May 28, 2019

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Who cares about men's health? That is a question that we hope to answer on this podcast.

Dr. Troy Madsen is an emergency physician at University of Utah Health who has been practicing for over 15 years. His profession has given him a unique perspective on health. "In emergency medicine, I see the worst of the worst. And I think for me, I see so much that can be prevented with good health and good health habits." Dr. Madsen has learned that men actually care deeply about their health but don't want to talk about it until a major issue is staring them in the face and then they have to deal with it.

Scot Singpiel is the senior producer for The Scope Radio, which is at University of Utah Health. He interviews physicians, specialists, and experts on health topics. "Basically, I own the microphones. That's why I'm here. Seriously though, together we want to dispel the notion that men don't care about their health."

Our podcast focuses on the health of men 25-35. At this age there's a feeling of invincibility: you can eat what you want. You can do what you want. You don't seem to suffer really any ill effect to it.

But it's the decisions that are made during this point in your life that will determine your health down the road. And let's face it, it's not fun planning for the future. That's why we don't like to save for retirement. It's more fun to enjoy the moment.

We're going to focus on some very core things that can make a difference:

  • But be sure you're getting some activity
  • Watch your nutrition
  • Manage your stress
  • Take care of your sleep
  • Address nagging health issues
  • Smoking and drinking - don't do it or figure out a way to manage it

We think we all men care about health - they just don't want to talk about it. So, we're going to talk about it and the issues. We will bring in some specialists and get their perspective. You can start by listening. Then join the conversation. The more men we get to do that, the more normal it seems. And that's how we are going to make a difference. That how we are going to prove it's ok to talk about men's health.

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