Men half as likely to visit the doctor, according to CDC study

Men's Health interview

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Sunday is Father's Day which falls right in the middle of Men's Health Month.

Studies show that men are more likely to make unhealthy and risky choices and put off regular check-ups and medical care. A 2014 study collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that men are half as likely as women to go to the doctor over a 2-year period.

Amy Ritsema from OnSite Wellness in Grand Rapids shared her advice on the three things everyone, not just men, should think about when maintaining their health. 

  • Awareness – What is your family history? What screenings should you be having done? Are you even aware of things you should be doing for your own health?
  • Choices – Move more, eat healthy, maintain a healthy weight, don't use tobacco, drink alcohol in moderation, sleep, manage stress.
  • Get your preventive screenings –  Eliminate the, "If I don't go, then nothing is wrong with me" mentality. When you think about preventive screenings, don't do them for yourself, but do them for the ones you love.

According to Ritsema, these are the key thing to focus on:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Mass Index
  • Diabetes
  • Cholesterol
  • Prostate Cancer (50 and over) 

Ritsema also recommends getting a physical at least every other year.

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