Today, the 30th, is Doctor's Day.¬† So named because anesthetic was first used on this day in 1842.¬† Insert joke here about me being there to witness that.¬† Actually ether was first used as an anesthetic during a minor operation.¬† So before that, what?¬† all you got was a bullet to bite?¬† I am old enough to have had ether, but that's all I'm admitting to.
A new study finds that the stereotype is true:¬† Men don't go to the doctor unless there's something wrong.
It's a small sample, just 519 participants, but the national survey commissioned by Esquire magazine found that nearly half of all men 18 to 50 years old (45 percent) don't have a primary care physician. A third of men haven't had a check-up in over a year. More:
--70 percent have never had a prostate exam (early detection of any cancer there can save your life)
--40 percent of men in their 40s have never had their cholesterol tested
--39 percent said they could stand to lose 20 pounds or more
--58 percent say they think about the healthiness of what they eat but indulge sometimes; 21 percent say it hardly crosses their mind
--57 percent of men eat fast food one to three times a week; a third once a month or less; six percent, never; five percent eat it daily
--43 percent say they're sedentary, usually sitting while at work
--34 percent say they work out two to three times a week; 19¬† percent say they never do; 19 percent work out daily.
Editor's note: Only time a guy starts talking medicine? When he needs Viagra.¬† Ok, that's not true I just threw it in to see if you're still reading this.
FYI:¬† Know what's stunning? Reading¬† the online reader comments from the USA Today¬† article. Here's a sample of some of the top comments:
--If you can, stay away from doctors. It's all in the way a man lives anyway. Not going for checkups. If a man gets himself outdoors enough, does a bit of exercise, maintains a halfway decent diet, he'll more or less be fine.
--I turned 65 last year and desided [sic] to get me a doctor. The first thing he said was in should get one of those butt probes. I think I'll wait another 65 years and see how I feel then.
--Went to the Doctor for regular checkup last summer, blood work, EKG, etc. After all the copays from all the different labs and stuff came in, it was over $500 out of pocket. I'd rather just wait till I'm sick.
Editor's note: Yeah, it'll be¬†much cheaper having a stroke instead of having that annual exam.
I'm calling for a check up right now!¬† I know, I also need a check up, from the neck up!