MEDICAL MONDAY: June is Men's Health Month

Statistics show, men are not visiting their doctors regularly for checkups

MEDICAL MONDAY - June is Men's Health Month, however, by in large, men do not go to the doctor.

Statistics show-- women are twice more likely to utilize healthcare resources, than men, whether they're sick or just for a general physical.

Physicians at mercy medical say, they'll see men over 50 more frequently then men under the age of 30.

No matter the age, men have issues with things that don't have every day symptoms, like diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol.

The only way to find out about these things is to come in for a general check up.

Survey's say, top reasons men don't make it in to the doctors is: lack of time, they don't want to answer personal questions, they're afraid to know what's wrong and a big one, they do not feel comfortable.

"We live in a paternalistic society where men aren't necessarily comfortable feeling vulnerable and the minute you step through the door at the physicians office, you're vulnerable and that's probably the biggest issue that we face with men is they feel vulnerable at the doctor's office, they don't have control anymore," said Stephen Joyce M.D. from Mercy Medical Center.

Joyce says, as a general rule, every 1 to 2 years, depending on your age, should men get in to their physicians for general check ups.

 

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