Here’s a good one for you: the majority of men think that they are healthier than the majority of men.
This statistical impossibility is the finding of a new online survey recently conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of Orlando Health. It seems like a tale as old as time: machismo getting in the way of good health.
The survey found that 65 percent of men believe that they are healthier than others and that 33 percent believe annual physical screenings are unnecessary.
All the while, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and colon troubles run rampant.
Even if you’re one of the majority who thinks they’re in good health, annual trips to the doctor can pay major dividends. Just because you’re not experiencing any symptoms doesn’t mean there might not be something wrong.
For example, rising blood pressure, a troublesome colon, or ailing liver health, doesn’t really show up immediately. Annual screenings can take a look and flag anything that looks like trouble long before you may feel a symptom.
Many health problems develop slowly over time, and the earlier something is caught, the better and more effectively it can be treated.
The survey also found that close to 40 men get their health advice from social media, which can be very risky if not from a reputable source.
It’s possible that fear plays a role in why many men don’t go to the doctor. But actually going, and developing a good relationship with your primary care physician, is one of the best things that can be done to quell that fear.
Making annual trips for a check-up, plus eating a healthy diet, getting exercise, drinking plenty of water, and managing stress, can all help to establish better overall health.
Remember, it’s a lot easier to go for a check-up every year than go on to develop a serious health condition, like heart disease or high blood pressure, and find yourself in the emergency room.