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Health Plus: 92-year-old eastern Iowan shares secret to longevity

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Good news, men!

The life-expectancy gap between you and women has decreased.

But regardless men still need to pay attention to their bodies.

Here's Health Plus with tips from a 92-year-old eastern Iowa male.

Doctor Bill Drier knows a thing or two about longevity.

The 92-year-old was a family practice physician for 50 years in Waterloo.

His secret to long life for men?

"I think to keep your weight under control and to stay active. Do something," he said.

Colby Yoder is a personal trainer at Covenant Wellness Center, where Drier works out.

He says your age should dictate the frequency of physicals.

"Ages from your 20s to mid-30s, you should probably get there about every three years. I mean probably in your 40s, every two years and in your 50s you probably have a physical every year just to see where you're at is a good base," said Yoder.

Yoder admits guys are often reluctant to be pro-active when it comes to medical check-ups.

"Biggest one that men neglect is getting to a regular doctor's appointment. Everybody thinks, 'I'm feeling great. I don't have to get to the doctor.' there's a lot of those silent killers out there. You know there's high blood pressure, high cholesterol. Checking your tryglycerides, glucose, all those good tests so the doctors can tell you what you can't tell without having those tests done," he added.

As for Drier, perhaps his sense of humor has helped him live well into his 90s.

"Well I used to play a lot of golf, but after four holes-in-one I probably wouldn't get another one so I quit golf a couple years ago," he said seriously!

 

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