Health Magazine

Why Are Men Reluctant to Talk Health?

By Juliepen @Julie_Penfold
Dreamstime_10269389 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.

Two-thirds of men surveyed have family history of cancer, stroke and heart disease - yet more than half have not had basic healthcare checks in the last year.

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!


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Tresemme Botanique Detox and Restore Shampoo | Review

    Tresemme Botanique Detox Restore Shampoo Review

    Tresemme BotaniqueLuckily, I haven't faced many issues with hair and I didn't bother much for a good hair care routine. 😄 My hair care routine was only oiling... Read more

    6 hours, 14 minutes ago by   Niharika Verma
    HAIR & BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE
  • Refrain

    Refrain

    It's always nice to experience something out of the ordinary in St Helens, and on this occasion it was quite extraordinary as I took to the streets to view a... Read more

    6 hours, 49 minutes ago by   Mike Lindley
    ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC
  • Republique, the Pub & Terrace Lounge…!

    Republique, Terrace Lounge…!

    How many of you have that one favourite restaurant that you always visit because you know that nothing can go wrong with your food you are happy while... Read more

    7 hours, 58 minutes ago by   Anithanayak
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES
  • Ragin' Ripple Sale Happening Now! Plus Steak, Doublestone and the New Thin...

    Ragin' Ripple Sale Happening Now! Plus Steak, Doublestone Thin Lizzy Tribute with Mothership!

    Time for a huge, ragin' Ripple sale!Let's clear some space in the warehouse for some new, killer releases comin' down the line.While supplies last: $5 CD's and... Read more

    7 hours, 58 minutes ago by   Ripplemusic
    ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC
  • Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race 2017 – Day Two Review

    Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race 2017 Review

    Berghaus Dragon's Back Race 2017 - Day Two Review Start - Hafod y Llan Campsite Finish- Vanner Farm Campsite Distance covered - 58km Height climbed - 3,600m... Read more

    8 hours, 49 minutes ago by   Abichal
    OTHER SPORTS, OUTDOORS
  • And Now for Something Completely Different

    Something Completely Different

    A Black Vulture (and a road-kill groundhog.) As I was driving to the grocery store on Monday, I saw a flock of these birds, maybe twenty, at the roadside and wa... Read more

    9 hours, 28 minutes ago by   Vickilane
    CREATIVITY, PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Creamy Chive & Cheddar Dressing

    Creamy Chive Cheddar Dressing

    We have a bank holiday coming up next weekend and the good news is we are actually expecting some pretty decent weather with it! Salad weather! Yay! I love, LOV... Read more

    10 hours, 2 minutes ago by   Mariealicerayner
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES