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Are the 'Successful' Less Healthy

Tommy McElroy, MD

ARE THE ‘SUCCESSFUL’ LESS HEALTHY BECAUSE OF THEIR HARD CHARGING LIFESTYLE? In our concierge medicine practice we have a super majority of highly driven entrepreneurs and businessmen and woman. One thing that they all have in common, besides success, is a lack of time.

Why? Well, many of them are workaholics. What does that mean? To me it means they are driven, as if by a motor, to work, work, work. They work at night, work on weekends, work on vacation, and work at work. And in turn, they achieve, produce, and excel in their various endeavors. They are working with a purpose. Mind you these workaholics aren’t people who just love to go to work, blindly follow some supervisor’s whims, and then go home and try to continue working on other mindless activities. They work at things that are important, but that does not mean they don’t sometimes work ‘too much.’

Too much of a good thing is still too much. Sometimes the most successful people you meet are some of the most unhealthy. In our practice, it is our honor to make sure our hard-charging workaholics also have routine physicals, get screened for all the important things like cancer and heart disease, and most importantly understand the role that stress and work can have on the immune system and the mind.

So if you are a workaholic reading this, remember to make sure to take care of yourself first. All the notoriety, income and whatever other measure you use to gauge your success won’t matter a hill of beans if you have a catastrophic health event. Unfortunately some health problems are not foreseeable, but thankfully many of things that strike young men and women down at the height of their powers can be identified, corrected, and overcome.

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Dr. Tommy McElroy is a concierge medicine physician in Wesley Chapel, Florida. He is the founder of Echelon-Health.

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