Monday, February 8, 2010
Why Don't Men Take Better Care of Themselves? According to a 2001 CDC report, women are 33% more likely than men to visit a doctor. This gap narrows as men get older but in general most put off seeing their physician until they are very sick. There seems to be a disconnect in their minds between doctor visits and preventative health-care maintenance. Many of the top causes of death among adult males (heart disease, stroke, depression, prostate cancer, and lung cancer) can be averted but only if they are found and treated early. Dr. Jean Bonhomme, a board member of the MHN places part of the blame on society in general, which expects boys to be tough and ignore pain. "As people get older, however, the rules change. A little pain can get worse, or signal something more serious going on in the body."
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