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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.”

Diabetes and Addictions

From alcohol and opiates to gambling and shopping, addiction comes in many forms. Experts are learning more about the science behind these behaviors and how to help prevent them. That includes addictions to food.

In January, Roberta Jupp, RD, LD, CDE, certified dietician at Lexington Medical Center, will begin hosting a series of classes about diabetes and addictions. Specifically, the series will address how certain foods affect the brain and teach participants how to counter their cravings. She talked about it in this WLTX interview today.

This series of classes is part of D2 & Me, a support and wellness group for people with Type 2 diabetes and their families.

Dates and times for “Diabetes and Addictions” are below:

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Lexington Medical Center – Batesburg-Leesville
338 E. Columbia Avenue * Leesville, SC

Thursday, January 17, 2019
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Lexington Medical Center – Swansea
935 W. 2nd Street * Swansea, SC

The classes are FREE, but you do need to register in advance. To register or for more information, contact Natalie at (803) 361-8435.

Dry Drowning: What Parents Need to Know

From the beach to the lake to the pool, we spend a lot of time in the water in the summer in South Carolina. One topic of conversation that’s been heard recently is “dry drowning.” What is it? Can your child really drown hours after swimming? What should you do if they swallow a lot of water? The thought can be scary for parents.

In this WLTX interview, Dr. Caroline Webber, pediatrician with Lexington Pediatric Practice, separates the fact from fiction on dry drowning and tells parents what they should be on the lookout before the next time their child takes a dip in the water.

Lexington Pediatric Practice has two convenient locations in Lexington and West Columbia. The practice has professional staff that puts your child’s care as the top priority with kid-friendly labs, vaccines and treatments.