Men Less Likely Than Women to See Physicians Regularly
Scheduling routine care is important for overall physical and mental wellness; however, according to the CDC, men are less likely than women to have seen or talked to a doctor about their health within the past year.
Men are at a higher risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Preventive care from a primary care physician can help you to stay healthy and extend your life. Here’s why you should visit a primary care physician on a regular basis:
1. Access to and reminders about preventive screenings. Recommended screenings can ensure you have good heart health, help prevent type 2 diabetes and identify cancer symptoms early.
2. Manage your chronic conditions. If you have diabetes, asthma, arthritis or another chronic disease, your primary care physician can help you manage your condition.
3. Knowledge of your family and health history. Your primary care physician has a full picture of your family history and your health history to help address potential risks.
4. Lower healthcare costs. Receiving preventive treatment can lower your lifetime healthcare costs and reduce chances of serious illness and hospitalization.
5. Address health concerns before they become a problem. Seeing your family doctor when an injury or health issue is minor can help you avoid an emergency room visit later.
6. Referrals to specialists or other healthcare providers like physical therapy. Your doctor has a network of specialists and medical professionals they know and trust to help you with any specialized care you need.
7. Access to your health status and information. You can easily access your health information and records using your doctor’s patient portal.
Do you need a primary care physician? Physician groups at Memorial Health System are accepting new patients: