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...

Cosmopolitan (India) - - MEN & YOU -

“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.

RISK FAC­TORS

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.

CHAT TIME

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.

Your physi­cian can keep an eye on ar­eas that get a lot of sun ex­po­sure Don’t sweat it Ken, just head to the den­tist reg­u­larly Drop­ping your box­ers isn’t as embarrassing as it seems— your

physi­cian has seen it all be­fore

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