Don't be too tough to talk to GP

COUNTRY blokes deserve to be healthy and happy and their first step towards making sure they are, and they stay that way, is to visit their doctor.

Vice president of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, Dr Peter Rischbieth, said regular visits to a doctor were the most important step in improving men’s health outcomes.

“While the seasons have turned and prices are high, many country blokes are still feeling the physical and the emotional results of weathering a number of tough years,” Dr Rischbieth said. “In most areas of health, men have worse outcomes than women and men in the country have even higher health risks due to their location, work and lifestyle.

“Men are more likely to have high blood pressure, misuse alcohol and have a low consumption of fruit and vegetables – all factors increasing risk of ill-health.

“We need our men to be healthy and strong so by taking preventative action we can reduce the dangers of stroke, cancer, cardiovascular problems including heart attacks, strokes, as well as depression.

“Start an open discussion with friends and family and if you are in the age group that needs it, get a regular yearly check-up with your GP who will be able to check for all age-appropriate health risks, answer any questions about your health and outline the steps to take to make sure you stay healthy for the future.”

One-in-six Australian men will experience clinical depression and many rural men are at high risk due to stressful lifestyles.


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