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Health Is No Accident" – Dr. Robin Roberts, Bahamian
Recently I was privileged to participate in Doctor’s
Hospital’s distinguished lecture series, as well known Bahamian
Urologist, Dr. Robin Roberts presented on the topic “The Healthy Male:
Forty Years Plus…And Doing It All”. A presentation that every Bahamian man and boy
should have an opportunity to experience.
Early on it looked like a
ladies affair but the men eventually showed up and benefited from an
informative, frank and open presentation on men health issues.
As I sat
and listened it seemed like déjà vu. You see it was almost eighteen
years ago that Dr. Roberts helped my son Rashad, by reconnecting his
urethra, which was accidentally severed during a life changing surgery,
and now there he was sharing information that was vital to possibly
extending my life.
While you may not have the “genes” that ensures long life, from Dr.
Roberts’ presentation it was clear that you are your own worst enemy.
You are the ones doing the best you can during the first half of your
lives to shorten the second half of your life.
Yes it is “Your Lifestyle not your genes” that determines your
health. Dr. Roberts premise was that most of the diseases that affects
you later on in life are the result of choices you make and that “poor
health was no accident.” Therefore “good health is no accident!” but
predictable based on your habits - the result of little
things you do each day.
While Prostate cancer was what everyone wanted to hear about, it was
very enlightening and astonishing to learn that men were leading the
way in deaths in fifteen categories of preventable diseases. Including
High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Heart Disease, High Cholesterol, Obesity
(65% of Bahamians are obese), Strokes and Cancers.
All because of our
lack of daily attention to lifestyle and nutritional choices couples
with our image of what a real man is.
Dr. Roberts pointed out that our society depicts a real man as:
It seems that
men are taking better care of their cars than they do their bodies.
Ensuring that your cars are cleaned daily and serviced regularly using
only the very best parts and lubricants money can buy.
one who is tough and displays no pain;
one who does not cry;
one who does not go to the doctor and certainly
a real man “don’t take the finger!”
And if you hear a noise that is unfamiliar, you seek out help in
determining what’s wrong - this same attention is required by your body,
the most important asset you have.
You should see to it that you:
Because the price you pay for not doing so may be not only your life, but your love life!
Watch your food intake daily,
Avoid smoking and alcohol,
Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol and
Get regular medical check ups
You see, as you get older your body begins to show signs of what you
have done to it during your younger days. It show the neglect and poor
choices you made in not eating properly, not exercising and not checking
with your doctor regularly by taking from you the thing you most
cherish - your ability to perform.
Your poor choices early in life causes you to now have to decide
between taking your high blood medication and maintaining your virility,
and in most cases you know which choice wins!
However, if you
take small step today, realizing that you have the power to make the
nutritional and lifestyle choices that would reduce the occurrences of
certain diseases later on in life, you will find that you won’t have to
make that choice.
Dr. Roberts’ presentation made it clear that a man’s virility is a
function of his circulatory system and the deprivation of blood to any
part of the body result in problems. So it’s important for you to
realize that matters of your heart matters everywhere - you don’t have
the same liberties as women.
The second apparent thing is that you have a gland that does not
stop growing so the longer you live the larger it gets and the larger it
gets it cause problems with your circulation. This gland is the
Therefore, as you get into your forties you need to begin
paying more attention to your prostate. By visiting your Urologist (male
gynecologist) so that its growth can be monitored. This involves a
Firstly, there is the (PSA) test, which is quite simple and easy to
do, as is least invasive, but not a very accurate test of itself so it
is always better to do it in conjunction with a digital exam (doc uses
his finger) which allow the prostate to be felt.
Unfortunately, according to Dr. Roberts, Bahamian men are waiting
until the prostate has outgrown its space and creating circulatory
problems before seeking help.
This is a deadly mistake as seven
out of every ten men waiting this long cannot be helped. The earlier the
growth is detected the sooner treatment can begin and the more likely
you are not to develop prostate cancer.
So today take a minute and seriously consider these questions.
Creator has promised you 70 years and say to each you that you can have
another 10 years if you do what it takes - “by reason of your
Am I doing what it takes to protect my health?
If not, why aren’t I doing what is required of me to protect my health?
I hope you would realize that your health is your responsibility and
it is also up to you whether you will enjoy a disease free. So which
choice are you going to make?
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