Health, Doctor Visits | Angies List Tips

Health, Doctor Visits | Angies List Tips

Rubbing some dirt on what ails them may be the preferred medical plan of most men, but a new national survey reveals this treatment plan has a bad side effect – and it’s not just the men who are suffering.

More than 30 percent of wives responding to the latest Angie’s List survey said their husbands do not see their doctor

Medical experts say regular monitoring for diabetes, testicular and colorectal cancer, and other issues can help stave off – or invoke early treatment regimens for those diseases and other medical issues. According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control, women live five years longer than men on average, compared to just a one-year difference in 1920.

Angie offers some tips to help men feel more comfortable with their doctor:

  • Ask a buddy: Talk to your friends and family about doctors they use and check out member reports on doctors on Angie’s List to help find one that best suits your needs.
  • Just do it: The easiest way to build a relationship with your doctor is to see him or her regularly. Scheduling a yearly exam – or more, depending on your medical condition – is important to maintaining a comfortable relationship with your doctor and in monitoring your evolving health.
  • Speak up: Your doc might throw some big words around when discussing your health, so don’t settle for being in the dark if you don’t understand the lingo. It’s your body. Make sure you comprehend the facts and don’t be afraid to seek a second – or even third, or fourth – opinion. Also, if you have questions coming into the exam, write them down and ask them early in the appointment.
  • Know your vitals: An informed patient is more likely to recognize potential health problems if he knows what to look for. Learn what your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels should be. Find out how often you should be screened for men’s-only health issues, like prostate and testicular cancer.
  • Lose the ego: Going to the doctor is not a sign of weakness. Though men are often raised to “shake it off” and “tough it out”, simply ignoring pain or a change in their health won’t make the problem disappear. In fact, ignoring some problems make them much, much worse.

It’s never too late to start seeing your doctor, so if you’ve been putting it off, consider making that appointment. Do it for your wife, do it for your family, but most importantly, do it for yourself.
*1,046 Angie’s List members took our poll. Responses are representative of Angie’s List members, but not the general public.

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