The 3 Check- Ups Your Guy Needs Now
Does your man have Iatrophobia— fear of going to the doctor? Chances are he does, as only 49% of men have annual check- ups. Here’s how to make him health- conscious...
“Ihad to get naked in front of the general physician ( GP). If I had known that it was going to happen, I probably wouldn’t have gone even with my family history of melanoma and my wife on my case about it,” admits Gaurav, 29.
Embarrassment is one of the main reasons guys don’t visit the doc, especially if it has to do with their genitals, sex or their self- esteem. Which is why, in Australia, National Men’s Health Week is unleashed each year. “It’s about encouraging men to make the right choices; to improve their lifestyle and well- being in all aspects of their health,” says Anthony Brown, Men’s Health Week co- ordinator.
HIS CHECK- UP CHECKLIST
According to Dr Ronald Mccoy, from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, “Guys need to start thinking about a health check- up as a tune- up. Just like they put their car in for a service when nothing’s wrong, the same goes for them.” Your man should book in for a visit to his GP once a year for a general check- up, a cancer check, and blood pressure and cholesterol levels. He should also have a basic dentist visit every six months and an eye test every two years.
There are three things that guys need to be conscious of when it comes to their health, explains Dr Mccoy. “Generally, men aged 18- 30 are pretty healthy, but despite what they think, they aren’t invincible,” he says. “The biggest risk for men in that age group is injury, mainly from incidents that are related to alcohol and binge drinking, car accidents and physical hazards, such as gym injuries or pulling muscles. Mental health problems such as depression, self- harm and suicide are another big issue for men.”
Guys also need to consider lifestyle factors, says Dr Mccoy. “Smoking, poor nutrition, alcohol consumption and a lack of physical activity can lead to obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer,” he says.
Talking to your man about his health can be a struggle— it’s a fine balance between caring and sounding like a nag. Psychologist Dr Jeremy Adams, from Eclectic Consulting, says that hounding your man into visiting the GP is the last thing you should do. “Try conversation starters such as, ‘ I’ve noticed you’ve been drinking more lately, are you feeling okay?’” he says, adding that the trick is to get them to start thinking about their own health.
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