Don’t wait until it’s too late – schedule a physical today

GEHA | June 10, 2021

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Regular doctor’s visits – regardless if you’re sick – are a vital part of helping you avoid future problems.

Here’s a quick quiz for all the men. Pick which task you’d like to do least:

  • Mow the lawn
  • Clean the bathroom
  • Go to the doctor

If you picked the last option, you are not alone. A 2019 survey revealed 72% of men would rather do chores than go to the doctor. But regular doctor’s visits – regardless if you’re sick – are a vital part of helping you avoid future problems. For example, high blood sugar and high cholesterol don’t have many obvious symptoms in the early stages. A simple blood test can look for these conditions.

Physicians recommend men get a routine physical exam every other year once they turn 18, then move to an annual physical starting in their 40s. This exam will include:

  • Blood pressure check
  • Cholesterol screening
  • Diabetes screening
  • Immunization screening
  • Infectious disease screening
  • Testicular and prostate exam

During the exam, your physician will typically ask about emotional health, diet and exercise, alcohol and tobacco use, family history and risk for certain diseases. This is also an excellent opportunity for you to bring up any questions you may have with your physician. Don’t be afraid to come prepared and bring a list.

Over time, the information collected during physical exams becomes a key part of your personal health history. If performed regularly, your doctor will be able to identify potential problems early and look for – and address – any trends.

If you don’t have an established physician, GEHA has tips for finding the right primary care physicians. You can also search for an in-network physician near you.


Sources:
“Why men don’t go to the doctor.” aarp.org, AARP, 6 September, 2019.
“Health screenings for men ages 18 to 39.” medlineplus.gov, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 25 May, 2021.
“Health screenings for men ages 40 to 64.” medlineplus.gov, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 25 May, 2021.
“Physical examination.” healthline.com, Healthline, 20 January, 2020.
“What is a physical exam and what can you expect?” dignityhealth.org, Dignity Health, 2 May, 2017.