Fast cars help promote men’s health


A Tesla Model S, the type of car that the doctors drive on their road trip. Photo: Drive For Men's Health/YouTube.com

A Tesla Model S, the type of car that the doctors drive on their road trip. Photo: Drive For Men’s Health/YouTube.com

Men are notorious for forgetting birthdays and anniversaries and for going on and on about cars. According to a survey in the US of men over 18, just over half also can’t remember the last time they got a health checkup. Funnily enough, just over 80% of the same men had no problem recalling the brand and model of their first car.

Now, some might say that a first car is a pretty memorable thing, that most people don’t own that many cars, that women may similarly have a hard time remembering their checkup , or that it might be a better test to ask men the date they got their first car rather than the model.

However, such doubts did not stop two highly regarded surgeons specializing in men’s health from setting off on a 6,000 mile drive around the USA in a Tesla electric sports car order to raise awareness amongst men of how lucky some men are various male health topics.

Doctors Jamin Brahmbhatt and Sijo Parekattil raise awareness for men's health issues. Photo: Drive For Men's Health/YouTube.com

Doctors Jamin Brahmbhatt and Sijo Parekattil raise awareness for men’s health issues. Photo: Drive For Men’s Health/YouTube.com

The good doctors, Jamin Brahmbhatt and Sijo Parekattil, have done this before. In 2014 they drove from Florida to New York, stopping at men’s health awareness events along the way where they recharged their batteries. Oh, they also attempted to set a Guinness world record for the fastest time in an all-electric TESLA car.

“Men need to take better care of themselves, period. It’s a message we want to get to as many men as possible, and we’re willing to drive cross country to do it,” said Parekattil.

Brahmbhatt said that males usually experience more illness during their lives compared to women. In advanced and developing countries men die earlier than women. In India the average life expectancy is currently about 2 years less for men.

“Your body’s essentially like a car,” said Brahmbhatt, who, fortunately, did not study medicine at an automotive repair school. “You need to get checks done per recommendation, per guidelines every one year, five years, ten years, whatever the guidelines are. But the only difference between a car and your body is you only have one body.”

On a serious note, the doctors are promoting a good cause and they deserve praise for approaching it in a unique and fun way. Hit the road, docs!

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