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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.

Managing Diabetes in South Carolina

Lexington Medical Center will host a free diabetes health fair inside the Michael J. Biediger Auditorium on the hospital campus in West Columbia on Sunday, November 6 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

“South Carolina has the fourth highest rate in the nation of diabetes among adults. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. We want to encourage community members to attend this health fair to increase awareness for themselves and their family members, as well as learn how to manage diabetes and live a long, healthy life,” said Gwen Girdler, RN, BSN, CDE, outpatient diabetes educator at Lexington Medical Center.


According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is growing at an epidemic rate in South Carolina and around the United States. More than 576,000 people in South Carolina – that’s 14% of the population – have diabetes. Of those, more than 20 percent do not know they have diabetes – greatly increasing their health risk. Additionally, more than one million people in South Carolina – 37 percent of the adult population of the state – have prediabetes.

Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, where the body does not use insulin properly. Over time, the body is not able to make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in South Carolina, responsible for three deaths each day.

Under Pressure: How High Blood Pressure Affects Your Health

Dr. Payton Foust of Lexington Family Practice Otarre Pointe will be the featured speaker at Lexington Medical Center’s monthly physician lecture on Monday, July 27. The topic will be how high blood pressure affects your health. Dr. Foust was a guest on WLTX recently to preview his lecture and offer important information about keeping your blood pressure under control.