Most of us have several guys in our lives that we care about – significant others, husbands, sons, dads, brothers, and more.   June is Men’s Health month as well as the month for Father’s Day, so it is always a great opportunity to think about men’s health.   Are you aware of how YOU can be an important change-agent in your guys’ health, no matter who they are?


Research supports that women are more likely to visit a healthcare provider than men. 1  Studies have shown that women seek more health care in response to both physical and mental health concerns 2-6 and that  even when factoring in the increased health care needs unique to women (e.g., pregnancy and related care), women visit family physicians more often and report longer consultation times than men. 7 As women, we understand the importance of good health and can use that understanding to help our guys be healthier, whether it is through the practice of healthy habits, or getting to a healthcare provider for proper screenings.


Before we get into the “how we can help” discussion, what are the reasons why men don’t go to the doctor as often in the first place? We found a great blog post that shares some of the research about just that.8   From “not having enough time” to beliefs about being strong and reliant, to fear of diagnosis, to being uncomfortable with exams, there are a host of studies by prominent researchers that delve into the ‘why’s’ of why men do not go to the doctor.  And it appears that there are indeed multiple reasons.  But you know what the silver lining is?  We are in a great position to encourage our guys to take care of themselves and get to the doctor. 8  It turns out almost 20% of men admit to going to the doctor just so a loved one will stop asking them about it. Encouraging your loved ones about going to the doctor for annual check-ups – and yes, that may be called “nagging” to some, might save a life through early diagnosis or at least be reassured about a check-up with nothing noteworthy.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers great strategies for helping the men in our lives get and stay healthy.9


Supporting Healthy Habits:


You can support the men in your life by having healthy habits yourself and by making healthy choices.






Encouraging Men to See a Healthcare Professional and Get Regular Check-Ups


Encourage men to see a doctor or health professional for regular checkups and to learn about their family health history.




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1 Thompson, A.E., Anisimowicz, Y., Miedema, B. et al. The influence of gender and other patient characteristics on health care-seeking behaviour: a QUALICOPC study. BMC Fam Pract 17, 38 (2016).

2 Mackenzie CS, Gekoski WL, Knox VJ. Age, gender, and the underutilization of mental health services: the influence of help-seeking attitudes. Aging Ment Health. 2006;10(6):574–82.

3 Matheson FI et al. Physical health and gender as risk factors for usage of services for mental illness. J

4 Verhaak PF et al. Chronic disease and mental disorder. Soc Sci Med. 2005;60(4):789–97.

5 Carriere G. Consultations with doctors and nurses. Health Rep. 2005;16(4):45–8.

6 Nabalamba A, Millar WJ. Going to the doctor. Health Rep. 2007;18(1):23–35.

7 Nabalamba A, Millar WJ. Going to the doctor. Health Rep. 2007;18(1):23–35.

8 TriCity Medical Center.  Why Don’t Men Go to the Doctor as Often as Women?

9 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  National Men’s Health Week.