The recent survey found that more than half of married men (55%) have had a physical with a registered physician within the past year, compared with just more than one-third (35%) of their single counterparts. Single men, on the other hand, more often turn to other? sources for medical information -? such as the online blogs, magazines or books.
In addition, the study found that 88% of married men have health-insurance coverage, compared with just 69% of single men.
Mintel said these finding suggest that married men are more likely to seek professional healthcare when needed, perhaps because of the ability to discuss such issues with a spouse, or at the encouragement of a spouse.
“Having a spouse to confer with could also help men make the decision to seek out medical care when needed instead of sweeping the issue under the rug,” said? Molly Heyl-Rushmer, senior analyst at Mintel.
Health Concerns Change with Age
The research also examined which health conditions are top-of-mind for US men. Of the health conditions men are most concerned with, heart disease and cancer lead the pack. More than four in 10 (42%) of adult men overall are concerned with developing heart disease and 40% with developing cancer.
Not surprisingly, older respondents ages 45-54, have the most concern for developing a range of conditions including vision problems (44%), strokes (44%) and high cholesterol (22%).
For younger men ages 18-24, neurological issues (26%), sexually transmitted diseases (34%) and diabetes (37%) are of the greatest concern.
Numerous studies covering 140 years have shown that married people – especially men – tend to live longer than their unmarried counterparts. Research from the RAND Center for the Study of Aging has, in the past, found that this is likely a combination of both a protective effect – whereby the presence of a spouse helps an individual maintain better health, but also a selective effect – which reflects the possibility that healthy people are more likely to get married.