A new study shows that single men and married men are more likely to see a doctor than those living with a partner out of wedlock.
A U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) study took information from males living alone, with a spouse, with a partner, and with roommates. The research shows that both single and married men are taking more preventive measures against diseases and other medical problems.
Cohabiting men are the most problematic group of the bunch. They are the least likely to report having gone in for preventive screening for things like cholesterol or blood pressure.
“Cohabiting men are a group particularly at risk of not receiving clinical preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force,” states the NCHS Data Brief published June 11 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
These findings are true for both younger and older males, and the researchers aren’t really sure why that is.
“That was completely unexpected, and I don’t have an explanation for it,” said study lead author Stephen Blumberg.
“But it does serve notice to the girlfriends and partners of these men that they could take a more active role in health care decisions and talk to them about getting healthy,” he continued.
However, the news doesn’t come as that much of a surprise. Previous research has indicated that men in marriages or committed relationships want to be healthy for their partner. Not only that, but many wives handle doctor appointments for their husbands.
As for why women are more responsible about their health than men – it probably has to do with their relationship with other women.
Single women, for example, “have other sources of support they can turn to like their mother, sister or their friends. Men are less likely to have those sources of support,” said Linda Waite, a professor of urban sociology at the University of Chicago.
The takeaway from this study – if you’re a man, either become more responsible about going to a doctor or get a spouse. He or she may save your life.