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Why is it that men suffer higher rates of illness, yet are less likely to visit a doctor? Check out these clever strategies to help motivate men to seek out more medical help, by nutritionist and personal trainer Andrew Cate.
Men's health is beginning to gain more attention in Australia, which is important when you consider the statistics that show men's health is in a worse state than women's.
Men are less likely to visit their doctor than women. They are less likely than women to have a preventative health screening, and they spend less time with their doctor when they do actually visit. Men often see themselves as strong, independent and self-reliant. To admit to having pain or some other problem could be seen as a confession of weakness or vulnerability. It threatens male pride, and it's thought that you should be able to ‘shake off' any health concerns. Unless men are facing a health crisis, many will simply soldier on. Many men feel they should be able to solve their own problems and are reluctant to seek help. But this places their health at risk, reducing their chances of preventing potential illness, or improving their management of illness through early detection.
With so many serious illnesses now largely preventable, it's important to find ways to encourage men to develop a relationship with their doctor, even if they're not on deaths door. Here are some strategies that may help to break down the barriers that prevent men from accessing health services.
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