“Hey man, have you had a check up lately?”
If not, it’s probably time….
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the top four causes of death in the United States are heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke. These diseases also are the top four leading causes of death in Missouri, however, chronic lower respiratory disease overtook stroke for the third leading cause of death in Missouri in 2008, possibly because the state has the lowest excise tax in the nation on cigarettes.
Although life expectancy at birth has been gradually improving during the past 20 years, a significant gender gap still exists. According to the most recent CDC life tables, men born in the U.S. can expect to live nearly five years less than females. Men often take a more cavalier approach to their health than females, particularly when the health need isn’t necessarily urgent. Research shows that males visit doctors less often and sense their individual productivity is linked to their physical health. This often results in men neglecting routine checkups and preventive maintenance care until their conditions affect their work, at which point the condition may have become exacerbated and no longer preventable.
Don’t put it off any longer, otherwise you could be putting off everything!