When was the last time you went to the hospital for a regular checkup and not just because something was wrong? If you’re like most men, then the answer is likely “it’s been a while”. Guys tend to shy away from the hospital more than women do, but for similar reasons. A lot of the time, it’s because they simply feel uncomfortable going or because they are worried about what the doctor will discover and they don’t want to make any changes to their lives. However, a regular checkup can help find problems that are just starting to affect you. You may not realize how at risk you are for heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other serious conditions. A regular checkup may be able to find these things before they develop and provide you with an opportunity to change the direction you are heading in. You might not feel like you are at risk for any serious condition, but often you won’t feel the symptoms when the problem first manifests. By the time you would notice an issue with your health, it could be too late to do anything but damage control. A regular checkup is essential for anyone who wants to greatly extend their life as well as for those who are interested in avoiding serious health problems and extended hospital stays. Preventing a problem is always going to work far better than trying to cure it.