Why do some men refuse to see a doctor?

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(KTVI) - Deer mating season is upon us, and for bow hunters, that signals the beginning of their hunting season.

No one knows this better than Dr. Adrian Di Bisceglie.

He is the chair of internal medicine at Saint Louis University.

Dr. Di Bisceglie discussed how hunting season may interfere with some men's visit to the doctor.

Many patients do not make their doctor's appointment a priority, instead, it tends to be rescheduled due to hunting trips.

While some men post-pone their doctor visits, some simply skip them altogether.

So why is it that some men won't see a doctor?

Studies show that some men equate making a trip to the doctor as showing a sign of weakness.  Also, they are fearful of finding out that something may be wrong.

Research suggests a lot of these feelings have to do with men and their strong sense of masculinity.

According to a survey of 1,000 middle-aged American men, the more masculine the male, the less likely they will see a doctor.

The survey shows that men who are very masculine are about 50% less likely than their less macho peers to seek out preventative health-care services.

Also, men are 24% less likely than women to schedule a checkup.

There is another interesting correlation found in the study regarding doctor visits and income.

According to research, lower-paid masculine workers were in fact more likely to see a doctor than, say, macho managers and execs.

This relationship is due to the idea that blue-collar workers are less concerned with losing their masculinity by seeking a doctor's help.

Instead, they are more concerned with the masculinity threat of not being able to perform their jobs properly.

For more information on Dr. Adrian Di Bisceglie, visit: http://internalmed.slu.edu/gi/index.php?page=adrian-m-di-bisceglie-m-d

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