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Perceptions and reality of men’s health


Cleveland Clinic survey examines effects of lifestyle and habits on overall health.

Do you think your male patients are healthy?

They probably do, according to results of a new survey.

The Cleveland Clinic conducted a national poll and found “a disconnect between men’s perception of their health and their actual health habits.”

The survey of 1,000 men aged 18 years and older is part of the health system’s eighth annual “MENtion It” campaign to promote men’s communication about health issues and to take steps to prevent them.

“We know that there is a direct relationship between a man’s physical, mental and sexual health,” Cleveland Clinic Urology Department Chair Georges-Pascal Haber, MD, PhD, said in a news release. “A man’s lifestyle and habits, whether positive or negative, can significantly impact his overall health.

“The first signs of many serious health conditions are often urinary or sexual issues which many men are hesitant to address,” Haber said. “Through the MENtion It campaign, we want to emphasize the significance of being proactive with your health by getting regular screenings, vaccinations and exams to prevent health issues or identify them in curable stages.”

The survey found 81% of American men believe they are leading a healthy lifestyle.

But wait, there’s more.

This slideshow presents the findings about the state of health of American men.

Data come from “Cleveland Clinic Survey Examines the Current State of Men’s Health in America,” a survey of 1,000 in June 2023, by the Cleveland Clinic and Savanta.

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