A national survey of 519 men, commissioned by Esquire magazine found that 50% of men ages 18 to 50 don't have a primary-care physician, and a third haven't had a checkup in more than a year. Moreover, 40% of men in their 40s have never had their cholesterol tested and 70% have never had a prostate exam. The study also reveals that 75% of men say they get sick one to three times a year; 58% think about the healthiness of what they eat, but still indulge sometimes; 57% eat fast food one to three times a week; 43% say they are sedentary; and only 34% say they work out two to three times a week (19% say they never do). What gives guys? It's one thing to make poor health decisions, it's another to bury your head and not take the proper precautions to turn your health around.
While the results of this study are a bit disheartening, it's not all that surprising. In fact, we saw this coming and wrote an article to help a while back, "3 Tips to Get Your Husband to See a Doctor." This is a must-read if you or your man fall into these statistics. For more on the Esquire results, check out their April issue or read this article.