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June is Men’s Health Month

Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2017
This month, encourage the men in your life to get an annual physical on the books if they haven’t already, and to pay attention to their wellness and health behaviors.

Like stopping to ask for directions when you veer off path, regular doctor visits can save a you a lot of trouble down the road. Just as men, anecdotally, resist asking for directions, men statistically visit doctors less frequently than women, even when we subtract the visits only women need (like gynecological and pregnancy-related visits). No one ever said going to the doctor is fun, but it is essential to keep all things in check and catch any potential health pitfalls early.

A recent survey asked men why they avoid doctor visits: the most common reason was that they were too busy; others said they don’t want to get bad news, and others see doctor visits as uncomfortable. Men and women alike can feel uncomfortable with the amount of exposure and personal information shared at the doctor’s office, but undergoing a few minutes of discomfort can potentially prevent future health consequences and situations requiring many long and painful hours in the doctors’ office.

June is Men’s Health Month. Encourage the men in your life to get an annual physical on the books if they haven’t already, and to pay attention to their wellness and health behaviors.

Some common health concerns for men include:


Family and friends can help to set the stage for men to be more vigilant about health behaviors they can modify to reduce health risks, such as reducing or avoiding alcohol and drug use, exercising and maintaining healthy diets, taking precautions to prevent unintentional injuries, and getting screened for cancers. This month, wear blue on Fridays and look for local men’s health events in your area to show men you support them in taking control of their health for a stronger better community.