Studies show men don’t access the health care system nearly as often as women and that men are at a higher risk for many disorders and diseases.
A Web-based tool might help change that.
From doctors visits when they’re sick, to regular screenings, chances are boys, teens and young men aren’t making it in often enough.
“He’s got ADHD, so it’s a phobia. Because he’s like, they’re going to diagnose me with something else,” Melissa Black said about her 14-year-old son.
Mrs. Black is a nurse. She said her son always is reluctant to see his doctor.
“We don’t see as many men, we really don’t. And most of the time when teenagers come in, it’s with their mom,” Black said.
Dr. Bryan Lowery at Trinity Clinic-Manhatton said it’s a problem that starts early and trickles into their adult life.
“There’s a large proportion of men, who will not go to the doctor between their high school physical and their first heart attack or stroke. And that’s a big percentage of men,” Lowery said.
That’s why the Boy’s Initiative is stepping in. It hopes having younger men log in to a Web-based health tool will prevent problems.
The Washington-based advocacy group said intervening at adolescence could help.
The Web-based kit contains a questionnaire, references, checklists and videos to help assess nine areas, including healthy eating, reproductive health, trauma and mental health.
“There’s men’s health magazines that can tell you what you need and when you need to see your physician. There’s plenty of resources out there to look at, to see if you are in need of health care,” Lowery said.
“I think if the parents try to explain to the child why they have to go and what benefits it has for them, it instills good things in their mind,” Black said.