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Don't Skip the Doctor

Men lead morbidity rates for almost every leading cause of death in the United States. There’s a reason for that.

Men aren’t proactive about going to the doctor. In fact, a 2009 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that they’re 80 percent less likely than women to have regular medical care. Often when men do go to the doctor, it’s because they either have symptoms they can’t ignore, or they are pushed into their visit by a loved one.

Reasons men frequently give for not going to the doctor include:

1. It Costs Too Much - Men tend to avoid doctor’s appointments because of concerns over whether or not they can afford it. Fortunately, many more people are covered by health insurance now, so the out-of-pocket expense might be less. It’s important to understand your coverage, including specific doctors and hospitals.

2. I Don’t Have a Doctor - Finding a doctor can be easy once you know who your insurance covers. Visit to find a primary care physician near you.

3. Avoiding Pain or Discomfort - Men sometimes worry they’ll have to undergo a procedure or test that will be painful or uncomfortable. Fear of the unknown is understandable and valid, but it’s also something that conversations with your primary care doctor can alleviate.

4. But I Feel Fine - Insisting there’s nothing wrong is another common excuse. While you might actually be fine, many conditions don’t show symptoms until they’ve already reached a serious state—lung cancer, for example. Some conditions, such as high blood pressure, might only be detected when something worse occurs, such as a heart attack or stroke. If you visit your doctor regularly, even when you feel fine, you can undergo the screenings that can identify an underlying problem. Together, you and your doctor can develop a plan to improve your lifestyle and lower your risk for health complications.

Living a healthy life takes commitment and involves doing things you don’t always enjoy. Regular visits to your primary care physician, however, are worth it. Consider them an investment in your future—and in your family’s.

Need a doctor? Tennova Medical Group is here to help. Our family practice office located on Tiny Town Road welcomes new patients of all ages. Call 931-502-2423 or visit Ask about our same- and next-day appointments.

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This publication in no way seeks to diagnose or treat illness or to serve as a substitute for professional medical care.

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