Men’s health Why do men avoid dr. appointments?


Why do men skip doctor appointments when sick and avoid screenings and checkups when well? What is it about that white coat that has some men dragging their feet?

Excuses. Excuses. Excuses. Here are four of the most popular ones. Plus, ways to rethink them and get yourself or the men in your life to go see a doctor:

  1. “I don’t want to spend the cash.” Look at it this way. If you think a visit to a doctor’s office costs too much, take a look at what a hospital stay would run you. Yearly preventive care checkups and screenings are worth it to catch issues early. And, most plans cover preventive care at 100%, so they may not cost you a thing.

  2. “There’s probably nothing wrong.” Sure — that may be true. Just know that a lot of diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes don’t have clear symptoms. But they can have serious effects on your body. For instance, high blood pressure can cause a stroke and heart attack.

  3. “I don’t have a doctor.” The first step is to use the resources available to you to find a doctor you can trust. Many health care provides have online tools that can help you find a doctor near you. It’s also a good idea to ask your family and friends to recommend one for you. Building a relationship with you doctor will help you feel much more comfortable over time.

  4. “I don’t have time.” Did you know there are 8,766 hours in a year? And out of those 8,766 hours, you only need to use about two of them to visit the doctor. In the big picture, two hours is worth it, especially if it can save your life.

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