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Men Don't Talk About Their Health

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By    |   Friday, 19 Aug 2016 01:59 PM

It’s known that women tend to go to the doctor more than do men, but a new survey finds that guys are also reluctant to discuss their health concerns – especially with each other.

The survey, conducted by the Cleveland Clinic finds that when men get together, more than half say their health isn't something they want to talk about – unless they want to brag about heroic sounding injuries or reveal they've survived a close-call, in a carpentry accident, for instance. But when it comes to other health concerns – especially erectile dysfunction (ED) or urinary problems, such issues are rarely discussed. Instead, men are far more likely to discuss with male friends their views on current, sports or their job than their health, the survey finds.

The findings come from a national telephone survey of 502 American men age 18 or older, which was undertaken as part of the Cleveland Clinic’s “MENtion” it campaign to encourage men to pay attention to their health.

 “This survey illustrates the fact that men need to pay attention to their health and take steps today to talk about it, make an appointment and get the necessary screenings that could impact their lives,” says Dr. Eric Klein, chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute. “With more health resources and services available for men today than ever before, there really is no excuse for men not to talk about their health and take control of it,” he adds.
The surveys findings include the following:

  • Forty percent of men don’t get annual check-ups and 19 percent admitted going to the doctor only to stop a loved one from nagging them about it.
  • When men discuss their health, they brag about hero injuries (36 percent).
  • Forty-two percent wait until they’ve had a “close call,” (like stitches from a carpentry accident) to talk about it.
  • Only five percent of men discuss erectile dysfunction (ED) with their male friends, and only three percent mention urinary tract issues.
  • Overall, men tend to turn to their spouse or significant other first to discuss a health issue (48 percent).
  • One-fifth of men (22 percent) do not discuss private topics such as health or relationships with anyone. Baby Boomers are especially private in this regard, with only one-third having more than one person they feel comfortable sharing such information with, compared to 47 percent of Millennials.


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A new study confirms that men, long known to go to the doctor less than women, also don't like to discuss their health, especially with each other.
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