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Six Roizen’s Rules For A Younger MAN®

12 Dec

Dr. Michael F. Roizen

Co-Author of 4 #1 NY Times Bestsellers including: YOU Staying Young.

The Owner’s Manual For Extending Your Warranty (Free Press)

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.

Since 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings for “sexual enhancement” supplements that are secretly laced with dangerous drugs.

Under a microscope, some of these chemicals look similar to the active ingredients in FDA-approved Erectile Dysfunction (ED) drugs like Viagra and Cialis. Lab studies show they’re not just unapproved bargain-basement substitutes (that’s bad enough, since they do not tell you what they have in them nor do they tell you the interactions to watch for), but some contain extremely high doses of chemicals that haven’t been evaluated for safety. They also contain undeclared chemicals that can interact with other drugs you may be taking, triggering life-threatening problems like a big drop in blood pressure.

#1: Have a heart-to-heart with your doc. Finding out what’s behind ED will help find the best fix. ED is a sign of heart disease. The connection? When the cells that line the blood vessels are damaged by high blood pressure, high blood sugar, a diet packed with saturated fats, inflammation caused by belly fat and a lack of physical activity or by unmanaged stress they lose their flexibility and become narrow and stiff. When blood flow is restricted, it more than doubles a man’s odds for heart disease… and ED.

#2: Ask about blood sugar. Up to 70% of men with type 2 diabetes report sexual-performance problems. The culprits are nerve and artery damage.  Keep your blood sugar in the healthy zone by avoiding foods with added sugars, added syrups, or any grain that isn’t 100% whole grain.

#3: Lose the elastic-waist pants. Dropping just 5% of body weight could significantly improve your love life. Shedding 10% of body weight can make your ED problems 30% more likely to vanish.

#4: Sweat a little. Exercising for 15 minutes a day can improve bedroom fun nearly 20%. It helps overcome erectile problems by cooling body-wide inflammation (an emerging factor in ED), and keeping artery linings flexible and blood flowing.

#5: Follow a romance-lovers diet. Opt for fruit, veggies, lean protein (grilled salmon is great), whole grains, and olive oil. To reverse ED: In one study, bumping up fiber, slashing bad fats (like the saturated fat in meats), and ditching refined sugars and syrups helped 33% of guys vanquish their erectile problems. To Prevent ED: Another study showed guys who also add good fats (extra virgin olive oil, walnuts and non-fried fish are the top three) to that kind of upgraded diet cut their risk for ED by 66%. That’s amore!

#6: Brush and floss.  Severe gum disease doubles risk for ED. The link? Could be the body-wide effects of chronic inflammation (and related cardiovascular problems) fueled by mouth trouble. Don’t gum up the works – see a dental pro and floss daily and see that dental professional regularly. You’ll have two reasons to smile.

Get moving with 30 minutes of aerobics (minimum) daily for you and your kids, and  perform strength training exercise with weights or stretch bands (for you, the parent) 2 to 3 times a week.

Thanks for reading,

Young Dr. Mike Roizen (aka, The Enforcer)

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.


Low Back Pain and Obesity.

10 Dec

Low back pain (LBP) is a VERY COMMON PROBLEM! Here are some facts about LBP: 1) At ANY given time, 31 million Americans experience LBP; 2) LBP is the single leading cause of disability worldwide; 3) 50% of ALL working Americans admit to having LBP symptoms each year; 4) LBP is the #1 reason for missed work and, the 2nd most common reason for doctor office visits (outnumbered ONLY by upper respiratory infections); 5) Most cases of LBP are “mechanical” and NOT caused by serious conditions like inflammatory arthritis (like rheumatoid), infection, cancer, or fracture; 6) At least $50 BILLION is spent annually by Americans on back pain (and that’s JUST the more easily identifiable costs); 7) At some point in life, experts estimate 80% of the population will experience LBP.

In prior Health Updates, we’ve discussed ways to prevent LBP like exercise, eating right, staying active (avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest), not smoking, maintaining proper posture, wearing low heeled comfortable shoes (and possibly foot orthotics and/or heel lifts), sleeping on a medium-firm mattress, using proper bending and lifting methods, fixing work station problems (computer key board and monitor placement is important!), and more.

This month’s topic concerns obesity and LBP. How are these related, and does it really matter? Let’s look at some adult obesity facts: 1) Obesity is common, serious, and costly: 35.6% of US adults are obese; 2) Obesity related conditions include: heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, and is the LEADING CAUSE of preventable death! 3) An estimated $147 BILLION was spent on obesity related medical costs and the average medical cost for an obese person was $1429 higher than for those of normal weight (Body Mass Index or BMI of 18.5-24.9). 4) Ethnic variations: Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest obesity rate at 49.5% vs. Mexican Americans (40.4%), all Hispanics (39.1%) and non-Hispanic whites (34.3%) [ref. JAMA, 2012; 307(5):491-97]. 5) There was a dramatic increase in obesity in the US from 1990 through 2010. No state in the U.S. met the nation’s “Healthy People 2010” goal to lower obesity prevalence to 15%. Instead, in 2010, there were 12 states with obesity prevalence >30% vs. in 2000, NO state had an obesity prevalence >30%! 6) More than 2 in 3 adults are overweight (BMI 25-29.9) and, 1 in 3 adults are obese (BMI >30). 7) In children 6-19 years old, about 33% are overweight or obese and 17% are obese.

Intuitively, common sense tells us that if we are overweight, it has to affect our low back in a negative way. Well, you are right! In the 1/15/13 journal Spine, an 11 year study from Norway, gathered data between 1995-1997 and again in 2006-2008 of an entire county in Norway which included 8733 men and 10,149 women, aged between 30-69 years old who DID NOT have chronic LBP (>3mo. within the past year) vs. 2669 men and 3899 women who DID have LBP. After 11 years, a significant increase in risk was reported between those with a BMI >30 (obese) vs. those <25 (BMI 18.5-24.9 = normal). They also found that the recurrence rate of LBP was also higher in those who were obese.

Weight management is a goal of LBP care, and we have many strategies that can help you fight this problem.