Many men are hesitant to visit the doctor, and it is estimated that women are 33 percent more likely to go to the doctor with health concerns than men. Men also have shorter life expectancies than women. This makes sense when you consider how men are usually socialized to “suck it up” and “throw some dirt on it” rather than seek help for medical issues. However, there are many health conditions that could be prevented by early screening. Therefore, it is important for men to put aside their prides and head to the doctor on a regular basis. In this blog, we will go over the most common men’s health concerns that you should be screened for through annual men’s physicals.
Heart disease is the number-one killer of all people, but nearly twice as many men die of issues related to the heart. The CDC tells us that a quarter of all American men have some type of heart disease. Men are also more likely to have a heart attack earlier in life than women; the average age of first heart attack is 65.8 for men, as opposed to 70.4 in women. This means it is especially important for men to take steps early in their lives to prevent heart disease. While you cannot control your sex, age, or genetic background, there are certain risk factors for heart disease you can control. For example, smoking increases your risk of heart disease, as well as having high blood pressure and cholesterol and being physically inactive and/or overweight/obese. Starting from a young age, men should regularly test their cholesterol and blood pressure with their doctor, not smoke, and be physically active.
Men are 1.25 times more likely to have a stroke than women. As the third leading cause of death in the U.S., it is imperative for men to take this risk seriously. The most important risk factor when it comes to stroke is hypertension. Therefore, it is important to take preventative steps against hypertension. These steps are very similar to that of preventing heart disease: exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and see your physician every year to test your cholesterol and blood pressure.
Men have a particularly difficult time seeking help for mental health issues. This may be why depression is so underdiagnosed in men. This does not mean that men are not affected by this serious issue; men are four times more likely to die by suicide than women. For many men, they don’t recognize depression within themselves, or their friends and family members remain oblivious of their pain, because the symptoms of depression often manifest differently in men. Many men with depression feel more angry than sad, and end up engaging in risk-taking behavior and substance abuse more often than women. If you have not been feeling like yourself recently, talk to your physician about your concerns, and we can connect you with the resources you need.
At our men’s health clinic, we can help you with prevention and treatment of a variety of health concerns, including those listed above. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our men’s health clinic in Glendale.