Talking about health issues with anyone can present uncomfortable challenges, but there may be specific areas of sensitivity when it comes to discussing health with men. At LifeBrite Early, we care about all our patients, regardless of their gender. But here are some specific tips for talking with the men in your life about their health.
A 2019 study by the Cleveland Clinic revealed that many men show resistance when it comes to discussing health with anyone. Of those surveyed in the study, 77% of married men said they would choose shopping with their partner over going to the doctor. And according to AARP’s Healthy Living report, 50% of Baby Boomer men feel their health issues aren’t anyone else’s business but their own. In the same study, nearly half of Millennials (and 56% of Gen Xers) indicated they have no one with whom they can comfortably discuss their health.
So how is a concerned loved one or friend to help?
Identify Screening Guidelines
The air of uncertainty around screening guidelines may make it harder to know when to request a test or consultation. Here are some basics that can equip you:
- Lipid panel testing to monitor cholesterol levels should begin for adults as young as 20, continuing every four to six years.
- Blood pressure monitoring is recommended every two years for men ages 18 to 39, switching to yearly if numbers reach a dangerous threshold.
- Adults between the ages of 40 and 70 years old are advised to undergo diabetes screenings at a minimum of every three years.
- Men between the ages of 50 and 75 (without a family history of colon cancer or polyps) are advised to receive colorectal cancer screenings every five to ten years. Those with family history should consult with their doctors about a more frequent screening cadence.
- Regular prostate cancer screening is one of the best methods for early diagnosis and treatment, and is recommended for men ages 40 to 54.
- Testicular cancer is significantly curable with early detection and proper treatment. Regular self-exams are how most cases are detected early.
Talk it Through
“A truly strong, healthy person embraces routine health care, health consultation and daily healthy habits to truly protect his body,” University of Florida expert on masculinity Glenn Good told Huffpost in 2016. Uncomfortable as men may be when it comes to discussing the matter, you can help ease the conversation by:
- Creating a safe space for discussing multiple issues
- Sharing your own personal concerns for their health
- Inspiring with stories from others
Overall, keeping your conversations positive, caring, and judgment-free will help — no matter why the man in your life may resist seeing the doctor.
Whatever check-ups, tests, or answers to questions are needed, LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early provides high-quality care and a wide range of services for both men and women. Reach out to us for consultation at 229-723-4241 or explore our website.
Learn more about LifeBrite
Atlanta-based LifeBrite, led by CEO Christian Fletcher, operates LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early, LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes, and Lifebrite Laboratories. To learn more about our services and facilities, visit our website or call 229-723-4241.