Over My Dead Body
Most won’t go to a doctor for a general check up even if they know they have a family medical history that causes concern – for example an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes or cancer.
And 6 per cent would not get themselves checked out even if they developed chest pains.
Women More Proactive
Many however, will go to the doctor if they are pressured into it by their partner – backing past studies that have shown men in relationships enjoy better general health than single men.
The survey carried out by a UK insurance company suggest that men are embarrassed about discussing their health problems, sometimes because they think it shows weakness to do so.
Early Diagnosis Benefits
Many health problems, including cardio-vascular disease, diabetes and cancers have a much better chance of a good outcome if diagnosed early, doctors say. But men’s doctor-shy attitudes are hindering early treatment.
Despite two thirds of men surveyed having medical problems in their family history, more than 20 per cent have not visited a GP in the last 12 months.
The research was underdone for charity, The Blue Ribbon Foundation, which raises awareness of male health issues. The study found that 66 per cent of men had parents or grandparents who suffered from heart disease, cancer or a stroke.
Chest Pains Trigger
However, when questioned about this history affecting their own health only 65 per cent said they would consult a doctor if they had chest pains.
A worrying 6 per cent would never visit a doctor if they were experiencing chest pains and 7.8 million men across the nation would not see a health professional over profuse sweating, another common symptom of those diseases.
Shockingly, the research found that 2 per cent of men have never seen a doctor and 9 per cent have never weighed themselves, (a mindset that many women may see as positive).