Men Aren’t as Healthy as They Think
Quick question, men: How do you think your health stacks up to that of your peers?
If you’re like most men—two-thirds, to be exact—you think you’re healthier than the average guy. That’s according to a new national survey of about 900 men.
Of course, that’s statistically impossible, since average means the middle mark. What’s more, these false beliefs are dangerous. The same survey found one-third of men don’t think they need annual health screenings.
A false sense of health proves harmful
Whether you’re a man yourself or someone who cares for one, this lack of attention to preventive care should be concerning.
After all, even the average man is less healthy than the average woman. Men die 5 years earlier—their life expectancy is about 75 years, whereas women can expect to live to more than 80.
Men also face a higher risk for serious diseases, including:
Males face unique health concerns too, including prostate cancer. And they’re more likely to engage in risky behaviors, including smoking and heavy drinking.
Men, reclaim your well-being
The good news for guys is that you can take control of your health. Start by booking yearly visits with your healthcare provider, even if you feel fine.
Many diseases don’t have symptoms at first. But screening tests can catch conditions like cancer and diabetes early, when they’re easier to treat. Ask your provider about testing for:
High blood pressure and cholesterol
Cancer, including lung, prostate, and colorectal
Bone health problems
Sexually transmitted infections
Depression and other mental health conditions
In addition, your provider can offer care that keeps you from getting sick in the first place. This includes vaccines for diseases like flu and medicines that ward off health issues—for example, vitamin D supplements to prevent fractures.