As most of my blog content is aimed at women, I thought I’d switch to a male-focused post for today after reading some alarming research by insureblue which supports the Blue Ribbon Foundation to raise awareness of male health issues.
1,000 men aged 18 and over were asked about their views on health and their attitude to seeing healthcare professionals for basic health checks such as blood pressure, measuring weight and cholesterol levels.
The respondents’ reluctant attitude to their health was unveiled in all its glory as:
One in five men admitted they have not seen their doctor in the last three years – 2% confessed they have never seen their GP.
Most worrying reading was centred on what conditions the men surveyed WOULD consult their doctor over. Only 65% said yes if they were experiencing chest pain. Men were not so concerned with breathlessness and blurred vision with only half of respondents admitting they would see their GP if those conditions arose.
The top condition men would definitely go and see their doctor about (82% confirmed this) was finding blood in urine/semen which is most reassuring to read as this can sometimes be a symptom of prostate cancer.
Surely any unusual symptoms are worth checking out with your doctor? Experts feel it is embarrassment which prevents men going to see their GP – but isn’t peace of mind worth the discomfort factor?
I’d love to hear male viewpoints on this – do you get the jitters at the thought of seeing your doctor? Why is this? And for those men reading who are cool with seeing their doctor and enjoy being health aware, please also share your thoughts too. The more male health chatter the better!