June is Men’s Health Month at St. Luke’s

Published 3:57 pm Thursday, June 22, 2017

On average, statistics show that women take a more proactive approach to their health than men. According to studies by the Men’s Health Network, males die an average of five years earlier than females and at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death. While numerous factors contribute to this imbalance, an important and preventable contributor is awareness. Men are simply less aware of their overall health than women. 

Physician Assistant Mike Bradey has joined Foothills Medical Associates, 801 W. Mills St., Columbus. No stranger to the St. Luke’s medical community, Bradey has served as a PA-C in with several providers in the area, including St. Luke’s Hospital. Serving Polk County residents since 2005, Bradey was a stellar high school science teacher in Spartanburg District 1 before obtaining a PA certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistants (NCCPA) and the NC Medical Board. Bradey, a church organist, is also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. To schedule an appointment with Bradey, Howell or Dr. Viar, please call 894-5627.

“It’s so important for men to make their health a priority. The negative impact of ignoring their health affects not only their lives, but the lives of their loved ones,” said Jeffrey Viar, DO at Foothills Medical Associates, St. Luke’s Physician Network affiliate.

According to Foothills physician assistants, Janet Howell and Mike Bradey, there are some simple steps men can take to improve their quality of life and take their health to a new level.

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“More often than not, women are more prone to have annual exams with their primary doctor,” Howell pointed out. “Medical problems common in men may not have obvious symptoms. A key step is a regular check-up that can flag these issues before they become a serious problem,” she said.

Bradey agreed. “Besides a regular check-up, getting into a regular exercise routine is crucial. Male bodies typically need three types of exercise at least three days a week: resistance training to strengthen muscles; stretching for flexibility and balance; and aerobic exercise to improve heart and lung efficiency,” Bradey added.

Eating smart also plays a big role in good health. Using vegetables and fruits as the primary source for vitamins, minerals, and fiber plays a significant role in optimal health. Sugars, fats, salt, and alcohol should be kept to a minimum.

“Getting plenty of sleep is another path to good health,” Dr. Viar said. “Numerous studies show that sleep is crucial to physical and mental performance. Sleep deprivation has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and depression. Consistently getting a good night’s sleep makes a huge difference in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

The Foothills team emphasized that those men who create a healthy work/life balance are better able to manage the negative consequences of stress, underscoring that mental well-being directly affects physical health.

“In the end it’s about commitment,” Dr. Viar explained. “Study after study shows that by consistently following these steps, men can lead a more productive, balanced life with all the benefits a healthy lifestyle brings with it.”

– article submitted by St. Luke’s Hospital