COLUMBUS, Ga., June 8, 2021 / PRNewswire / – As part of Men’s Health Month in June, created to raise awareness of health issues specific to men, Aflac published the findings of his new 2021 survey on men’s health issues. The study suggests that men’s optimism about their health isn’t necessarily realistic, and one of the most common motivations for men to see their doctor – the women in their lives – can often lead to arguments. .
According to national online survey out of 1,000 American men, 90% said they led at least a fairly healthy lifestyle, but CDC and NHANES research suggests men may have disconnected perceptions of their health. the CDC Reports that almost half of men have high blood pressure, and according to NHANES, 43% of men are obese, not to mention the fact that a number of health problems are unique or much more common in men than in women, such as certain cancers and heart disease.
The motivating voices of reason for men
Men agree that a positive and encouraging push to go to the doctor can help, with 44% saying their spouse or partner (wife, girlfriend, husband or boyfriend) persuades them the most to see a doctor. doctor. Women, in particular, are the most attracted, with more than half (56%) of men saying their wives, girlfriends or mothers persuade them the most to go to the doctor.
However, the topic of going to the doctor can be controversial for men. Although 50% say they discuss health issues with their loved ones (wife, girlfriend or mother), 43% said they had a fight with them or hid their health issues.
Identify the barriers to better health for men
Lack of education and awareness. The Aflac survey notes that only a third of those polled feel well informed about the various diseases and conditions that commonly affect men, while 45% have not seen their doctor for an annual check-up in the past 12 months. , which makes them vulnerable to potential health problems. problems without the possibility of early detection.
Negative reasons or beliefs that prevent seeking help. Although 37% of men say they have a strong relationship with their primary care physician and 65% say they are transparent about their lifestyle and health issues with their doctor, more than half (58%) agree with at least one of the following reasons preventing them from obtaining proactive health care:
- It’s easier to go to a walk-in emergency care facility or emergency clinic to see a doctor rather than my attending physician.
- Most ailments will heal on their own.
- I’m too busy at work to see the doctor.
- I feel like going to the doctor makes me feel less masculine.
Men also have apprehensions about seeing a doctor. More than one in five men (21%) said they were afraid or anxious about a doctor visit. This number rises to almost a third (29%) for men aged 18 to 34 compared to 18% of their parents’ generation (50 to 64).
High cost of medical care. This is another concern for men, with 45% of them reporting that they have postponed or avoided medical treatment in one form or another because of costs in the past 12 months, including:
- Do not continue with medical examinations and follow-up treatments recommended by doctors.
- Do not fill a prescription drug after consulting a doctor for a health problem.
- Avoid going to a doctor for signs or symptoms of serious illness or injury.
“Whether it’s a fear of the doctor, high costs, perceptions around masculinity, or a general lack of urgency, men too often shy away from preventative care,” said Jeramy Tipton, senior vice president of the expansion of distribution and consumer markets at Aflac. “The survey results clearly show that there is a need for more education and discussion on men’s health issues, as well as additional resources such as complementary insurance to help pay for medical bills that seem to deter many men from taking care of themselves. “
Those looking to get men to seek proactive care may want to address their concerns about the high cost of medical care. For example, 10% of men indicated that receiving a cash benefit directly as part of an insurance claim would be a primary motivator for them to see a doctor.
“By encouraging men to seek proactive care for their well-being, loved ones may be more successful if they consider how to help them alleviate concerns about medical costs,” Tipton added. “A tool for men’s financial toolkits is Aflac complementary insurance, which helps cover expenses that health insurance does not cover. Some policies include a wellness or health screening benefit that pays out quick cash benefits to stay on top of health. “