Men ignore regular health checkups at their own risk


I have a primary care doctor. I went through a few years when I didn’t have one. But with my health issues, having a primary doc as a traffic cop of sorts is important to me for quality of life and longevity of life.

Esquire magazine finds half of all men don’t have a doctor at all. In addition, nearly half haven’t had any tests for leading indicators of disease. Yet 75% say they were sick in the last 12 months. So it’s not like they’re not getting sick and that’s why they’re not in need of health care.

There’s a huge gap between women’s and men’s health. You see that in life insurance rates because women statistically outlive men. Since we’re a post-industrialized economy, men are overwhelmingly not having their lifespans shortened because of dangerous or strenuous labor. So the difference in lifespan between men and women is about their habits, the way they take care of themselves and if they have a doctor they can go see.

I know most guys won’t hear me on this. So I want to petition the women in my audience to lean on their guys to get them to take better care of themselves. You may need to be the motivating force in your guy’s life.

Remember, we’re here on Earth to have a good time, to care for ourselves and to care for others. You don’t want your time cut short.

And while we’re on the topic, when was the last time you exercised??

Editor’s note: This segment originally aired in April 2011.

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