I know we guys hate going to the doctor. Why bother when we feel okay, right? Sometimes we even get fed up when the ladies in our lives (mothers, SO, girlfriend, wife, sister, friends) get on to us about not getting something checked out by a physician. I mean, come on, we’re guys and men are supposed to be tough. We’re not supposed to whine about every little pain. Why go to the doctor when it’s just something little that we can tough out and why bother going when nothing is wrong?
Well, the reason females live longer than males are due to many yet one of them is that we don’t go to the doctor that often and we don’t get our regular checkups. So it’s recommended that annual checkups be completed. Having tests and blood work done is no fun yet this once-a-year process can detect issues before they become serious. Plus the lab work that is done will give your doctor the much needed medical history that he/she can go by to help keep you healthy. Even if there is no health problems now, you should go for the annual blood work and tests to keep yourself healthy.
Even things that bother you emotionally and mentally can be discussed and examined during your checkup. It’s not just about your physical health but also your emotional and mental health. This is the time to discuss with the doctor things that you’re concerned about.
Maybe you can’t stop overeating or worrying about something. Perhaps trying to stop smoking is a big struggle for you. Talk to your doctor about this. He/she can help you with areas in your lifestyle (lifestyle choices) that you are dealing with and may be able to help you with some solutions.
Another reason why men don’t like going to the doctor is because it’s really not comfortable to talk to some stranger about your health issues and concerns. And it’s definitely not fun to have some stranger poking and prodding around. Annual checkups will help you get to know your doctor and for your health care provider to get to know you. Then it won’t be so uncomfortable. It won’t be like meeting someone you don’t know each time you do need a doctor. So get your annual checkup, get to know your doctor, and let him/her get to know you.