Men's Health Overview
- "Men often do not set their overall health condition or set prevention of
health problems as a high priority in their daily life."
- "Men, in general, seem to ignore health issues until they become noticeable
to others that are close to them (wife, family, or friends). Even then, in
many instances, many men need prodding to have themselves examined by a
- There is evidence in the health literature that lends support to these
statements. After seeing patients over many years, and after discussing
health problems with my family and friends and after being prodded by my wife to
take my own advice to others for checkups, I tend to think the above is true for
a large number of men.
- The reasons why health is a low priority for many men is complex and may
include such rationalizations as
- "I've been doing well, so far..."
- "I'm too busy and have to earn a living..."
- "I've been (fill in the blank_____) for years, so why should I change now..."
- "When I had problems before, I'd just keep on working and they would go
Consequently, for many men, accepting and understanding how important good
health habits and preventive medical care might be, is a struggle. Presenting it
similar to the care and preventive maintenance schedule of a car might be a way
of relating health care to a subject that is often familiar to them. A car
requires a specific range of fuel components to run well daily. A car needs
checkups to maintain its function and to detect when preventive maintenance is
needed over the years. For best performance, a car needs to be occasionally
driven and not simply run constantly at an idle or low speed. Although not a
perfect analogy, this same general approach should be taken for men's health
Unfortunately, a man's health is a bit more complicated than choosing between
three or four fuel mixtures and checking the tire pressure. This article will
first present a general approach for men to take to maximize their chances for
continued good health; the second part will discuss some of the major problems
that men may encounter during their life journey that can affect their health.
However, if male readers do not take that first step and realize they need to
act responsibly and not take their health for granted, then it is probable this
article will have no impact on them.
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