Men often do not seek health care before they desperately need it. This means… men may not have a family doctor who knows them; that does not mean they do not need one. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force helped create the 2,3,4,5 Principle of Men’s Health.
Men should get physicals at a minimum of
- two times in their 20s,
- three times in their 30s,
- four times in their 40s,
- and every year in their 50s.
These are physicals—no acute problems or traumas— at the same visit. Each patient has a unique footprint: family and personal history, surgeries, medicines, allergies, travel history. This unique compilation of facts requires individual suggestions. Physicals address screening lab work, vaccines, or other preventive care that may of benefit.
The more you know about your own health, the better chance you’ll be around to reach your goals, enjoy life, and love your family.
If you are man who needs a family doctor, ask around for a good reference. If you are woman who knows a man without a doctor, please help get him to one. Make this life a good one.