June is Men’s Health Month. If there’s ever a time as a male to think about your personal health, now’s the time to do it. Over the next month we’ll be discussing men’s health issues and what you can do to improve.
Men in New Zealand on average live four years less than women, yet they’re far less likely to go to the Doctor if they’re sick, or for an annual check-up.
And generally speaking, men in New Zealand are not in very good shape. 6 out of 10 males are overweight, 1 in 4 are smokers, and 40 men are diagnosed each day with diabetes. Men are also at greatest risk of Cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Having regular contact with a health professional can go a long way to improve health outcomes. Our nurses can offer advice and tips to our clients during the Health Assessments and Pre Employment Assessments which many people find a lot of value in. But going to the doctor each year for a full check-up, even if you’re not sick, is one of the best things for your health.
The Men’s Health Website has a Men’s Health Checker which will tell your health risks based upon your age and what you should get checked.
If you’re going to your doctor regularly, they’ll tell you there’s almost nothing they can’t help you with. Even something like cancer is treatable if you catch it early. But if you haven’t been to the doctor for a few years, (some of us haven’t been for ten years or more), the fear factor can be massive. You almost don’t realise how big it is until call to book your appointment. Brave it out. Pick up the phone and make an appointment to see your doctor for a general check-up this week, even if you don’t think there’s anything wrong.
Find a Doctor
If you don’t have a doctor, go to healthpoint.co.nz and select “GPs (General Practitioners)” to find one in your area. Or, ask your friends who they go to. Some clinics are open after work and on weekends, and prices vary. Book an appointment and ask for a double length appointment for a Men’s Health Check-up. If you’re unsure what to say at your appointment, just say “I’d like to get a full health check-up”.