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The Connection Between Lifestyle Choices and COVID-19

We know that lifestyle choices can impact your health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s especially important to pay attention to how your behavior impacts wellness. In this WLTX interview, Dr. Payton Foust of Lexington Family Practice Gilbert offers important information to help keep you healthy and safe.

Dr. Foust said it’s becoming easier to see the impact of social isolation we’ve been experiencing for the last two months.

“People are dealing with anxiety and depression at home,” he said. “We’re seeing an increase in substance abuse, smoking cigarettes and marijuana, vaping, and drinking alcohol.”

Each of those has implications any time, but they’re more concerning during a pandemic like COVID-19.

Smoking impacts lung function. That’s especially problematic because COVID-19 is a virus that attacks the lungs. In addition, alcohol can weaken the immune system and impact sleep – factors that can make individuals more susceptible to COVID-19.

Dr. Foust emphasizes the importance of good nutrition including plenty of fruits and vegetables, and exercising regularly with proper social distancing.

Finally, it’s important to focus on mental health. Virtual meet ups with friends to talk or even share a lunch or dinner date are important and constructive ways to stay grounded and keep things in perspective during this difficult time. We’re all in this together.

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.”

What Do Those Two Numbers Mean?

Your blood pressure has two numbers – top and bottom. We know that a healthy blood pressure is less than 120/80. But what exactly do each of those numbers measure? During an interview on WLTX-TV this week, Dr. Kenya Cooper of Lexington Family Practice Gilbert, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, answered that question.

~The top number is the systolic blood pressure. It measures the pressure in your arteries and vessels when the heart is in the middle of a beat.
~The bottom number is diastolic. That’s the pressure when your heart is relaxed between beats.
~Healthy numbers should be at or below 120/80.
~Recently, new guidelines for high blood pressure were released. Now, anything over 130/80 is considered high blood pressure. Previously, it was 140/90. That will mean a lot more people have high blood pressure – and will prompt physicians to make interventions sooner.

For more information about high blood pressure, and to test your knowledge with a quiz, visit LexMed.com/Know.