While hunters flock to Cabela's in Mitchell to get new ammo and supplies for the waterfowl season, Avera Queen of Peace healthcare providers met them there to make sure they are healthy for that hunt. We went to the Men's Health Fair too and men of all ages took advantage of the location to shop and get screened.
Chuck Frasier, dressed for work, drove in from Tyndall earlier than usual to take advantage of the Avera Queen of Peace Men's Health Fair at Cabela's. He came in before his shift started to get his glucose levels checked.
Frasier says, "I thought it would be a good idea with my age getting to that point. My dad has a history of diabetes so I thought it would be a good idea to get it checked."
Internist Dr. David Malters couldn't agree more. He also was there to encourage men to get a full lipid profile done.
Dr. Malters says, "The lipids are correlated with having heart disease and strokes and peripheral arterial disease. If one has high cholesterol, especially the bad cholesterol LDL, then one should try to get it lowered either through exercise, stopping smoking if you smoke, lose weight if you are overweight and medication if your doctor prescribed that for you."
Randy Reider from Mitchell popped over at Cabela's too. He says, "I have had my cholesterol checked within the last year so I know where I'm at and I'm interested to see if all the things I've been doing is helping it come down."
Randy Reider isn't your typical guy. He is good about getting to the doctor for check ups. Now that he is pushing 50, he knows he has to watch his numbers more closely.
Reider says, "I was a patient at the Avera Heart Hospital in July, I didn't have a heart attack, but I did need a stent and I know I need to be careful."
The Avera Queen of Peace Cancer Center had a booth to for you to take home a kit, in the privacy of your own home and provide a stool sample. They will check it for colorectal cancer. Put your name on the return address and your name gets entered to win a free vest from Cabela's.
I should probably clarify, although the best part for you fellows may be snagging a cool freebie from Cabela's, the best part really is early intervention. Avera Queen of Peace wants to catch any problems that may be camouflaged now before they emerge as major issues.
For those of you who got screened make sure when Avera Queen of Peace mails you the results to talk them over with your doctor.