'This is how to get more young men into GP clinics'

IN RECENT years much attention has been paid to the health concerns of older men, such as prostate disease, obesity, diabetes and the prevention of chronic diseases. While the focus on older men’s health is important and needs to continue, our young men are increasingly challenged by many of these health issues.

They are generally unaware of their importance, and are reluctant to consider ways in which they can be prevented or treated. Sadly, the result can be a reduction in the quality and/or duration of their lives.

Young women come into contact with health services at least partly through routine gynaecological and obstetric practices. Also, women are predominantly the primary caregivers in families, so they have more incidental contact by attending visits to the GP with their children and/or parents. 

Conversely, it is possible for a man to pass well into middle age without having significant or