“If you look at the data really carefully now, we’re not sure but we think that aging can be… we’re slowing it now, we’re doing what we call rejuvenation. Meaning, if you slow the rate of aging by physical activity, by food choices, by stress management, you can probably be 30 years younger than your calendar age at age 55. So, at age 55 you can be functionally 25. But we’re undergoing -there’s a real sense in the aging community- the amount of money in aging research has now logarithmically expanded for about 25 years and that’s beginning to turn the concept of what aging is, the research is, to the point where maybe we can get much younger than our calendar age.” – Dr. Michael Roizen
Michael F. Roizen, MD, is an internist and anesthesiologist who is passionate about helping people choose to live younger and healthier lives.
He is the Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic, the co-founder of RealAge Inc, a five-time number one New York Times best-selling author, and the Chief Medical Consultant on the Dr. Oz Show. An accomplished lecturer, researcher, CEO, television personality and author, Dr. Roizen’s myriad achievements are too numerous to count.
Dr. Roizen continues to practice internal medicine, using the RealAge metric to motivate his patients. He routinely sees patients who are in the midst of struggling with tobacco, heart, diabetic or arthritic problems and coaches them with simple (but persistent) lifestyle changes to be able to live, feel, look and be years younger. He really enjoys getting them to throw away their medications when they no longer need them, and teaches the role of food and other simple steps in reversing disease processes.
I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Roizen during my medical school studies, and I was thrilled to catch up with him at his home to talk about the benefits he’s witnessed since Cleveland Clinic implemented an Employee Health Plan, the most important lifestyle factors we can change to improve our overall health and wellness, and his take on What to Eat When.
Bio adapted from ClevelandClinic.org
In this episode we discuss:
- How implementing an Employee Health Plan has saved Cleveland Clinic AND employees money, and how the savings continue to multiply as employees get healthier
- Dr. Roizen’s thoughts on the challenge of implementing a similar program on a national level, and why he expects we will see it begin at the state level
- Dr. Roizen’s background: what sparked his interest in medicine and how he ultimately decided to focus on wellness
- The most important factors for reducing your RealAge
- How dedicated exercise vs physical activity throughout day can impact your overall physiological age
- What we can do to buffer the effects of stressful events on our health
- Habits Dr. Roizen includes in his daily life to improve his longevity
- Dr. Roizen’s exercise routine and the lessons he learned from his time as a competitive squash player
- His stress management practice
- The supplements Dr. Roizen takes on a regular basis
- Dr. Roizen’s advice to eat when the sun is out
- How shift workers can adhere to this advice, and his plans to carry out a study with nurses in order to collect more data
- A typical day of food for Dr. Roizen
- His take on coffee and health
- Three things Dr. Roizen does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
- One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
- What a healthy life looks like to him
- Dr. Roizen’s Tips for Living to 100
- Find your RealAge
- Stress Free Now
- Urban Squash Cleveland
- Timing of food intake predicts weight loss effectiveness
- Circadian system and glucose metabolism: implications for physiology and disease
- Dr. Oz Show: Find out your Age with the RealAge Test
- What to Eat When: A Strategic Plan to Improve Your Health and Life Through Food by Dr. Michael Roizen & Dr. Michael Crupain
- YOU: The Owner’s Manual: An Insider’s Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger by Dr. Michael Roizen & Dr. Mehmet Oz
- Ep 07 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the future, and community
- Ep 38 – Micronutrients and Quality Supplementation with Oliver Amdrup and Julius Heslet
- Ep 66 – Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove on Lifestyle, Healthcare, and Persistence
- Ep 96 – A Hospital Affiliate: Kirby Medical Center and CrossFit KMC
- Ep 99 – Dr. Axel Pflueger on Fighting Chronic Disease with Fitness
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