The Evils of Dormant Butt Syndrome and How to Save Money in a Medical Environment

9 Mar

Our basic premise is that your body is amazing.  You get a do over. It doesn’t take that long, and it isn’t that hard if you know what to do.  In these notes, we give you a short course in what to do so it becomes easy for you and for you to teach others. We want you to know how much control you have over both the quality and length of your life.

This month, I want to give you two tips—one on how to save money in a medical environment (from my new book) and one on dormant butt syndrome (DBS).  Let’s start with DBS.

Riddle me this… What do Mia Hamm, Michael Phelps, and NFL quarterbacks all have in common? Toned glutes! And if you think that’s not something to comment on—take a seat and listen up. According to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center physical therapist Chris Kolba, PhD, millions of North Americans who sit all day at work or are generally sedentary have developed Dormant Butt Syndrome (DBS).

And those flaccid backsides aren’t just making your pants look baggy, they contribute to a roster of back, hip, and knee problems. Your butt muscles support your pelvis, hips, and torso and act as a shock absorber when you walk. But if they’re dormant, you end with tight hip flexors, lower back pain, and even knee problems that can lead to a meniscus injury. So get up off that backside!

Did you know more than half of you sit for at almost eight hours a day? Sitting six or more hours a day elevates your risk of dying from cancer and other major diseases!  But changing your habits so you sit for less than three hours a day can add an extra two years to your lifespan.

So, stand up every 30-60 minutes—go walk the stairs in your office building, speed walk around the parking lot, and/or do stretches at your desk. At home, try stretch bands while you watch TV. Get a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps daily.

Avoiding DBS is one way to reduce medical expenses.  Here is an even more powerful way to stay healthy and save medical expenses: meditate for 5 minutes each morning and each night. This alone reduced expenses and the need for medical encounters by 43% in one recent study from the Benson-Henry Institute at Harvard (PLOS One October 13, 2015). That’s not a typo, forty-three percent!  Stress is the greatest ager and financial stress needs to be dealt with directly (see our book AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip). But meditation alone in studies at Cleveland Clinic resulted in reduced costs, a 7% increase in productivity, and both weight loss and waist-loss. It’s easy to do, too.  Online programs that teach 8 different techniques of mindfulness (you only need use one) abound like Cleveland Clinic’s StressFreeNow with e-coaching.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to send questions—to youdocs@gmail.com, and some of them we may know enough to answer (we’ll try to get answers for you if we do not know).

Young Dr Mike Roizen (aka, The Enforcer)

PS: Please do look for and order the new book by Jean Chatzky and myself, AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip, that was released on February 28th, 2017.

NOTE: You should NOT take this as medical advice.
This article is of the opinion of its author.
Before you do anything, please consult with your doctor.

You can follow Dr Roizen on twitter @YoungDrMike (and get updates on the latest and most important medical stories of the week). The YOU docs have two newly revised books: The patron saint “book” of this column YOU Staying Young—revised and YOU: The Owner’s Manual…revised —yes a revision of the book that started Dr Oz to being Dr Oz. These makes great gifts—so do YOU: ON a Diet and YOU: The Owner’s Manual for teens.

Michael F. Roizen, M.D., is chief wellness officer and chair of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. His radio show streams live on http://www.radioMD.com Saturdays from 5-7 p.m. He is the co-author of 4 #1 NY Times Best Sellers including: YOU Staying Young.

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