Michael Roizen, MD

Michael Roizen, MD

Dr. Mike is a New York Times #1 bestselling author and co-founder of the well-known RealAge.com website, along with Dr. Mehmet Oz. He is chief wellness officer and chair of the Wellness Institute of the Cleveland Clinic and health expert on Oprah.

Dr. Mike hosts the popular YOU The Owner's Manual Radio Show here on RadioMD.com, and on radio stations nationwide.

You can also visit his latest partnership with Dr. Oz at YOUBeauty.com.
Dr. Roizen: The Hidden Dangers of Red Meat

Dr. Roizen: The Hidden Dangers of Red Meat

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:54

A few weeks ago (March 30) the New York Times Had an Op-Ed entitled "Red Meat Is Not the Enemy." I discussed the problem with red meat on YOU: The Owner's Manual Radio Show the following weekend. 

This week, a person who wished to remain anonymous sent me a follow-up question on why I still avoid red meat. Here is the gist of my reply to her, and also to another person, who also asked the question (that "other person," by the way, is the ping-pong opponent who often beats me and claims his ping-pong prowess comes from his red meat eating habit)...

Show me red meat that has no carnitine, lecithin, or choline -- the inflammation-causing proteins that constitute it -- and I will agree with you. 
Dr. Roizen's Do-Over Tip: Learn About Your Biggest Sex Organ... Your Brain

Dr. Roizen's Do-Over Tip: Learn About Your Biggest Sex Organ... Your Brain

Monday, 09 February 2015 19:52

Want some simple ways using diet, exercise, sleep, stress management and sex to revitalize your life now and for the vital years on the horizon? Dr. Roizen has them... in his new book, This Is Your Do-Over, he explains how to reverse your mistakes, optimize your health, and live a life filled with energy and happiness. After all, nobody is too old, too out of shape, or too unhealthy to start their Do-Over today.

Dr. Roizen's Do-Over Tip for the Week: Learn About Your Biggest Sex Organ... Your Brain

Oftentimes middle school health class is where we learn all the basic biology about how our bodies work; specifically, what part goes into what part, with the outcome of extending the survival of our species. I’m not condemning sex-ed classes for doing this dutiful job; but, I also want to point out that too often these classes seem like they’re making the case that sex is about plugs and sockets, in and out, penis and vagina… that sex is about what goes on below the belt.

That, we know, is 100 percent biologically true. Can’t make babies without plugs or sockets.

But, I also think that we take that truism and hold onto it as if this law of biology is the only sexual scientific fact there is. The real truth is -- especially when you grow older and your hormones aren’t the only things that make your primal sexual decisions -- that the more important relationship isn’t groin to groin.

It’s brain to brain.
Do-Over Tip from Dr. Roizen: Love the Foods You Wish You Did

Do-Over Tip from Dr. Roizen: Love the Foods You Wish You Did

Monday, 09 February 2015 18:40

Want some simple ways using diet, exercise, sleep, stress management and sex to revitalize your life now and for the vital years on the horizon? Dr. Roizen has them... in his new book, This Is Your Do-Over, he explains how to reverse your mistakes, optimize your health, and live a life filled with energy and happiness. After all, nobody is too old, too out of shape, or too unhealthy to start their Do-Over today.

Dr. Roizen's Do-Over Tip for the Week: Love the Foods You Wish You Did

You know that double fudge caramel ice cream you’ll tearfully refuse on Monday and then eat a full pint of on Tuesday? Or that jumbo 20-serving bag of popcorn that you might maybe sometimes accidentally eat in one sitting—but just because you skipped lunch and picked at a tiny teeny yogurt cup for breakfast? This is your opportunity to retire those moments: consider yourself released from the torture of deprivation. (And please make sure you eat both breakfast and lunch!)

You might be thinking to yourself, this sounds suspicious… we are talking about giving up our most favorite fatal foods, right? But bear with me.

And seriously, this will only work if you make sure not to starve yourself. Not only does skipping meals strongly promote overeating later on as our bodies crave energy-dense and often non-nutritious foods, but it also causes your body to shut down into starvation mode, clinging for dear life to any fat it’s got. Just say no to starving yourself. It also makes you sad. Don’t do it.
Do-Over Tip from Dr. Roizen: Share Some Warm Fuzzies

Do-Over Tip from Dr. Roizen: Share Some Warm Fuzzies

Monday, 09 February 2015 18:01

Want some simple ways using diet, exercise, sleep, stress management and sex to revitalize your life now and for the vital years on the horizon?

Dr. Roizen has them... in his new book, This Is Your Do-Over, he explains how to reverse your mistakes, optimize your health, and live a life filled with energy and happiness. After all, nobody is too old, too out of shape, or too unhealthy to start their Do-Over today.

Dr. Roizen's Do-Over Tip for the Week: Share Some Warm Fuzzies

Do something nice (and unexpected) for someone in your life, or even a stranger! Be creative. Do it “just because.”

In 2014, sociologists from Notre Dame University published The Paradox of Generosity, a book based on a study of over 2,000 individuals tracked over five years from a range of socioeconomic classes and races. They found that Americans who met measures for being generous were “generally more compassionate, forgiving, in tune with others’ needs, empathetic, and more likely to see the world in terms of abundance.” And get this: giving of your time, your money, and your emotional self all significantly increase not only your happiness, but also your physical health.
The Biggest Success of the Proposed Nutrition Facts Label: Added Sugars Will Mean Less Chronic Disease & More Jobs For America

The Biggest Success of the Proposed Nutrition Facts Label: Added Sugars Will Mean Less Chronic Disease & More Jobs For America

Sunday, 16 March 2014 23:41


The United States Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) proposed changes to one of the most iconic, well-recognized designs to all Americans, were presented by First Lady Michelle Obama Thursday.

The changes are much more than a new design and adding a few numbers to the panel.

From a broader perspective, the FDA's proposed changes reflect a shift in the chance that health care changes in the future will be a tailwind rather than a headwind to American jobs and prosperity. After 30 years of US obesity rates climbing, there is a shift towards creating solutions that are in favor of American consumers, rather than the powerful food industry.

The FDA estimates that the changes will mean a one-time cost of $2.3 billion to the food industry for labeling, reformulation, and record keeping, plus small annual costs for recurring record-keeping. However the FDA also predicts that over the next 20 years, these changes will save an average of $21.1 billion to $31.4 billion in healthcare costs.

Two key changes : Calories per container and per more accurate portions and Added Sugars.

5 Keys to Living a Long, Healthy, Happy Life

5 Keys to Living a Long, Healthy, Happy Life

Friday, 07 February 2014 00:00

Last week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that found American's life expectancy has yet again increased for both men and women. Individuals born in 2009 can expect to live longer than ever before - approximately 78.5 years, up from just 78.1 years one year ago.

A gain of more than a third of a year in just one year. At this rate, this might be interpreted to mean the 30 year old person (in 2010) making healthy choices who would have been estimated to live to 95 in 2010, would make it to 115+ by the time she is 90 in 2070.

Since the data were collected and analyzed, life expectancy has increased even higher to 78.7 years, according to the CDC website, in-line with this potential. But will these be healthy vibrant years. Yes, you can make them that.

Thanks to improvements in medical technology for treating heart disease and stroke, Americans are living longer lives than ever before. The downfall of these technologies is that while they are able to buy a few extra years, they are not necessarily providing quality years of health and wellbeing.

Prevention is needed to do that.
Would Knowing Your Chance of Dying Early Change Your Behavior?

Would Knowing Your Chance of Dying Early Change Your Behavior?

Monday, 18 November 2013 02:08

Would 51-year-old James (Tony Soprano) Gandolfini or Tim ("If it's Sunday, it's Meet The Press") Russert be alive today if their docs had followed the new cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines just issued by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association?

This week, we asked that question to many of the docs with whom we work at the Wellness Institute. We just do not know enough about Gandolfini or Russert; however, you know enough about YOU—that's the key. And the likelihood is Gandofini and Russert both would have been taking statins if their docs had followed the new guidelines...and aspirin and exercising, losing weight and changing their diets (and Russert and Galdofini weren't doing food –perhaps the most important choice—right if observations and news reports are correct.) You might too—and we want you to stay alive.
Bitter Truth About Sugar: It Makes Cancer Grow

Bitter Truth About Sugar: It Makes Cancer Grow

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 15:41

Sugar - sweet to your taste buds but perhaps toxic to your body and your proteins. Just because your taste buds approve, does not mean that the rest of your body will too. Sugar is like your awful ex who was charming at the beginning of the relationship but made your life miserable by the end. Sugar works in the same way - it can easily win your taste buds over, leaving the rest of your body to suffer with the consequences.

Previous studies have shown that a high sugar diet increases the risk of hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia, and insulin resistance, but the damage does not stop there. In fact, sugar does much worse things to your proteins. Two separate studies published in August 2013 suggest that sugar is also associated with an increased risk of cancer, mortality, and lower sexual health.
Read The Label: The Gluten-Free Reality

Read The Label: The Gluten-Free Reality

Saturday, 17 August 2013 14:56

Seeing the words "gluten-free" stamped onto a box of cookies, crackers, or Twinkies is not a green light that sends you on the road to healthier living. Now that the availability of gluten-free junk foods is legitimized by appearance in "common" large grocery chains, and product offerings expanded faster than waistlines, misinformation about these allergy-friendly foods is increasing.

Oh yes, large packaged food companies are listening to the siren scream of customers for more gluten-free foods choices. But like much in the past history of food companies' service of public wants, it's demand begetting inferior (from a healthful perspective) supply. As more shoppers load their grocery carts with gluten-free pretzels and pasta, grocery suppliers and stores expand their gluten-free aisles. According to a survey conducted by the NPD group in January 2013, approximately 30% of adults in the United States reported trying to reduce or exclude gluten from their food intake.

Despite the fact that a gluten-free diet is beneficial only to folks allergic or intolerant to gluten, many perceive gluten-free foods to be healthier and associated with weight loss. The real truth: gluten-free does not equal sugar free, healthful, skinny, or low fat. In fact, gluten-free foods often are less healthy and more expensive than their healthier, less sugared, whole wheat counterparts. You need to do what is best for your health and your budget—so here's the gluten-free 411.
What Can George W’s Stent Mean To You?

What Can George W’s Stent Mean To You?

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 16:14

The Presidents' arteries, and what it means for you and yours.


George W had a positive stress test and received a stent to open up one (or was it more—we do not know) of his coronary (heart) arteries.

Was the stress test appropriate, and was the stent needed? Or could food choices have changed the need?

George W isn't the first President with arteries that show aging and plaque. Clinton's did. So did Reagan, and Ike and Harrison and Roosevelt's times two, and maybe every President. Just look at Obama's hair, or Bill C's heart arteries before he radically changed his diet and stress levels - or you can look at Ike or Harrison or - chose any President - it is a job laden with aging stress.
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