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Men’s Health Month – Time to Schedule Your Next Visit

Men's Health

June is Men’s Health Month, dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of regular wellness checks for all men. 

By Eboni Gee

 

In many households, partners, spouses, or other family members remind their male loved ones to schedule these vital appointments. A significant number of men, due to various factors such as age, societal expectations, and a perception of self-reliance, show reluctance towards seeing providers regularly.

The American Heart Association has published a thought-provoking article on this subject, exploring the influence of misguided masculinity on men’s reluctance to visit the doctor. This article serves as a powerful reminder of the need to address these barriers and cultivate a culture that encourages men to take proactive steps towards maintaining their health.

Let’s discuss some strategies that can be shared to motivate the men in our lives to prioritize their health with the same dedication they demonstrate when caring for others. These strategies can be adapted and tweaked to cater to individual needs and circumstances.

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has shared some alarming statistics underlining the importance of preventative healthcare in men:

Men’s Health Statistics

  • More than 70% of sudden heart attacks occur in men, making heart disease the leading cause of death amongst males.
  • Cancer is the second most common cause of death in men.
  • Men develop diabetes at a higher rate than women.
  • Complications arising from high blood pressure are more prevalent in men than in women.

These statistics, while concerning, emphasize the importance of regular health check-ups and preventative care.

Preventative appointments serve a dual purpose. They not only facilitate the early detection of potential health issues but also provide valuable insights that can help prevent future health incidents. Also, investing time and resources in maintaining good health is invariably more cost-effective than dealing with the financial implications of treating an illness.

Increasing health literacy is an important way of breaking down barriers and encouraging regular visits to the doctor. A comprehensive understanding of what preventative care is and why it matters can empower individuals to make informed decisions. Here are some tips.

  • Be patient. It may take a while for them to come around to being open about the topic
  • Have conversations about wellness appointments we all have, normalizing the experience
  • Make sure our loved ones have primary care providers first, then tend to direct care
  • Keep track of when the last appointment occurred
  • Support the reasons behind the hesitancy while encouraging that the appointment is made and attended

Trust plays a pivotal role in fostering open and honest communication with healthcare providers. Invest time in helping your loved one find a healthcare provider with whom you feel comfortable discussing your health concerns. Remember, health management is a collaborative effort that demands mutual trust and respect between patients and providers.

Conclusion

In the end, it is our collective responsibility to support the men in our lives in taking care of their health. Through understanding, encouragement, and the provision of necessary resources, we can help ensure they maintain their health and wellbeing, allowing them to be around for many more memorable moments.

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