Feeling Fine? Authors of New Men's Health Book "Total Male" Say That's No Reason to Avoid Regular Checkups
Now available on Amazon, "Total Male: Save Your Life by Taking Charge of Your Sexual Health" is a clarion call to men who have, for one reason or another, been reluctant to visit the doctor. "Total Male" brings together all the latest knowledge on men's sexual health and presents an actionable plan to "look better, feel better, love better and live longer." The book is also available online from Barnes & Noble.
Douglas Ginter and Mark Weis, MD, the authors of "Total Male," want to change men's minds about the importance of physical wellbeing, framing doctor visits as a way to be proactive throughout life. When presented as part of "being there" for one's family, men are far more likely to take their health and wellness seriously.
Today, the men's health picture is somewhat bleak. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reported that men are 25 percent less likely to see a doctor about a health complaint than women; instead, these doctor-averse men will wait until either a problem becomes unbearable or "goes away." Similarly, the American Academy of Family Physicians recently found that 55 percent of men had not seen a doctor in the past year, even for a routine checkup.
Men rationalize not going to the doctor in many ways. Evolutionary psychologists suggest that illness might be perceived as a chink in the armor of masculinity. Another reason could be that men are not socialized to talk openly about personal issues, especially health concerns. Perhaps the most reasonable explanation for doctor avoidance is fear – fear of learning bad news or fear that procedures could be awkward or painful.
"Many men stick to the notion that if they feel fine, then nothing's wrong," remarked Ginter, "but that couldn't be further from the truth. It's quite possible to feel fine even with a silent killer like heart disease, high cholesterol or high blood sugar lurking inside of you."
"Total Male" underscores the many links between sexual health and overall health. Erectile dysfunction, for instance, is a flashing neon sign that says "possible heart disease." Even when there are no underlying health problems, sexual dysfunction still significantly impacts confidence and quality of life.
Health and sexual function, when attended to properly, form a kind of positive feedback loop: good health leads to better sex, and better, more fulfilling sex leads to good health. Indeed, an active sex life should be part of any healthy living plan, alongside a smart diet and regular exercise.
Ginter's advice for overcoming doctor avoidance is to build a relationship with a physician through annual physicals. Meanwhile, "Total Male" offers clear, simple information for men who want to be in the driver's seat of their overall health and wellness.
You can also visit our new Total Male Medical Clinic in San Jose, California.
SOURCE Douglas Ginter