If you've ever had to persuade your husband to visit the doctor, you're not alone. Men often exhibit denial, machismo and indifference about their health, especially when it comes to seeing a doctor—thankfully, most women have influence there. But how and when should you push the man in your life to seek routine care? Read on to find out.
Although an annual checkup isn't always necessary, it is important to have a family physician. A family physician can provide an ongoing relationship that results in a higher quality of care by handling a man's physical, mental and emotional health concerns and keeping track of his ongoing medical history.
Basic care for men of all ages includes blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, an influenza vaccination and other immunizations, like tetanus. If there's a family history of diabetes, men should be screened for the disease as early as their 20s. Otherwise, diabetes screenings should start at age 40. Prostate screenings typically begin at age 50, except for African-Americans and men with family history—they should get screened at age 40. Once men hit 50, they should talk to their doctor about colon cancer screening options.
Men often see their doctors because of spousal persuasion. In fact, according to the recent Men's Health Study conducted by Harris Interactive, 78 percent of U.S. males say their spouses or significant others have influence over their decision to go to the doctor. So don't stop at reminding him to take out the trash—spend some time persuading him to see a physician.
Zero in on what's most important to him or appealing to his emotions. Encourage the sports lover to get a clean bill of health before beginning a new activity. Remind the family man that he needs to be in good health to watch his kids grow old.