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Popular Excuses Why Men Avoid The Doctor's Office

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Each June, we spotlight Men's Health Month. As you know, overall health and wellness is an important part of living a full and happy life, but some men avoid going to the doctor regularly.

What do time, money and appearance all have in common with men's health? They're all frequently used by men as reasons, or excuses, to avoid going to the doctor.

Sound familiar? If so, here is some advice to get you, or the men in your life, to make routine, preventive health care a priority.

Here's a classic excuse: "I just don't have the time."

Experts agree, you need to make the time. "We don't want to wait until troubles start before we seek the advice and direction of our doctor," says Dr. Laurence Sperling of the Emory School of Medicine.

It is recommended to plan ahead for an appointment and bring along notes and questions to make it productive and worthwhile.

Another popular justification, money... "It costs too much."

Try looking at preventive care as an important investment. "It's much more sensible to approach health care dollars up front, as opposed to a large economic burden when there's a significant medical problem," says Dr. Sperling.

What about using one's appearance as an indicator of good health? "I look fine. I'm in good shape."

"Silent health problems such as having high blood pressure or diabetes, or high cholesterol, they can have a cumulative effect on your health," says Dr. Sperling.

The best excuse? Well, it just might be none at all.

   
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