AARP Holds First Men’s Health Forum

Dr. Roberto Robles, left, Veronica De LaFuente of ARRP, and Dr. Nolan Perez, taking a break during the forum. Photo: Tony Vindell/LFN

by Tony Vindell/LFN

For many men, the word doctor means out of the door as they believe there is nothing wrong with them but such an attitude could spell trouble.

That is why AARP decided to hold its first Men’s Health Forum to look into the pros and cons of health issues that might impact the lives of many men.

An array of topics, ranging from prostate and skin cancer prevention to teeth, the heart, poor sleep and Alzheimer’s Disease, were covered during the nearly four-hour meeting held at the Brownsville Event Center and sponsored by the non-profit AARP organization.

Four medical doctors, one dentist and one pharmacist spoke to a crowd made up mostly of men, women and senior citizens on what they should do to if they want to stay healthy and live longer.

Dr. Alberto Almeida and Dr. Nolan Perez said simple prevention measures are the key to ensure a better life for many people.

“Stretching out before bedtime is a good step,” Almeida said. “Exercising and meditation can help relieve stress.”

Dr. Alberto Almeida describes how much weight he lost following the Mediterranean diet. Photo: Tony Vindell/LFN

He said people should worry about the things they can fix and not what they can’t.
Dr. Roberto Robles, a Brownsville cardiologist, said he recommends that people exercise 30 minutes at least five days a week.

He said walking, swimming, bicycling, jogging, lifting weights are good ways to keep the heart healthy and also recommends annual checkups to make sure everything is okay.

Dr. Michael Hohnadel, who specializes in skin issues, said people should wear sun block of an SPF 30 and above, while Dr. Jordan Pirtle, a dentist, said taking care of one’s teeth can lead to a healthier life.

Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day or using a water pick are helpful tools in the prevention of teeth-related diseases.

Dr. Bobby Muniz, a pharmacist, said exercising and a good sleep are some of the keys for a healthy life.

The forum was part of AARP ongoing series to promote a better living among men and women.

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