Two-thirds of men believe they are healthier than most other men
- Many men assume that they are healthier than others.
- A recent national survey in the United States revealed that 33% of men do not feel the need to have annual health checkups.
- The survey also revealed that 65% of men think they are healthier than others.
- Nearly 40% of men surveyed said they get their medical advice from social media.
- Doctors are warning people to get regular checkups, so that undetected and minor problems don’t escalate into more serious conditions.
According to a national survey conducted in early May 2022 in the United States, a third of men do not think they need annual health screenings.
Almost two-thirds of people think they are “naturally healthier than others in general”. Additionally, nearly two in five participants said they often turn to social media for medical advice.
The Harris Poll conducted this survey online for Orlando Health in Orlando, Florida. The market research and consulting firm surveyed 893 American adult men aged 18 and older.
Dr. Thomas Kelley, a family medicine specialist with Orlando Health Physician Associates, is sure most of these men are wrong. He notes that “[i]It is statistically impossible for the majority of men to be healthier than the majority of men.
According to Dr Kelley: “Even if you think you are healthy and have no symptoms, there can be problems that often go unnoticed and can also be life threatening if left unchecked. . [including] increased blood pressure which can be a ticking time bomb for a heart attack or stroke, as well as colon cancer which is one of the most deadly yet preventable cancers in existence.
Although a substantial proportion of men surveyed believe they are healthier than most other men, the facts tell a different story.
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- In the United States, 13.2% of men aged 18 and over have “fair or poor” health
- 14.1% of men aged 18 and over smoke cigarettes
- 40.5% of men aged 20 and over suffer from obesity
- 51.9% of men aged 20+ have high blood pressure and/or were taking blood pressure medication
- in the United States, men die on average 5 years earlier than women.
In a recent Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) survey, 21% of white men, 25% of black men, 29% of Asian and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander men, 30% of Native American and Alaskan Native men, and 42% of Hispanic men reported not having a personal doctor or health care provider.
The survey also found that 7% of white men, 7% of Asian and Hawaiian or Pacific Islander men, 12% of black men, 14% of Native American and Alaska Native men, and 15% of Hispanic men had not seen a doctor. over the past year due to cost.
Physicians and public health experts have long studied men’s attitudes toward health care. They heard a plethora of justifications for not seeing a doctor.
Dr Kelley said men often focus on the health of everyone but themselves. Nearly 40% of men surveyed even prioritize the health of their pets over their own.
Medical News Today discussed this investigation with Dr. Mehran Movassaghi, urologist and director of men’s health at Providence Saint John’s Health Center and assistant professor of urology at Saint John’s Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, California. He did not participate in the research.
Dr. Movassaghi mentioned several factors explaining the reluctance of men to seek medical care. He said that many men feel or want to appear invincible:
“We are supermen; we never want to get sick. Were […] told by ourselves or by our friends [that] it’s almost like a negative connotation of going to the doctor.
Dr. Kelley suspects that fear is the underlying feeling behind men’s reluctance. “Whether […] you haven’t been to the doctor in a while, you don’t really know what to expect,” he says.
Dr Movassaghi posited that as breadwinners, men always felt they couldn’t afford to take time out for appointments. Not going there also gives them “no need to worry [if] they discover something. That would then mean time away from work and potentially their livelihood and all that.
Dr. Movassaghi has found that men’s attitudes towards health care are slowly improving.
He pointed out that increased attention to men’s health and well-being encourages men to take their health more seriously.
He also alluded to research showing that women largely influence how often men see a doctor. They are more likely to go as boys if their mothers see a doctor regularly.
About half of these men procrastinate on their health care between the ages of 18 and 50, Dr. Movassaghi said. However, as men age and begin to develop issues such as lower sexual performance, their wives may pressure them to get checked out.
Dr. Kelley points out that “[i]To take care of others in your life, you need to take care of yourself first, and that includes making that annual appointment with your primary care physician.
He pointed out that medical visits combined with a healthy diet, regular exercise, drinking plenty of water and reducing stress can go a long way in maintaining and improving overall health.
The doctor also said it’s never too late to start routine screenings and appointments. However, the earlier a person begins to manage their health, the better.