By: James Buechele
November 21, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - Let's face it. Men just don't like going to the doctor's office. This issue can actually lead to long-term health problems.
At his heaviest, 5'9" Walter Colon weighed 254 pounds. After having what he calls an 'ah-ha' moment, he decided to do something about it.
During the past two years, Colon has lost close to 70 pounds. He now weighs in at 185. With the support of his wife Marybeth and motivation of his son, Maximo, what seemed like a difficult task is now enjoyable.
"Your mind, instead of going to looking for excuses looking for reasons why not to do it, it completely switches and you lose more and more weight," said Colon.
He takes time to count calories and prepare meals in advance to make sure he stays on course. High blood pressure runs in his family and his goal is to be completely weened off medication for his condition.
"Instead of saying 'I don't have time', find the time or make the time one way or another, use technology to your benefit."
He also has found ways to exercise with his son by biking through Tallahassee.
"Everybody has the same amount in the day you just have to make it happen."
But diet and exercise is just one part of the equation. Guys have to see their doctors. Men ages 20-39 should see their doctor every three years. Men ages 40-49 should do so every two years and those 50 and older should get checked every year.
Dr. Ed Forster works at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. He's heard every excuse why men avoid checkups.
"Something like, I thought the symptoms would disappear I thought it would just get better," said Forster.
He says women are better at preventative health care than men. Just having regular checkups can be the difference between life and death.
"These kind of things can be discovered early before symptoms happen and quite often that you can prevent kidney failure, heart failure, things that will ruin your life if you don't pick them up."
Colon says husbands and fathers all have the same motivation he has to stay around for years to come.
"You have to have a purpose. Your family loves you and without you here, it's not going to do any good."
Below is a link for more tips on staying healthy for men.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.