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 well-being 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.
“It is very important for men to take time for their health especially during Men’s Health Month,” said Tekeela Belk, RN, with Colonial Life. “Scheduling yearly exams, setting health and wellness goals, and re-evaluating their emotional health are just a few examples of how men can take charge of their health this month.”
Here are 4 reasons why you should schedule a routine physical:
- Heart health: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States.
- 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),
- 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.
So, guys, figure out who your doctor is, look up their number and make an appointment.