Do you consider yourself a macho man? Or maybe your partner is. Well, new research shows middle-aged men who believe in the traditional ideal of masculinity may be endangering their health. For instance, men who don’t reveal when they are in pain – are 50 per cent less likely than other men to get recommended preventive care like flu shots, prostate exams, and annual physicals.
That conclusion is based on a survey of 1,000 men who were asked about their socioeconomic status, their masculinity beliefs and whether or not they received the three commonly recommended annual health care procedures. It turns out their attitude to those stereotypical masculine ideals was a bigger predictor than income or marital status.
The scientists say it’s important to study why men avoid preventive health care because in most Western countries males have lower life expectancy, and this kind of research can help authorities understand where prevention and intervention dollars can be most effective.