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Regular check-ups save men's lives

Posted September 27, 2013

When it comes to taking care of their health, men often need their wives to drag them to the doctor.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men die, on average, five years earlier than women. They are 11/2 times more likely than women to die from heart disease, cancer and respiratory diseases.

Those who choose to do the right thing for their health can be in the minority.

Men must know numbers to stay healthy Men must know numbers to stay healthy

William Lecount, 63, is one who knows he's a bit different from many of his friends.

"A lot of times with the fellas, they're macho," he said. "They want to put it off, and they still don't believe in going to the doctor."

Lecount remembers having a friend check his blood glucose level. A normal level after eating is between 70 and 100.
Higher than 140 is a concern. Lecount's was 250.

"I made a beeline" to get it checked, he said.  

Now he keeps his diabetes under control, and he wants to know all his numbers.

Diabetes wasn't a problem for 55-year-old Brandon McGhee. It was his weight. Last February, he tipped the the scales at 260 pounds.

His doctor told him he needed to lose some pounds if he wanted to live to be 60.

That inspired him to exercise regularly and change his diet. He eats more fruits and vegetables, more white meat chicken and fish; nothing fried.

"I think the amounts of food are what got me into the trouble as much as what I ate," he said.

Now he's 50 pounds lighter, his blood pressure is normal, and he was able to stop one of his medications.

McGhee and Lecount are two men who are glad they made annual physicals a habit – one that could add years to their lives.

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  • Go_APPS Oct 1, 11:29 a.m.

    I had a family member that was told at at appointment in March that they would not see their child graduate in May if they did not make some changes. Sadly, they died suddenly a week later. That was a wake up call to many of my family to not put taking care of yourself off, if not for your own sake, but for those you love and may not be in a rush to leave.
    So glad that these men are making those positive changes, and I am sure that their families are too.

  • carrboroyouth Sep 30, 6:08 p.m.

    albegadeep... I'm not sure how tall the guy was, but if he was of average height, 260 pounds can kill. Inactivity, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension, all associated with being overweight/obese, can cause a clot that can travel to your heart, lungs or brain, not to mention coronary artery disease. All can be fatal.

  • albegadeep Sep 30, 8:08 a.m.

    "His doctor told him he needed to lose some pounds if he wanted to live to be 60."

    Being overweight isn't a death sentence. It's not healthy, certainly, but to tell someone they're going to die in 5 years because they're overweight? That's not at all accurate.

  • hsiflee Sep 27, 7:26 p.m.

    wow...I never thought of that...