Men are less likely to see themselves as susceptible to disease or injury when, in fact, they are more susceptible. For example, a woman’s lifetime risk for cancer is one in three, while a man’s is one in two. And compared to women, men have higher death rates for all top 10 leading causes of death.
Here are three reasons men should get regular checkups:
- Prevent future health problems. Scheduling regular exams can find potential problems early. If your doctor notices that your blood pressure is too high, he/she can suggest a diet and fitness plan to help reduce it before you have a heart attack. If your doctor spots a strange looking mole, it can be removed before you have problems with skin cancer. Also, if your family has a history of certain diseases, your doctor can give you guidance on how you can reduce your risk of suffering those ailments. Don’t have a provider? No worries; you can search for a provider here.
- Establish health baselines. If you haven’t been to the doctor in a while, getting a physical will establish baselines for things such as your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. Having these baselines will help your doctor gauge your health’s subsequent progression or regression.
- Develop a relationship with your doctor. You’re more likely to open up to a doctor that you have a good relationship with, which means your doctor will get the information he/she needs to make a correct diagnosis when things are wrong. Also, having a regular doctor means you’ll have someone who knows your health history well enough that they don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time they see you. Finally, when you have a doctor you feel comfortable with, you’ll be less hesitant to go see him/her when you’re not feeling well.