Dr. Ben Wedro practices emergency medicine at Gundersen Clinic, a regional trauma center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. His background includes undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Alberta, a Family Practice internship at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.
The average life expectancy of a man born in the United State in 2007 is 75
years and 5 months. The life expectancy for a man has increased dramatically in the past 50 years.
How long we live is important; however, the quality of life is equally
important. The ability to enjoy life to its
fullest requires investing time and effort into health maintenance and disease
prevention. This investment pays dividends almost immediately and it is never
too late to begin. A person who was 65 years old in 2007 could expect to live to
age 82, and a 75 year old could expect 10 more years of life.
Our bodies are incredibly complex machines that require fuel components
(food, water, and air) to grow, function, and repair itself. Like any machine, the body requires routine maintenance to make it last a long
time and to function well throughout a person's life expectancy. Using the body as it
was intended and minimizing abuse also increases its ability
to perform. When we buy a car, we expect to routinely change the oil,
filters, rotate the tires, and avoid driving too aggressively to keep the car
running smoothly and last a certain length of time. As in life, accidents
happen and cosmetic injuries occur, but it is the "guts" of a car, the
engine, transmission, and brakes that will decide if it will be happily driving
down the road or
sitting in the junkyard.
Our bodies suffer through illnesses and accidents and many are unavoidable.
Taking care of your body also includes
scheduled maintenance and screening
examinations to detect illnesses at an early stage, which increases the potential
for cure and a return to health. Learning to listen to the body's warning signs
is the same as paying attention to the check engine light in your car, neither
should not be ignored.
A healthy lifestyle is not just an absence of disease, but an opportunity to
enjoy the years of life available to each person. Medical care can help the body
maintain its performance as it ages. A longer life expectancy should not be
considered a jail sentence to inactivity. But as the body ages, there is an
expected and normal physiologic change in some of the hormones in the male body.
Viewer Question: I've been under a prolonged period of stress, which seems to have diminished my sex drive. I recently read that stress can affect hormone levels. What can I do to counteract stress and improve my sex drive?
Doctor's Response: You are not alone in your concern. A diminished interest in sex is one of many symptoms that can develop as a result of increased psychological stress, and studies show that a decreased sex drive is a common complaint in people who have stressful jobs and work long hours. Fortunately, taking steps to manage your stress can help you regain some of your lost sexual energy.
Stress management is a highly individual practice, and each person must choose the stress control techniques that work best for them. However, stress control methods most often include a combination of exercise, relaxation techniques (deep breathing or meditation exercises), adhering to a regular sleep cycle, and proper nutrition. Exercise releases endorphins, which are the body's natural stress-fighting hormones, so any type of physical exercise is a good stress control measure....