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According to New Survey, Most Men are Not Proactive about Their Health Despite the Desire to Live Long Lives
Date:9/12/2012

NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a recent national survey of more than 2,000 men, 52 percent say they usually see a doctor when something needs to be "fixed," and the majority (63 percent) report that prolonged, severe pain is the main "breaking point" for when they will visit the doctor – bleeding, vomiting or itching alone won't drive most men to see a doctor. Avoiding the doctor until a problem develops can be a risky approach to one's health and can have potentially serious consequences. To encourage men to take a more proactive approach to their personal health, Abbott has launched Drive for Five (http://www.driveforfive.com), a multifaceted, disease education and men's health awareness initiative.

As part of the campaign, Abbott partnered with Men's Health Network to sponsor and conduct one of the largest men's health assessments to date to uncover insights into the attitudes of men when it comes to seeking medical advice. The survey found that most men take a casual approach to their health. In fact, 61 percent of men say they are "semi-proactive about health," responding to medical emergencies when needed and admittedly are not proactive about annual doctor visits and preventative medicine.

Fear and Anxiety

  • Close to half (46 percent) of men surveyed said doctor visits make them nervous, anxious or scared.
    • Fifty percent admitted that their biggest fear before going to the doctor is finding out they have a serious health problem.
    • Most of the men surveyed say they hope to live well into their 80s or beyond, but slightly more than half (51 percent) say they are worried about their health right now and less than one-in-three men describes his overall health as "excellent."

"What is clear from the survey findings is that there is an emotional barrier to
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