This survey is an intervention aimed at improving the country's state of men's health. By understanding the current views of the adult American male on physical, sexual, and mental health, this survey can help modify the approach towards male-related health issues and get men more appropriate health care.
So you can understand the results better, this article will break the survey into five broad sections, each with more specific information.
The first section tackled in the survey was the frequency and attitudes American men have toward medical checkups. Below are the findings
Most American Men Go For Medical
Check-Ups At Least Once In Two Years.
Many assume that the number of men who go for checkups in the U.S. is lower than that of men who don't. So, we started our survey by asking men when they last went for a medical checkup, and the results were astonishing.
As unlikely as it may seem, only 33% of the men surveyed said they hadn't had any medical checkups in more than two years. A third of them said they hadn't had any checkups for five years or more.
This means a staggering 67% of the respondents had gone in for a checkup in the last two years. This is the most important finding because it shows that adult American men aren't as unaware of their health as many think.
However, a rather grim finding was that nearly half of the surveyed Gen Z males don't have regular medical checkups.
Most Men Don't Get Checkups
Because They Can't Afford Them.
Even though there have been many attempts to lower the cost of healthcare, it is still costly for most people in the country. A typical doctor's visit that lasts about 15 minutes can cost as much as $104 for a consultation.
For nearly half of the respondents who don't have regular medical checkups, such a high cost is why they do not get regular checkups. Specifically, 23.9% of the men in this category cannot cover preventative care prices, and 20.6% must prioritize other spending needs over medical checkups
Cost aside, the other two leading reasons American men do not go for checkups are time and stereotypes. The survey shows that 39% of the surveyed men are too busy for medical checkups, while 13% shun checkups because they conform to the stereotype that "men should be tough."
MEN WHO DON'T HAVE REGULAR MEDICAL CHECKUPS
Most Men Who Get Checkups Do So Voluntarily.
Most men are known to pull the "tough guy" card regarding sickness, so the idea that most would willingly go in for a checkup seems outlandish. However, if the survey findings are anything to go by, then men in America are willing to get medical checkups.
From the sample of respondents who said they frequently go for checkups, 71% do so because they believe it's necessary. There is no coercion or immediate need for a checkup for these men, but they get one because they think it is good for them. It is a form of preventive care that pays off in the long term.
However, 11% of those having regular medical checkups do so on an involuntary basis. They go for medical checkups because of work requirements or because their families force them to go.
MEN WHO HAVE REGULAR MEDICAL CHECKUPS
American Men Would Trade In
Checkups For Their Hobbies.
When asked what they would prefer to do instead of going for a checkup, respondents had a few ideas.
Respondents indicated that 38% of them would enjoy their hobbies instead, 23% said they would prefer spending time with loved ones, while 21% of them would sacrifice medical checkups for a little more time at work.
TOP 3 ACTIVITIES U.S MEN WOULD DO OTHER THAN MEDICAL CHECKUPS:
There are many diseases in modern-day America. Some are common and don't cause that much physical or mental distress, but others are serious and could kill you.
So, we set out to find the top three health concerns among adult American males, and here's what we found.
American Men Are More Concerned About
Mental Health Than They Are About Cancer.
Although it did not make it to the top of the list, mental health is the second-most prevalent health concern among men in America.
According to 74% of respondents, the first health concern is heart-related. Another 64% of the respondents said that mental health is a bigger worry, while 57% said that cancer is their biggest health worry.
Undoubtedly, cancer affects and kills more people in the U.S. than mental health does. But since the COVID-19 pandemic started, financial, emotional, and mental stress has worsened, and more men are having mental health problems. This could be why they are so worried about the subject.
TOP THREE HEALTH CONCERNS AMONG MEN IN THE UNITED STATES
Gen Z Are The Most Concerned About
Mental Health, While Baby Boomers
Are The Least Concerned.
The 2022 State of Men's Health Survey broke down men's health concerns into age groups. Interestingly, 82% of Gen Z considered mental health their most important health concern, while 77% of baby boomers viewed heart disease as their primary concern.
For boomers, unlike other generations, mental health is not even among their top three health concerns. Instead, their focus seems more inclined toward heart-related diseases.
Sexual and reproductive health seemed to be the least concern among all age groups. Gen Z is the age group with the most significant concern about sexual health, and only 39% of them seem to think it is a significant concern.
Boomers are again the least concerned with sexual health, with only 26% of them prioritizing the subject.
American men's top health concern by age group.