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The Most Important Principles for Staying Young: Protect Your Ears, Protect Your Brain…

9 Oct

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 on 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.

A few months back, I summarized some secrets from our new book AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip (released February 28th, 2017).  Some of you must have bought it as the book made it to #10 on the NY Times list and #3 on the Wall Street Journal List.  Thank you.

This month, I want to talk about small choices that can make a major difference in how long you live and your quality of life, or as I like to say, a small change that will make your RealAge much younger: Keeping Your Hearing!

International researchers recently published a study in The Lancet that shows one-in-three cases of dementia could be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle and being aware of some of the early warning signs—such as mid-life hearing loss—that you might not immediately associate with cognitive decline. For the 16 million people in the United States living with cognitive impairment, that means over five million of them could have dodged the decline. I think more than 30% is preventable, maybe as much as 80% (if you add eating our YOU Diet, stress management, physical activity, avoiding toxins, and doing a few speed of processing games, too).

One major problem for many with hearing loss: they isolate themselves.  Studies show lack of social interaction is linked with cognitive decline.

Your smart steps—get your hearing tested. If it needs help, get help. And keep trying different hearing aids until you find a set that works for you.  Then, stay involved with people—volunteer; reach out to friends and neighbors; and continue your education—that’ll build your cognitive reserve. Do that, and you may cut your chances of developing dementia by 30 percent (or more)!

While we’re on the topic of ears… According to Ohio State University researchers, an average of 34 children under 18 are treated in US hospital emergency departments every day for ear injuries related to the use of cotton-tipped swabs. Around 77 percent occur when a child is using a cotton-tipped applicator.

These common injuries are pushing ear wax further into the ear so it becomes impacted and damages the ear drum—which can cause hearing loss. True, occasionally ear wax does become too much of a good thing, making it hard to hear or just giving you an uncomfortable feeling. Then you need to see your doc to get it safely flushed out. To hear about the right way to clean your ears, Google “the right way to clean your ears Dr. Oz Show” or

So don’t disrespect your ears.  Keep the maximum level on earphones and other devices below the 2/3rds maximum point, too. You’ll live smarter, longer and have a younger RealAge.

 

Thanks for reading. Feel free to send questions—to AgeProoflife@gmail.com.

Dr. Mike Roizen

 

 

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 OzThese make 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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The Most Important Principles for Staying Young: Know Your Family History

11 Sep

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 on 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.

Question: Every time I see a medical professional, I am asked about my parents’ diseases.  I even see ads on TV about getting my genes tested to know my family history. Why the attention to family, and don’t the diseases they have stay the same? Can’t they just get that from the record? And why would they ask me about my spouse since she’s not a blood relative?—Craig, from Dallas

Answer: Let’s first deal with why we care about your family history and why your spouse counts. And although November is Family Health History Month, any holiday (Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, President’s Day, even a party on a non-holiday) is the perfect time to gather the information you and your healthcare team need to craft a roadmap for preventing disease. Your doctor asks about family history repeatedly because your family may have developed new problems (especially living brothers and/or sisters) or you may have remembered other ones you didn’t tell them about. And they ask about your spouse because your spouse lives with you (at least we hope so) and thus shares the same environmental exposures and likely, similar risks. Yes, she or he is a non-blood relative, but you serve as each other’s personal coal mine canary. Also, even though you don’t share DNA, your spouse influences your health far more than your aunt Sadie in Perth Amboy.  Auntie may have a cholesterol count that would bring a Guinness World Records rep to her door, but she isn’t filling your day-to-day life with cigarette smoke, bacon, beer, and lost-sock arguments.  The only thing worse for your health and longevity than having a spouse is not having one, in fact.

Knowing funny stories about your relatives makes for great fun at family gatherings — but knowing that three of your ancestors had diabetes or that your grandmother had breast cancer at an early age may help you and your children live longer healthier lives. That is right: When you know what you are most likely to get, you can tailor preventive care for conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancers of the breast, colon, and prostate.

The Surgeon General’s My Family Health Portrait website (familyhistory.hhs.gov) helps you here. Start with the info you know off-hand. You want to record each relative’s birth date and (if applicable) death date, the jobs they performed (as certain occupations can strongly affect health), and—most important—any diseases they had that may have a genetic link.  Your doctor can clarify this if you aren’t certain about the disease or if it was never diagnosed.  Just list the symptoms the person had (memory loss, for example).  While you’re at it, you might as well jot down any other interesting tidbits in case your kids get curious about their roots one day.

If you’re like most people, it’ll be about 14 percent complete when your brain is tapped.  You’ll need to do some investigating, Columbo-style, so see the ideas (below) for the family interrogation protocol. Hopefully, you won’t have to interrogate more than a handful of relatives in this manner.

If you hail from a litter of fourteen and have more aunts than a cartoon picnic, however, just remember to keep your radar sharp for two factors:  serious illness or death before age sixty and potentially fatal conditions.  Either can be more important than how close you and your relative are in the bloodline.  For example, your uncle’s pancreatic cancer at age fifty-three would likely be more alarming to us than your mother’s heart fibrillations at age seventy.  At a bare minimum, you need to know why your parents and grandparents died, if they’re now gone.

No family picnic or Thanksgiving bash? No problem. First search for your family’s historian.  Most families have at least one great storyteller—a grandfather or an aunt who knows all about the family’s past. Identify that person, and ask him or her to give you details about medical conditions that are common in your family.

No family historian and no bash?  Still no problem. Shaking down family for health details needn’t always be a horribly awkward task.  Remember that half will always talk about the other half, so go the gossip route if it’s easier.  If you want to be direct, just grab your reporter’s pad and pen, dial the phone or meet the relative at the early-bird diner, and repeat this checklist (feel free to ad-lib).  You might consider an opener like this:

“Hello, (relative).  I know you haven’t heard from me since (year), but I’m putting my family health history together to see if I’m at risk for anything genetic, and I thought you could tell me a few things I just can’t find anywhere else.  (Another relative he or she dislikes) said you probably wouldn’t help me or wouldn’t be able to remember, but I thought I’d try anyway.”

  • When were you born?
  • Have you been diagnosed with any diseases? When?
  • What kind of treatment did you get?
  • Any cancers? Diabetes?  Heart problems?  High blood pressure?  Do you take any medications or supplements?  If so, why?
  • Any surgeries? When, and for what?
  • Ever have a bout of depression, anxiety, or other emotional health problems? (Ask relative this family member dislikes for an immediate answer.)
  • Any miscarriages, stillbirths, or infant deaths? 
  • Any heart attacks or strokes? (Pretend you suddenly remember and ask if the flowers made it.) 
  • How’s your hearing? (Whispered.)
  • Do you or did you smoke or drink?
  • What jobs did you have?
  • Has your memory deteriorated?
  • So, that thing growing on (another relative)—is that skin cancer or what?

Once you have a good family history in place, don’t keep it to yourself—talk to your healthcare team about it—it is a springboard for discussions about your and your family members’ health.  In the old days, you couldn’t do much about your family health history but wring your hands and worry. Now, because of research, you can take action. Genetic counselors and genetic physicians can evaluate you for risks, diagnose diseases early and seek appropriate treatments or preventive measures. Family health history can and should be empowering.

And your bottom-line question to your doctor is always the same:  If there’s a genetic link associated with this condition, how can I prevent it? Genetic testing will get more accurate but isn’t there yet.  Until it is, a robust and accurate family history can help, but remember it is you that have to do the work to prevent the potential problem.  But believe us, prevention works, and it is fun.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to send questions—to AgeProoflife@gmail.com.

Dr. Mike Roizen

 

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 OzThese 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.

The Most Important Principles for Staying Young: Think Before You Ink and How Rosemary Can Improve Your Thinking…

10 Aug

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.

In recent months, I’ve shared secrets from of our new book AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip, released February 28th, 2017).  Some of you must have bought it as the book made it to #10 on the NY Times list and #3 on the Wall Street Journal List.  Thank you.  This month, I want to share two tips that may help you live younger and become more Age Proof…

TIP 1 — Think Before You Ink: In 2006, Lucky Diamond Rich was declared “the world’s most tattooed person.” Ink covers every inch of his body—private parts included. For him, it’s too late to think about the downsides, but for those just starting out —or still tattoo-free—this recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning is worth paying attention to.

If the tattoo parlor isn’t sanitary, you may be at risk for contracting an infection, which may require months of antibiotics or hospitalization to treat. Even the cleanest of places, says the FDA, may use unsterile water to dilute pigments or they may have pigments (marked sterile and sealed) that are nonetheless contaminated with mold or bacteria. (It happens more often than you’d think.)

And then there are the inks themselves… Some contain pigments used in printer toner and car paint. The FDA hasn’t approved any pigments for injection into the skin for cosmetic purposes—so it’s the Wild, Wild West when it comes to knowing exactly what’s being pumped into your body. You also risk an allergic reaction to the inks—and allergic rashes can persist for years. Experts also say allergic reactions can pop up—seemingly out of the blue—years after getting a tattoo.

Tattoos can also make you allergic—and sensitized—to other products, such as hair dyes, if they both contain phenylenediamene (PPD). PPD was designated the contact allergen of the year in 2006 by the American Contact Dermatitis Society!

So think before you ink—your skin has to last a lifetime!

TIP 2 — Enjoy the Fragrance of Rosemary and You May Get Smarter: Rosemary has long been thought to have memory-boosting properties, and now modern science is backing up this theory. In a study presented recently to the British Psychological Society, researchers found that children in a room scented with rosemary did significantly better on memory tasks than those who didn’t get a whiff of the herb. These findings line up with an earlier study the team did that found when adults were exposed to higher concentrations of rosemary aroma, they performed better on cognitive tests. Scientists think a compound called 1,8-cineole found in the plant might help boost an important neurotransmitter in the brain.

If you want to see if you benefit from this aromatic herb, you can make rosemary oil by adding a sprig of rosemary to a bottle of olive oil. Use on salads and chicken. Or grow a houseplant or outdoor bush and enjoy the fragrance. Or get an aromatherapy diffuser and use only an essential oil (no phthalates, please). However, pure rosemary essential oil should be used carefully. If applying topically, first dilute in a carrier oil to avoid skin irritation. Pregnant and breastfeeding? No essential rosemary oil for you. And never ingest it!  The essential oil can be toxic if taken internally, even at low doses.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to send questions—to AgeProoflife@gmail.com.

Dr. Mike Roizen

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 OzThese 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.

The Most Important Principles for Staying Young: One Regulation You Should Keep…

10 Jul

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 on 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.

In recent months, I shared a summary and some secrets from of our new book AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip (released February 28th, 2017—thank you to all of you who bought a copy). This month, I want to bring up a concern that may help you (and the rest of America or whatever country you’re from) be AgeProof: Don’t let them ruin your food by doing away with the regulation on Trans Fats.

In 2013, New York banned trans fats in restaurants.  As the ban rolled out over a three-year period, counties that went with the new rule right away experienced a 6.2 percent decrease in hospital admissions for myocardial infarction (heart attack) and stroke compared with counties that hadn’t yet adopted the restriction.

A United States-wide ban on trans fats would save about a $150 billion dollars a year in just hospital costs, not to mention the productivity loses that would be averted by fewer people having cardiovascular events. The federal government itself would book over $60 billion in savings.

Thanks to the FDA listing trans fats as not generally regarded as safe (GRAS), as well as docs and healthy eating advocates getting the word out that partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (that’s what trans fats are) are unhealthy, Americans now consume 80 percent fewer trans fats than they did a decade ago! And in 2018, we’re set for a nationwide ban.

Trans fats got into the food supply as a way to extend the shelf life of packaged edibles by infusing hydrogen into vegetable oils, transforming them into a more solid state and extending the shelf life of prepared foods and baked goods (and shortening yours—maybe that’s why they call it shortening).

So get trans fats off your plate now. How? Read labels. Don’t eat or buy foods with “partially hydrogenated ” anything on the ingredients list. Understand that the labeling law allows products to claim “0 grams of trans fats” if they contain less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving. Eating several portions of foods containing some trans fat may boost your total intake to a level high enough to affect your health. Your best bet: Stay clear of prepared and packaged baked goods and foods. You’ll be living with more energy and a younger RealAge.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to send questions—to  AgeProoflife@gmail.com

Dr. Mike Roizen

 

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 OzThese 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.

The Most Important Principles for Staying Young: Chose Only Foods You Know You Can Have a Relationship with— That You Love and Love Your Body Back.

8 Jun

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 hope to inform you why I am so cautious about coconut oil; it has nothing to do with fats in your blood leading to heart disease or not, but rather that researchers in the lab next to mine at NIH in the early 70s used coconut oil to accelerate brain dysfunction and the development of Alzheimer’s and dementia in animals. And more recently, a scientific article published in a respected peer reviewed journal indicated coconut oil accelerates the inflammatory changes in multiple sclerosis that lead to nervous system dysfunction. (Multiple sclerosis is a disease thought to be caused by or accelerated by nervous tissue inflammation just like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease(s) are.)

Now this side effect relating to accelerating the development of dementia caused by coconut oil in mice and rats and guinea pigs oil isn’t a minor acceleration—it is the human equivalent of bringing it on 16 to 20 years earlier—so instead of 14% of US women developing serious degrees of memory problems at age 83, that 14% would develop them at age 63 to 67 or so if they had used coconut oil as the major fat in their food choices. If just 35% of Americans chose to use coconut oil as their main fat, this earlier development would cost the US an additional $100 billion dollars a year in medical costs by 2024. That mistake to use coconut oil would also lead to too much personal and family costs to even consider. Hopefully 35% don’t and won’t. I realize I am going against the grain of at least two very prominent docs and the marketing might of the coconut oil industry.

Due to the scientific articles I want to inform you about, this article would run the normal length of eight articles (as it is, it will run 2 to 3 time longer than I want). So I will abstract much data here, but place more reference material on my and Jean Chatzky’s AgeProof website and blog site, AgeProof.life.

The recent paper that triggered my desire to remind you of my concerns about coconut oil use is an abstract (from April 2017) by a different group (a different group means the data are reproducible by others than those who made the original observation—meaning the original observation is much more likely to be real rather than a statistical aberration). That abstract confirms a 2015 publication in the journal Immunity. I won’t discuss the confirming abstract cause it is only an abstract rather than a full peer reviewed scientific paper (abstracts are not scrutinized or vetted to even 10% of the degree papers are). In that memory triggering paper (memory triggering for me) on the effects of dietary coconut oil on MS, entitled “Dietary Fatty Acids Directly Impact Central Nervous System Autoimmunity via the Small Intestine”, coconut oil added to soybean oil in a typical rat diet made the rat’s equivalent of your immune system attack the protective sheath (myelin) that covers your nerve fibers. That inflammatory attack causes the equivalent of communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body.

Studies on memory change, even in rats or mice or guinea pigs, require a long time to complete as they need the inflammation to develop and then destroy the neuronal connections that cause what we know as memory or human brain functioning. Your hippocampus is the only organ where size matters in the human body, as size shrinks as memory and learning problems occur in humans.

That hippocampal size and inflammation reference relates to the 2008 study by Granholm and colleagues in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (Effect of a Saturated Fat and High Cholesterol Diet on Memory and Hippocampal Morphology in the Middle Aged Rat, 2008;14: 133-145) that showed that eight weeks of a diet with hydrogenated coconut oil (most coconut oil is hydrogenated or saturated in nature and as you might buy it) added to the normal diet was associated with inflammation in those key to memory hippocampal nervous tissues. Note they used middle-aged, not young, rats and gave the equivalent of 20 or more human years of the diet to the animals. So I urge you if you do your own research, or if you are a doc in the field, before you advocate something like coconut oil, to make sure the studies you are basing your recommendations on are long enough and look for the changes well enough to ensure that what they advocate isn’t short-term beneficial and long-term hazardous.

A 2012 paper published in the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism (2012; 32; 643-53) indicated that the inflammation associated with hydrogenated coconut oil (like the kind you might use in cooking) causes inflammatory vascular changes and breaks down that key area of the blood-brain barrier in their rat model. Now the research team gave the rats 10% coconut oil, the equivalent of 160 calories or less than 3 tablespoons for a human, and found inflammatory and disruptive changes in one of the proteins key for the tight junctions and thereby functioning of the blood-brain barrier. This breakdown of the blood brain barrier and inflammation in the hippocampus is exactly what the researchers in the laboratory next to mine in 1973-5 found as they tried to understand dementia. They administered coconut oil after causing an inflammatory stimulus (a bacterial skin infection as I recall). That process led to the mice in their studies not being able to learn maze navigation, as I remember it. Since then, other scientists have developed genetic models of dementia in rats and mice. I worry the data are too old for the young docs of today to be aware of that model of accelerated dementia associated with a coconut oil diet plus inflammation.

To summarize, because coconut oil is rich in the medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), it is supposed to be different than other saturated fats that are made of fatty acids with more than 12 or 14 carbons so called Long-term fatty acids (LCFAs). The LCFAs largely come with amino-acids such as carnitine (plentiful in red meat, pork, and even some fish like cod), lecithin, and choline (cheese and egg yolks) that select for bacteria inside your intestine. Those bacteria produce inflammation in your arteries, immune system, and brain (to name just a few areas). Those bacteria then produce fecal matter as they go after the C, H, and O of the red meat, cheese, egg yolks, or peanuts that contains the inflammation-stimulating substance. Soon I am told we will be able to block this red meat, cheese, egg yolk, etc. cause of inflammation and dementia by giving you something that prevents this type of bacteria from thriving. But while you and I are writing for that to happen, stick with fats that you can love and that love you back like the odd omegas in avocados, chia seeds, walnuts, and canola oil (all omega3s), or in extra virgin olive oil (omega-9) or in salmon or ocean trout ( both a lot of omega-3’s and 7’s). And if your doc advocates coconut oil, ask to see the long-term studies that look at learning and inflammation in the brain.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to send questions—to AgeProoflife@gmail.com

Young Dr Mike Roizen (aka, The Enforcer)

PS: Thank You for Making AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip (which was released on February 28th—grab your copy at your favorite bookseller if you haven’t already) a NY Times and WSJ Bestseller!

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.

The Most Important Principles for Staying Young: Don’t be a Nattering Nabob of Negativism Parent

8 May

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.

Back in the early 1970s, President Richard Nixon’s VP, Spiro Agnew, called investigative journalists “nattering nabobs of negativism.” But it was the VP who showed up in the negative column when reporters at The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and The Baltimore Sun discovered that Agnew had taken bribes and didn’t pay taxes while vice president. He resigned in 1973.

An analysis of two studies, both published in the journal Psychological Science, clearly demonstrates that negative-ness often backfires. Researchers found children of parents who viewed them as overweight as four- to five-year-olds packed on the most pounds over the next decade than children whose parents thought they were a “normal” weight (even if they were in fact overweight or obese).

Seems that when kids grow up with a negative perception of their body, they’re more likely to develop disordered eating patterns, like dieting followed by binge eating, which eventually leads to weight gain.

So Mom and Dad, if you think your child is overweight, look for positive ways to promote health and a positive self-image. Get your child involved in school play groups and sports; kids need to be active at least 90 minutes a day. Make cooking a joint adventure by allowing your child to discover healthy food choices by sampling (don’t force it) a wide variety of whole food ingredients. Think of food as something to be shared and appreciated—not as a reward or a punishment.

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: Thank you for making AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip (which was released on February 28th—grab your copy at your favorite bookseller if you haven’t already) a NY Times and WSJ Bestseller!

 

 

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.