The truth is, many men aren’t seeing their primary care doctor regularly. But it’s important not to neglect your health or wait to visit your doctor until it’s too late.
Why should you visit your doctor even if you’re feeling healthy?
There are health concerns that affect only men, such as testicular and prostate cancer. And there are health risks that men are more prone to that could be treated if caught early enough.
No matter your age, a comprehensive physical examination with your healthcare provider is important to have on a regular basis. The frequency of your visits depends on your health history and personal risk factors. Preventative care such as routine screening for risk factors for common diseases and conditions in men the best way to stay healthy.
Regular check-ups allow you and your provider to build a relationship that will help you stay ahead of any issues. If a health situation pops up, these interactions and records will help your care team develop a personalized care plan for you.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Vital Statistics, the leading causes of death for men are:
- Heart disease
Fortunately, many threats to men’s health are preventable. Making a healthy diet and lifestyle choices can help you stay fit and improve your overall health and well-being.