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Things we don’t talk about

Updated: Aug 8, 2023

Do you notice a common thread among all the men in this picture? They embody traits of hard work, love, care, devotion, and serve as inspiring figures – fathers, brothers, husbands, and sons.

But, there's something else they share – a challenge that often unites them: the struggle to find time for self-care and prioritizing their health.

Compared to women, men tend to visit the doctor less frequently, often seeking medical attention only when an issue arises.

Additionally, men are more prone to enduring years with serious medical conditions, resulting in an average lifespan 5 years shorter than women in the United States and 7 years shorter worldwide.

While the scarcity of time plays a significant role, differing priorities between men and women also contribute. Men often engage in conversations about current events, sports, politics, or their jobs, while health takes a back seat. Factors like the "fear of uncovering something serious" or the "discomfort of medical tests" further deter men from preventive care.

It's not uncommon to hear men admit that they visited a doctor to appease their partner's persistent encouragement. In fact, a survey revealed that 19% of men acknowledged this motivation, a sentiment I've encountered in my own medical practice.

Research underscores the fact that married men tend to live longer, highlighting the pivotal role partners play in their lives.

Recent times have seen a shift in men's attitudes towards health. A growing awareness, fueled by various stakeholders, has emphasized the importance of healthcare for men. However, women continue to stand as the cornerstone of healthier family lifestyles.

Our outreach extends to both men and women. We strive to demystify preventive care, making it accessible and easy to comprehend. Preventive healthcare holds a unique value, surpassing other forms of medical intervention. Though its benefits may not be immediately apparent, engaging in preventive care early on is proven to enhance quality of life and reduce long-term healthcare expenses.

We eagerly invite your thoughts on this matter. How can we encourage men to embrace preventive healthcare more readily? Feel free to share your insights and pass this along to your loved ones.


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