This month we are celebrating fathers, but more than that we are celebrating all the important men in our lives that have shaped the people we are today. Often men neglect their health, a recent study of 1,000 men showed that men remember the make and model of their first car but just over 50% could not recall the last time they visited a doctor. This same study revealed that many live with more untreated illness longer than women. Supporting the Centers for Disease Control data that women are 100% more likely to visit their physician for their annual physical.

There are a plethora of reasons men have for not making the trip for sick and well visits to see their doctor, a few of the top picks are not having a doctor, wanting to tough out any illness and fear of the doctor top the list. Men’s Health Month is devoted to helping men see the benefit in discarding all excuses whatever they may be in exchange for better health.

We know that early screenings save lives, and the importance of having a health care provider is key to ensuring that these screenings are done. Building a relationship with your health care provider who can build and a medical history is critical to monitoring your health through the years. Many conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease to name just a few are impossible to see without the special care of your trained healthcare professional. So make today the first day of the rest of your life and find the professional that will partner with you to set you on your path to optimal health.