Men are just less likely to go to the doctor regularly. Their top two excuses? They’re too busy. And they’re afraid to discover there’s something wrong with them, according to a survey commissioned by Orlando Health.
To address that problem, Jamin Brahmbhatt, M.D., and Sijo Parekattil, M.D., co-directors of the PUR (Personalized Urology and Robotics Clinic) in Clermont, Florida, took to the road June 9 for the third annual Drive for Men’s Health. That’s a nine-day, 6,000-mile cross-country drive in a Tesla model S.
From their start in Orlando, the two doctors will hit such cities as Atlanta, New York and Chicago and end up in Los Angeles on June 18.
The doctors’ goal: To get men to stop making excuses--and start showing up for regular check-ups.
“The whole idea is to get guys to take ownership of their health,” Parekattil told the Orlando Sentinel. “Even if you think you’re in the best shape of your life, there are things internally that could be wrong.”
Last year’s Drive for Men’s Health--which included face-to-face meetings, radio shows and podcasts from the road--reached more than 450 million people, according to the announcement. The two-doctor team expects to reach even more people this year.
And Brahmbhatt and Parekattil are living proof that men’s health matters: Combined, the two have lost 90 pounds and gained muscle in the past year, according to the Orlando Sentinel.