Why you shouldn’t wait to see if a health issue gets worse

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Whether it’s an ache that just won’t budge or you’re out of breath a bit more than usual — it’s common for men to monitor a health concern[1] and wait to see if it gets worse before getting help[2].

Often that’s because blokes don’t think that what they’re dealing with is severe enough, it’s not interrupting their daily life or they’re too busy to put their health first.

Sure, you might be lucky enough to see your niggle resolve itself but delaying a trip to the doctor can often have dire consequences. Aussie men have a higher rate of poor health in a range of troubling areas.

They make up the majority of premature deaths, have a lower life expectancy, a higher rate of suicide, and double the rate of heart disease, to name a few of them.

It’s important to see a doctor at the first sign something is off and take a proactive attitude towards your health (and not just what you think is serious) by getting regular check-ups.

You wouldn’t skip a car service

Knowing when to have your car checked is no different to keeping your body in peak condition.

Visiting your GP is like a maintenance check on your own machinery — better to catch a timing belt rattle, a wheel bearing rumble or a sudden drop-off in your vehicle’s performance before it leads to worse problems, takes longer to solve or becomes too worn out to fully fix.

Many men see a GP only as needed, rather than planning a visit on a regular basis. A study of over 13,000 Aussie men found that only 39% reported having an annual health check at their GP, which could be a missed opportunity for discovering overlooked symptoms and discussing other concerns.

There are also some health screenings to keep in mind as you get older, to catch any concerns before they’re too late to fix.

Book a tune-up

When we delay getting information from a health professional, minor issues can become major. It’s important to take action as soon as you notice something isn’t quite right so you can get back to your best health.

To learn more about the different health checks you need at each stage of life, visit malehealth.org.au

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