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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.”

Men’s Health Week – 5 Tips

As we celebrate National Men’s Health Week let’s discuss 5 habits that promote healthy living.

1. Get More Sleep –  
Insufficient sleep may lead to a plethora of chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is also responsible for motor vehicle and machinery related accidents.

“Sleep is not an option”, said Dr. Francis Dayrit, of Lexington Sleep Solutions. “The brain is like a lone shark, it will get sleep any way it can.”

The National Sleep Foundation notes that our needs change as we age but adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

2. Toss the Tobacco
 – Quit today, it has immediate and long-term benefits for your health including, lowering the risk for heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other related illnesses.

3. Get Moving
 – Adults need at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, think daily brisk walks. Muscle and strength training with a focus on major muscle groups 1-2 days a week is also recommended. You can spread the activity out  throughout the week and make it a family event.  Promote healthy living in the lives of your children as well. Good habits become ingrained at a young age.

4. Eat Well
 – Fruits and vegetables are king, eat them every day. Important vitamins and minerals that protect you from chronic disease are found in colorful foods. Lay off the sugary drinks and snacks.

“There are a wide variety of fruits and vegetables that contain macronutrients, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that may provide protection against developing several different types of cancer.  The good news is that not only are they good for cancer prevention, but they are just plain good for you, ” says Donna Quirk, MBA, RD, LD, and LMC’s clinical nutrition manager.

5. Pay Attention to Your Body
 – Don’t ignore signs and symptoms of discomfort such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and excessive thirst. It is important to know your numbers for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol and body mass index and be sure they stay in a healthy range.