Jun 17, 2016 11:58 AM

Top 10 excuses men use to avoid seeing a doctor and how to counter them


For some men, going to see a doctor is right up there with asking for directions.

Just in time for Father's Day, the American Heart Association has identified 10 excuses some men use to avoid medical appointments and 10 ways to counter those reasons.

  1. "I don’t have a doctor." Step one toward staying healthy is finding a doctor you trust. But you’ll never know if you trust one unless you try. Check your insurance company or local listings for doctors in your area. Call their offices and ask questions, or check around online. It’s also a good idea to check with friends and family for recommended doctors.

  2. "I don’t have insurance.” Everybody should have insurance under the Affordable Care Act. IN NH, you can get information about signing up online at www.coveringnewhampshire.org.

  3. "There’s probably nothing wrong." You may be right but … you’re not a doctor. That’s why you need one, to be sure. Some serious diseases don’t have symptoms. High blood pressure is one, and it can cause heart attack and stroke. Finding a health problem early can make a huge difference in the quality and length of your life.

  4. "I don’t have time." There are about 8,766 hours in a year, and you want to save … two? When those two hours could save your life if you really DO need a doctor? If you want to spend more time with your family, these two hours aren’t the ones to lose.

  5. "I don’t want to spend the money." It makes more sense to spend a little and save a lot than to save a little and spend a lot. If you think spending time with a doctor is expensive, try spending time in a hospital.

  6. "Doctors don’t DO anything." When you see a barber, you get a haircut. When you see the dentist, your teeth get cleaned. But when you get a checkup, the doctor just gives you tests. It may seem like you don’t get anything, but you do. You get news and knowledge that can bring better health, if you act on it.

  7. "I don’t want to hear what I might be told." Maybe you smoke, drink too much, have put on weight. Even so, your doctor’s there to help you. Be smart: Listen to someone who’ll tell you truths you need to hear. .

  8. "I’ve got probe-a-phobia." You don’t need a prostate cancer exam until you’re 50. Even then, remember that your chances of survival are much better if it’s caught early. Don’t let one test stop you from getting all the benefits of an annual physical.

  9. "I’d rather tough it out." If pro athletes can play hurt and sacrifice themselves for the team, you ought to be able to suck it up, right? Wrong! The Game of Life is about staying healthy for a long time – a lifetime.

  10. "My significant other has been nagging me to get a checkup." OK, so you don’t want to give in. But isn’t it POSSIBLE you could be wrong? Give in on this one. See the doctor.


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