The Top Four Excuses Men Use to Avoid the Doctor (And How to Make Them Go!)
By Kristen Dunleavy
I am reasonably certain that my dad hasn’t seen a doctor in the past, oh, 20 years. Yep, no check-ups, no dentist, nothing. Yet the man eats pizza like we’re on the brink of a mozzarella famine, and somehow appears to be in perfect health. I have to say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – good genes, bad decisions. I too love pizza and happen to be excellent at the art of avoidance.
In honor of dads everywhere this Father’s Day, here are the top excuses that most men use to dodge scheduling a doctor’s appointment…and some tips to make the men in your life finally go!
The excuse: “I’m not sick.”
There’s this little thing called preventative care. Have you heard of it? That’s the entire point of check-ups – to detect and treat an issue well before it blows up in your face. It’s super important to get screened for blood pressure, cholesterol, and especially for men between 40 and 75, prostate cancer.
How to make them go: Remind them of the many risks of NOT seeing a doctor, like the fact that nearly 30 percent of men in a recent survey who had avoided the doctor ended up with a diagnosis of hypertension. And that’s just ONE of the potential risks.
The excuse: “I’ll deal with it on my own.”
Last summer, my friend’s husband cut his hand on a fishing trip. Assuming it was no big deal, he wrapped it up and continued swilling beer. By the next day, the cut was rife with infection and required a costly visit to the ER and weeks of antibiotics. The moral of this story? You probably can’t deal with it on your own!
How to make them go: Remind them that the consequences of putting off seeing a doctor could seriously impact their well-being (and wallet). Also? Be sure to remind them that they are not a doctor (unless, of course, they are).
The excuse: “I’m too busy.”
You’re too busy, or you’re too lazy? Because, come on, who doesn’t have a zillion things going on these days? Plenty of doctors have extended office hours, so the lack of time excuse isn’t a valid one.
How to make them go: An appointment to get screened could literally take just 15 minutes. If that fails, I’d remind them that a doctor’s appointment could potentially get them out of work early.
The excuse: “I’m afraid.”
You know what else is scary? Cancer! Diabetes! STIs! Bacterial Infections! You get the picture. Honestly though, going to the doctor can be totally scary – but the consequences of NOT going are much more frightening.
How to make them go: Remind them of the above and set the example yourself. The men in your life will be far more encouraged if you practice what you preach!
How do YOU help encourage the men in your life make healthy decisions? Tell us in the comments section!