Why I Drove 6,000 miles for Men’s Health

It’s no secret that most men don’t like going to the doctor. But, did you know that men are almost twice as likely than women to die from heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. We can change this.

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Guys, we have so much on our mind everyday from business meetings to family commitments to remembering to take out the trash – it’s like a never-ending roller coaster. We aim to please everyone around us but we forget the most important secret to our success: Our Health.

It’s no secret that most men don’t like going to the doctor. As men, we like to think of ourselves as strong, resilient and in control. But, it may be surprising to know that men are almost two times more likely than women to die from the most common causes of death, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

A national survey of nearly a thousand men commissioned and released by Orlando Health found that 81 percent of men could remember the make and model of their first car. Barely half, however, could remember their last trip to the doctor for a check up. If we are going to get men to make their health a priority, we have a lot of ground to make up.

This past June my partner and I went around the country in a Tesla to drive home the point that men’s health matters. On the Drive For Men’s Health we went form Central Florida to New York City to Los Angeles making stops at small communities and major health institutions to bring light to an issue that often goes ignored.

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The truth is, most of these conditions can be prevented, and men, too, can avoid them by taking steps to live a healthier lifestyle. We often tell our patients at The PUR Clinic at South Lake Hospital, in affiliation with Orlando Health that the first step is being in tune with your own health – listening to your body, knowing your family’s health history and understanding risk factors specific to you. The next step is scheduling regular appointments with a doctor and being open to discussing all aspects of your health, even the seemingly difficult or “embarrassing” ones. The last step is the hardest – making the necessary lifestyle modifications to improve your health.

A common misconception about men’s health is that the only thing that runs the car is the engine. However, keeping up with your health involves so much more than getting regular prostate or rectal exams. We forget about our skin, eyes, heart, lungs, and every other organ that works to make you work.

The good news is, it’s never too late to start the conversation. It can be as simple as making a phone call to the doctor’s office – and trust me, the results will pay off. One appointment, screening or check up could make the difference. There’s no reason not to take charge of your health right now. If not for you, do it for your family and business.

In 2015, The Drive reached an audience of over 400 million through social media, web, print, and TV. The next Drive is scheduled for June 9-18th, 2016. Join us on the road next year as we Drive for that change in men’s health!

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