Three Reasons Men Should Go to the Doctor
By Larry Mann, MD, Bronson Family Medicine - Helmer Rd.
According a national health study conducted in 2017 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overall, men are 10% less likely to see a doctor than women.
Even though it can be intimidating, seeing your doctor regularly is important for your health – even if you feel all right. Early detection of a health condition can make it easier to treat or manage. Plus, if something serious does happen with your health, your primary care doctor can refer you to a specialist. Below are three reasons you should be seeing your doctor.
1. Annual Physical
No matter your age or current health, it’s important to establish care with a primary care doctor. Your provider is the person you will see if you’re feeling sick, as well as for your annual physical. Your annual physical is a great time to talk about health concerns, family history, overall health goals and the management of chronic conditions. You should feel comfortable talking to your provider about things that can feel deeply personal. Know that your doctor is there to help you be your healthiest self.
2. Mental Health
According to Harvard Medical School, men are less likely than women to recognize symptoms and to seek treatment for depression. This could be because of a culture that has made some men feel like they can’t show their emotions or vulnerabilities. Symptoms of depression can include loss of sleep, low energy, lack of motivation, frequent outbursts of anger, difficulty concentrating, substance abuse and more. If you or someone you know is dealing with any of these symptoms, talk to your primary care provider. Mental health is just as important as physical health.
3. Men-Specific Health Needs
Men - there are some health topics your mom, wife or another female in your life may not be an expert on. Knowing your body and being able to identify differences in the way it is working is important. Building a relationship with your primary care provider gives you a reliable person you can discuss your concerns with. According to the American Cancer Society, men should receive regular prostate exams starting at age 50. However, if are at a higher than average risk for prostate cancer, you should start regular exams at 40 to 45 years old. Talk with your provider about your options.
If you are looking for a primary care doctor, Bronson Care Advisors can help you choose the right one for you or your family based on insurance, location, medical needs and personal preferences. Learn more. To learn more about Dr. Mann click here, or call (269) 245-5430.