Be Proactive About Your Health
Men, schedule an appointment for an age-appropriate health screening to help ensure you maintain an active, healthy life. At Harbin Clinic, our highly trained healthcare providers are always available to handle men’s health issues no matter how great or small. To take control of your health, call 888.427.2461 to schedule an appointment.