We’ve all heard it before. Tough guys finish last. Well, according to research, they actually seem to be dying first. Due to a lack of awareness, poor health education, and culturally induced behavior patterns at home and in the workplace, men are seeing their doctors less and less, resulting in a steady deterioration of overall health.
Perceived as a silent crisis in the health and well-being of men, researchers are finding that the mortality figures of males and boys tell an unfortunately grim story. Currently, women outlive men by five years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. David Gremillion from the Men’s Health Network says, “American men live sicker and die younger than American women.”
But here’s the good news. This crisis in men’s health is entirely preventable, and it all starts with seeing your doctor at least once a year. Did you know that according to the CDC, women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventative services than men? (CDC 2001)
It’s time to change the conversation around men and well-being. An annual visit to the doctor can mean the difference between early death and better quality of life. There are many benefits to staying on top of your annual checkups, including:
- Discuss ways to stay healthy and prevent disease.
- Catch diseases early when they are more treatable.
- Get a better understanding of your personal health history.
- Get help with preventing complications from chronic health conditions.
- Develop a relationship with your doctor to better communicate with them.
- Stay proactive about your health.
- Reduce emergency room visits.
- Lower health care costs in the long run.
Men may avoid doctor’s visits to minimize their health complaints or stress and anxiety. However, an annual visit can mean fewer medical complications down the road. Typically, your primary care doctor will look out for any changes from your last visit, take note of any health complaints you may have, and run any additional tests that may be required.
Most annual wellness visits will include some or all of the following:
- A review of medical and surgical history, with any updates or changes.
- Blood tests.
- A physical exam.
- Counseling to prevent future health problems or concerns.
Don’t wait until something is wrong or you feel sick to see your doctor. The best way to stay proactive with your health is by staying diligent with your annual wellness visit.
Schedule your appointment by calling 301-609-5044, or by clicking here.