A survey on men’s health conducted by Cleveland Clinic revealed disturbing but not all that surprising news. Men don’t like to go to the doctor and nearly ⅔ of the men who responded to the survey say they avoid visiting their provider for as long as possible. Another frightening fact? Thirty-seven percent of the men surveyed said they withhold information about their health from their provider. Read on to learn why dads avoid going to the doctor.
Why Avoiding Your Medical Provider Can Result in an Early Death
When dads and other men skip out on their yearly wellness exam and physical, they are taking away their provider’s opportunity to detect early signs of a serious illness, condition, or disease. Yearly wellness checks and physicals can seem tedious and unnecessary when you feel fine and healthy.
But the truth is, many illnesses that lead dads into an early grave are known as silent killers because you may not notice any symptoms at first. By visiting your provider regularly for checkups you are increasing your lifespan and will likely start making changes for a healthier lifestyle.
Why Men Should Be Honest with Their Provider
Some questions asked at a wellness visit can be a bit embarrassing to answer. But these “embarrassing” questions, as well as questions concerning tobacco, drug, or alcohol use, are crucial to establishing the state of your current health. Your provider is bound by Hippa not to disclose your medical information to anyone without your permission so you can rest assured that your provider isn’t out sharing your medical history all over town.
The Superhero Syndrome: A Common Reason Dads Avoid Going to the Doctor
Some men avoid their provider simply because they believe they are healthy and can handle anything thrown their way. Dads in particular often take on the Superhero Syndrome because their children make him feel like a hero. Dads often forget that though they will always be a superhero in their children’s eyes, they don’t actually have superpowers like healing abilities to keep them going after an illness, accident, or injury.
Dads, do you know what would make you an actual superhero instead of just a pretend one? Scheduling your annual wellness check and physical with your provider today. We’re conveniently including our phone number right here so you can call to book your appointment, Need a visit today? Walk-ins are always welcome! Find us next to Dollar General on Mitchell Street in Guntown.