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The Real Excuses Men Use to Avoid Going to The Doctor

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The Real Reasons Men Hate Going to the Doctor

Men seem to avoid the doctor’s office like it’s the plague. They tend to “tough it out,” claim to be too busy or say they feel fine. What many men do not realize is that by skipping out on regular appointments, they are putting their own health and lifestyle at risk.

Here are a few reasons men hate going to the doctor:

“I don’t have time.”

How important is that marathon on TV or another round of golf? There are nearly 9,000 hours in a year. So why do 12 percent of men say they don’t have time to go to the doctor? Taking one or two of those hours to visit a doctor could prevent a serious illness or even save your life.

Reasons to Visit the Doctor

Although you may feel healthy, you may not necessarily be healthy. Many life-threatening diseases common in men have few, or even no, symptoms. For example, prostate cancer, the most common cancer among men, doesn’t usually display symptoms in its early stages.

“There’s nothing wrong.”

You may be right, but are you sure? Serious diseases like high blood pressure don’t display any symptoms, but they can cause heart attack and stroke, thus the name “The Silent Killer.” The same goes for diabetes. Some people don’t even realize that they have developed Type 2 diabetes because the symptoms are so mild.

Reasons to Visit the Doctor

If you have a family history of particular medical conditions, you can’t be certain that there’s nothing wrong. Only a medical provider can tell if you’re healthy. Discovering a health issue early on can be the difference in the quality of your life.

“It’s too expensive.”

Visiting the doctor can be pricey, and deductibles and copays can hurt your wallet, even if you have health insurance. Don’t let cost deter you. If you want to save money, don’t be afraid to ask for samples of medications that your doctor prescribes. Always remember, living a healthy and happy life is priceless!

Reasons to Visit the Doctor

A doctor’s visit is a lot less expensive than a stay in the hospital. During 2010, the average cost of a hospital stay for adults ages 45-64 cost around $12,000. For an existing patient, a doctor's visit averages right around $100. It makes more sense to spend a little money now and save a lot, and possibly your life, doesn’t it?

“I don’t have a doctor.”

Since men don’t regularly visit a doctor, it comes as no surprise that they often don’t have a regular primary care provider. It may take some time before a man finds a doctor he trusts. Finding a doctor who a man connects with will help encourage him to regularly visit his doctor. Call a few doctors’ offices in your area and ask them questions. Do some internet research and ask family or friends for their advice in finding a provider you can connect with!

Reasons to Find a Doctor

By finding a regular primary care physician, a man will feel more comfortable talking about his health concerns and asking those “embarrassing” questions. UnityPoint Clinic has a team of skilled professionals that can help you or your man feel comfortable about visiting the doctor regularly.

How to Get Your Man to The Doctor

Sometimes a man needs encouragement to go to the doctor. He may feel like you’re nagging him, but let him know you care about his health, and that’s why you want him to go to the doctor! 

Help Him by Researching Doctors

The push your guy may need could require you to do some research for him. Create a list of clinics in convenient locations, like your neighborhood or close to his place of employment.

Give Him the Occasional Gentle Reminder

If you and your man have children, he is a role model to them and needs to send a positive message. Remind him that if his children see him taking care of his health, they’ll be more likely to follow his lead and value their own health now and in the future.

Avoid Nagging

Be encouraging, but don’t constantly remind him that he has yet to visit the doctor. He may be avoiding the doctor because you have been nagging him, and he sees it as “giving in” if he makes an appointment. Emphasize that you worry about his health and that without his health, living a happy life can be difficult.

No matter if it’s you, your man or your children, visiting the doctor regularly should become a part of your health care routine. Regular visits can help you and your family stay healthy and prevent chronic conditions, keeping you on the go and living a happy, lively life!