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Men, You Need to See The Doctor, Too

Only 60 percent of men get a checkup every year, and almost 10 percent haven’t set foot inside a physician’s office in a span of 10 years.

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The numbers tell the story. Only 60 percent of men get a checkup every year, and almost 10 percent haven’t set foot inside a physician’s office in a span of 10 years. Perhaps these numbers explain why women live an average of almost seven years longer than men. “Women are experienced health-care consumers, and they know how to deal with doctors,” says Kenneth Goldberg, M.D., of the Male Health Institute at Baylor Health Center, in Irving Texas, and author of How Men Can Live as Long as Women. “Men simply don’t.”

According to researches and surveys, there is an array of reasons why most men have to be dragged to the doctor: They are more uncomfortable than women in discussing their health problems; they prefer to tough it out when they’re sick; and worst of all, they wait until they are really sick before seeking help, so the news they get is often not good.

The great irony is that some of the most common medical problems men face as they age—like heart disease – can be cured or at least controlled by adopting better health habits.

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  1. Great article! Going to the doctor is very important not only when you are sick, but like you said to get that yearly checkup, which reminds me, I need to schedule my appointment even though this article is for men. lol

  2. A very important message. As it happens I am off to the doctor tomorrow for my review appointment.

  3. Important message, but out of 100 percent men, only 10 percent will go to the doctor. Not unless they are about dead.

  4. Getting a check-up is very important to preventing a major problem down the road.

  5. I have to admit to being guilty of this. I have not seen a doctor in years.

  6. I didn`t know that the figure was as high as sixty percent!

  7. nice articles

  8. Hi Athena, I will share it to my husband.

  9. very good article

  10. You are right. men are guilty of this folly.

  11. Excellent message to get out there to all men! As you stated a lot of today’s problems can be solved but they sire can’t be if there is no doctor to diagnose. Terrific write Athena!

  12. Excellent message to get out there to all men! As you stated a lot of today’s problems can be solved but they sure can’t be if there is no doctor to diagnose them. Terrific write Athena!

  13. Wow! This should be read by all men (and women too)!

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