You take your car in for regular oil changes and keep your anti-virus protection up to date. But men put themselves at the bottom of the list when it comes to keeping tabs on their own health.
Guys, when was the last time you saw the doctor? If you can’t remember, you’re not alone. Research shows that men are 24 percent less likely than women to have seen a doctor within the last year.
Make your health and wellbeing a priority and put a checkup on your calendar this month. June is Men’s Health Month, and the goal is to increase awareness of preventable problems and encourage early detection and treatment of health conditions among men and boys.
“Men are less likely to have regular check-ups and tend to put off seeing a doctor after experiencing symptoms,” said Grace Adeniji, a nurse practitioner at Unum. “This month serves as a great reminder for men to schedule their yearly exams, set important health and wellness goals, and learn about important screenings they should be receiving.”
Here are 4 reasons a routine physical is so important:
- Heart health: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States.
- Stress management: Results from research conducted at the University of Michigan School of Public Health show that men are 50 percent more susceptible to the impact of stress.
- Blood pressure: You may think you’re in good health, however, most people who have high blood pressure don’t know it.
- Your colon: Beginning at age 50, men of average risk should follow have a colonoscopy every 10 years, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).