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HealthSmart: Men's Health

Written by Keira McGuire, witf Producer and Host | Sep 23, 2009 7:05 PM

doctor-and-man-2.jpgThe health statistics are pretty grim …men lead in 9 out of the top 10 causes of death - living about 6 years less than women. But, this isn’t just a man’s issue…think about the impact on the mothers, sisters, wives and daughters left behind.

From age 10 to 100, Men, YOU have more power than you realize to both improve your health and quality of life. This episode of HealthSmart will show you how.

We’ll talk about the leading health problems facing men today and give some practical, easy-to-implement prevention and treatment strategies. Plus, a look at things men can do to stay healthy in the beginning…in the middle…and as they age. Check out the program at the end of this post!

Segment 1 – Men vs. Women

For most of history, the average life expectancy has been about 20 years. Thankfully, we've found ways to live longer, mainly by getting rid of diseases. But men are still trailing the women in the life expectancy category - living on average 6 years less. Is this because of biology or behavior?

Featuring Scott Williams, Vice President Men’s Health Network

Segment 2 – In the Beginning

20-something’s rarely put their health as a top priority. Life is all about establishing a career, meeting that special someone, purchasing a home, going to dinner with friends. Before you know it you’re 30 and it’s all catching up to you! So, start early. It will save you decades-long decline later in life.

Featuring Dr. Noel Ballentine, Internal Medicine Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Dr. Charles Skotnicki, Cardiologist PinnacleHealth

Segment 3 – Men and Stress

Although men and women both suffer from stress, men have a very different way of coping. Unfortunately, it’s more acceptable in our society for a man to see a doctor for a physical problem, such as a broken arm than it is to admit being nervous or anxious. (We have a tendency to believe that those traits only affect women.) It’s important to control stress before it manifests into a serious physical problem.

Featuring Jacob Stipe, Educator from the Susan P. Byrnes Health Center

Segment 4 - In the Middle

...the “middle age spread” creeping along your waistline…the need for reading glasses. Many changes take place when men enter into the 40s and 50s. Men in this age group are also at an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. If you haven’t before, it’s important to put your health high on the “to do” list. You still have plenty of time to make a difference.

Featuring Scott Parmer, Bob Gabler, Dr. Noel Ballentine and Dr. Charles Skotnicki

Segment 5 – Male Menopause Fact or Fiction?

Hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia…sounds like what women go through when they hit a “certain age?” Well, women may not be the only ones who go through menopause.

Featuring Dr. Scott Owens, Urologist Urology of Central PA

Segment 6 – As life goes on

Men over 60, are more likely to suffer from life threatening diseases such as heart attacks and different types of cancer, as well as dementia. Hopefully, you’ve been taking care of your health up until now and are reaping the rewards from all your hard work!

Featuring L. Nathaniel Craig, Dr. Noel Ballentine, Dr. Charles Skotnicki, Cardiologist PinnacleHealth

About HealthSmart

Perspective. Insight. Reality TV for the greater good. That's HealthSmart. WITF's Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominated, in-studio, locally produced 30-minute health show features the medical topics that are on everyone's mind.

Local experts give practical advice on how to beat the odds and live healthier and happier, everyday. And local survivors share their touching stories to help our audience understand various diseases and conditions. Intended to appeal to health-conscious viewers, HealthSmart targets anyone who is looking for practical "real life" ways to live healthier everyday. The focus of the series is on useful information that can be incorporated into daily life.

HealthSmart is made possible by Capital BlueCross.

Past Episodes:
Matters of the Mind
Cancer - A New Hope
Alzheimer's Disease
Overmedicated America
Childhood Obesity
Flu: Nothing to Sneeze At
Heart Disease
Preventative Maintenance

HealthSmart crew:
Host/Producer - Heather Muha
Editor/Associate Producer - Mitch Mathias
Videographer/Technical Director - Al Bonilla
Executive Producer - Cara Williams Fry

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