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Be Healthy. Age Healthy.

Written by  Steve McClintic, Jr.

June is Men’s Health Month. But it’s not the only month men should do their health justice.  

Despite popular opinion, men need to take care of themselves.

This may sound like a common sense statement. But it’s not one that often resonates. For many men, taking care of their health, which includes getting regular check-ups, is about half as important to them as it is for women. This isn’t an opinion. It’s a fact: according to the National Institute of Health, men go the doctor 50 percent less than women.

Men aren’t immune to the many common and unfortunate health-related issues that anyone can develop. Men can get the cold. Men can get the flu. Men can get diabetes. Men can get cancer.

And men can prevent many of these health conditions from occurring if they take better care of themselves.

In the following pages of OurHealth Southwest Virginia is the OurHealth Men’s Chart for Healthy Aging. This chart is 100 percent important. Read it. Embrace it. Engage it. This information may be the difference in helping you live your fullest and happiest life.

2016 SWVA - Men’s Health Chart

Urgent Care
At Express Family Care we know that urgencies occur at all ages of life. And let's face it, in our busy lives, time is a premium and getting back to daily life is important. Life happens and we sometimes get poison ivy, or suffer a laceration or fracture, or we are weighed down with seasonal allergies. When necessary, Express Family Care can offer X-ray’s, stitches or splinting. Our goal is to get you well and keep you OUT of the ER. We post our low cash prices and we are available anytime, Monday - Saturday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thanks for trusting Express Family Care in Bonsack!

David Alligood, MD
Express Family Care
Bonsack | 540.400.6676

Visiting the dentist for regular checkups can be very beneficial to men as they age. Perhaps the most important reason is to screen for periodontal disease, or gum disease. Age is one of the main influencing factors in the progression of this disease. Early detection and a plan of attack can be very important. Periodontal disease does not "hurt" until the later stages of the disease when treatment is far less successful.

Also, in my practice I see many older men (and women) who are on medications which cause their mouth to become dry; this can lead to tooth decay. A visit to the dentist can help formulate a plan for prevention of decay. Detecting and fixing cavities when they are still SMALL is very important! The phrase, "don't wait till it hurts" applies to periodontal disease and decay!!

D. Kyle Fitzgerald, DDS
6220 Peters Creek Road
Roanoke | 540.366.3999

Testosterone Care
Men will lose around 3% of total testosterone per year between age 30-70. This is sometimes referred to as Andropause. Men with low testosterone are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, bone loss, prostate cancer, dementia, and diabetes. Symptoms of low testosterone include weight gain, poor strength and endurance, low libido, mood changes, performance issues, and “brain fog". This is both a quality of life issue as well as a medical issue that should be addressed. Positive effects of replacement or supplementation include increased muscle mass, increased energy and endurance, improved mood, reduced body fat, prostate and cardiovascular protection, improved cholesterol, and an overall feeling well-being.

Kenneth Luckay, MD
Luckay Doc
Roanoke | 540.777.6807

Yearly examinations from your optometrist are important to start tracking not only eye health, but to help screen for systemic disease. As early as the forties, signs of UV damage can start to show and increase risk for conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration. In addition, during the eye examination, the doctor is examining the small retinal blood vessels and optic nerve. Subtle signs of vascular disease such as diabetes and hypertension can be detected in the eye, many times before the condition is even diagnosed. Yearly eye exams can also help uncover cancers including leukemia, melanoma, brain tumors, and metastases from the lung and other areas.

John Dovie, OD, FAAO
Blacksburg Eye Associates
Blacksburg | 540.953.2020

For most men, skin care is not at the top of their list of priorities. Men usually spend more time outdoors for leisure or work, which puts them at an increased risk for skin cancer. For that reason, moving skin concerns a little higher on the list of priorities is a must. It might save their life. The American Cancer Society has two recommendations for the detection of skin cancer:
     • Have a doctor check out any sore that does not heal.
     • Any mole that changes size, shape, color or begins to bleed should be checked.
Following these guidelines can make a big difference in early diagnosis. This is especially important for the more aggressive skin cancers such as melanoma. Remember to get help checking the back and backs of the legs!

Susan Dorsey
Dermatology Associates of Roanoke, PC
Roanoke | 540.981.1439