Men’s Health

IF YOU have good health, you have everything. While that adage may not be entirely true, good health goes a long way to a happy life.

Unfortunately, men do a poor job when it comes to being proactive with their well-being. Women, meanwhile, are much better in that regard.

Medical data reinforces the disparity between the sexes. Women live nearly 8 years longer than men. Much can be attributed to women’s being more hands-on with their health.

Dr. Gregory Merrick is director of the Wheeling Hospital Schiffler Cancer Center. He is one of the leaders in the nation in his field.

Dr. Merrick spoke at the Wheeling Rotary Club this week. His address focused on men’s health. It is a presentation that served as a wake-up call to many in the audience.

After taking men to task for not being smart enough to schedule regular medical visits and screenings, he delivered many worthwhile life-extending pieces of advice.

They included:

Among Dr. Merrick’s top pieces of health advice to help maximize one’s lifespan were:

  • Walk at least 30 minutes a day, seven days a week;
  • Perform resistance training three times a week;
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet consisting of high-fiber, low-fat foods;
  • Do not use tobacco products;
  • Consume alcohol in moderation, one to two per day;
  • Have a great family physician; and
  • Get screenings such as a colonoscopy at age 50, and the prostate specific antigen test for men.
  • One screening test that Dr. Merrick emphasized for men was a bone density test.

All of Dr. Merrick’s tips are helpful and may help avoid problems down the road.

Our health is a precious commodity. As Dr. Merrick points out, to help maintain that good health, men need to take a page from the opposite sex and get a finger on the pulse of their body.