SEATTLE—Studies show men are more likely to smoke, drink alcohol and generally lead less healthy lifestyles. Yet they're also more likely to put off routine checkups and delay seeing a doctor when they're having health problems. Fortunately, doctors say many of the health conditions and diseases men face can be easily prevented... or easily treated if they're caught early.
23 year-old Adam Knight says " there was no reason for me to go...except that i had to because i wanted to take this scuba class, so it was a good thing that i did." He needed a sports physical to take the class. It was when he got it that his doctor found he had a congenital heart defect that needed immediate attention.
"They discovered some further complications, or recurrence of that same problem and were able to treat it."
Dr. Brett Daniel, Medical Director at Pacific Medical Centers says Adam is just like thousands of other men who just don't think they need to see a doctor.
He says "they'll know how many strike outs Felix Hernandez had last night... but they don't know what their blood pressure is, or what their blood sugar is... or even how much they weigh."
Dr. Daniel says men especially need to get regular medical advice since they're more likely to suffer from diseases like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. He says - take care of your health... for your own well-being and well-being of the people who depend on you, from now until retirement. "Make an appointment, see a doctor because you just don't know what's underneath."
And Dr. Daniel says if a prostate check has you worried and not seeing your doctor...you'll be happy to know, that's only a concern as you head into your 50's.