Why Is Men's Health Important? | AFC Urgent Care | Portland

That's a bit of a trick question! Men's health is important for the same reason women's health is important—we all need to do what we can to protect our health and wellness.

June is Men's Health Month, though, which is why our team at AFC Urgent Care Portland wants to shed some light on how men can take care of their health. Read on for some insight!

Why Are Checkups Important?

This is a question we often get from men, who are more likely than women to find excuses to avoid visiting the doctor. But checkups are vitally important for a number of reasons!

Think of it like this—you take your car to the mechanic for regular maintenance checks. So, shouldn't you do the same for your own body? Checkups allow your doctor to keep a good gauge on your health and ensure you don't have any underlying health issues.

Benefits of Regular Checkups

  • Important communication between yourself and your doctor
  • Reminders about age-appropriate vaccinations and tests
  • Ability to uncover health issues at early stages
  • Guidance about healthy living and illness prevention

What Are Some Common Health Issues for Men?

Many of the common health conditions overlap between men and women. So, conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure are common among men.

But it's important to note that men often die at an earlier age of those conditions than women do—a sign that they aren't seeking the care and treatment they need to properly manage the condition. That's why it's so important to have regular checkups and to follow through on guidance from your doctor.

Top Causes of Death Among Men

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Unintentional injuries
  • Stroke
  • COPD
  • Diabetes
  • Flu/Pneumonia
  • Suicide

Men, is it time for a checkup? Schedule an AFC TeleCare appointment with us to get the care you need from the comfort and safety of home.