Did you know that men go to the doctor approximately four times a year, whilst women go six times?
International Men’s Day was on 19 November, the day highlighted why men’s health is so important.
International Men’s Day provided the perfect opportunity for men to take their health and well-being more seriously and to make more regular trips to healthcare services.
Men and Physical Health
Research has proven that men are more likely to avoid a trip to the doctor. But why is this?
Some reasons include concerns about a worrying outcome, believing that their issue isn’t serious enough and not wanting to feel vulnerable.
Of those who do visit, 37 per cent admit to not telling the doctor everything during the course of their appointment. This may mean an incorrect diagnosis or missed signs of serious illness.
These figures must change, as doctors are noticing male patients often visit too late. This means life-threatening illnesses which could have been treated unfortunately become fatal.
Men and Mental Health
Men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women because they are less likely to seek help. The earlier people reach out for support, the more effective treatments will be.
Common treatments for mental health problems include therapy and medications which are effective in reducing symptoms.
Furthermore, suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35 in the UK. This statistic clearly shows the need for change and the need for men to start talking about mental health to access the support they need.
How can we change this?
International Men’s Day encouraged conversation about men’s health and well-being.
The day urges us to challenge and change these behaviours by encouraging men to seek help.
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