What is it about guys and going to the doctor? A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed men are 80 percent less likely than women to regularly visit a medical professional. In the spirit of Men’s Health Week, AFC/Doctors Express Urgent Care Indianapolis shares why men don’t go to the doctor, and why they really should.

  1. They don’t think anything is wrong. No nagging pains, no skyrocketing fever and nothing a couple ibuprofen couldn’t fix. But many of the problems that affect men’s health the most are only detectable by a medical professional. High blood pressure and diabetes are two common ailments virtually impossible to detect on your own.
  2. They’re worried about change. CDC FastStats reveal only about 53 percent of men over 18 met the federal guidelines for daily physical activity. It’s true a visit to your doctor might involve a conversation about what habits need to change in order for you to live a healthier life. What isn’t true is this conversation has to be a bad thing.
  3. It’s embarrassing. We get it. Every conversation that involves the words “prostate” or “testicular” is going to get a little personal, and that can be uncomfortable. Remember your doctor is a professional who will never share your information with anyone who does not need it. An awkward conversation is much easier than not having the right information about your health.

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Some people find visits to the doctor too uncomfortable or too time-consuming, and they put off making an appointment. That’s why AFC/Doctors Express Urgent Care Indianapolis offers medical care that is quick and efficient but also in tune with your specific needs as a patient. Happy Men’s Health Week!