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Speaking of Men’s Health

November is Men’s Health Month. A new report shows that men live an average of five years less than women. And South Carolina ranks 42nd out of all 50 states for life expectancy. In this WLTX news story, Dr. David Braddy of Lexington Family Practice Gilbert, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, talks about some things that keep men from having routine check-ups with their doctor.

According to Dr. Braddy, the top two causes of death for men and women are the same: heart disease and cancer.

But that’s where the similarities end. He says men are much less likely than women to see a doctor regularly.

Dr. David Braddy

“In general, we just don’t see a lot of men for wellness visits unless there’s a woman behind them pushing them toward that,” Dr. Braddy said.

In addition, he says that men are more likely to engage in reckless behavior such as drinking and driving. And, they’re less likely to seek treatment for depression.

“A lot of times men carry it with them talking about it,” he said. “Or they feel weak and as if they’re not taking care of the family if they’re seeking help for depression.”

Dr. Braddy says loved ones can help by encouraging the men in their lives to schedule doctor appointments, be supportive and look for signs of depression.

And he reminds male patients of a critical message.

“We’re here to help you live healthier.”

It’s Never Too Late to Start Exercising

A Greenwood woman is proving it’s never too late to start exercising. Barbara is about to turn 89. She is an outstanding example of someone determined to pick up an exercise program and compete in it at a later age.

Barbara began competing in swimming when she was 68 years old. She said the sport helped her tremendously 11 years ago when her husband passed away.

She has set records and garnered numerous awards, with a goal of swimming until she’s 100.

Meet her in this WIS-TV Health U new story, and also hear from a Lexington Medical Center physician about the importance of exercising in older age.

Dr. Kelli Savia of Lexington Family Practice White Knoll, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, says the more consistent you are with exercise the better – and applauds Barbara’s efforts.

According to Dr. Savia, consistent exercise is decreasing Barbara’s risk for cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders and dementia, and also decreases her fall risk because she’s building up her muscles.

While Dr. Savia says to never do more than your body can take, anything you can do can be lifesaving.

Dr. Savis is especially a fan of seniors adding stretching.

“We use our bodies so much throughout the day and all of our muscles compensate,” she said. “It’s important that we stretch them so that they work for us tomorrow.”

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes David Braddy, MD, to Lexington Family Practice Gilbert

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome David Braddy, MD, to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Braddy will work at Lexington Family Practice Gilbert. The board-certified physicians and highly skilled staff at the practice provide comprehensive care for the entire family. In addition to well visits and same-day sick and urgent appointments, the practice offers on-site imaging, laboratory services, and school and sports physicals.

Dr. David Braddy

Dr. Braddy graduated from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. He then completed his residency at Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, South Carolina.

While completing his family medicine residency, Dr. Braddy evaluated and treated patients at Self Regional Healthcare’s emergency care center and urgent care clinic, and completed additional training in sports medicine, including performing ultrasound-guided joint injections.

He has also served in various medical outreach programs and mission trips, traveling to Peru, North Africa, Ghana, and Malawi. Board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Braddy previously worked in private practice at Dillon Family Medicine in Dillon, South Carolina. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the South Carolina Medical Association.

Dr. Braddy is accepting new patients

Lexington Family Practice Gilbert
4080 Augusta Highway
Gilbert, SC 29054
(803) 892 – 1800