Dr. Robert Drapkin Reveals Keys to Reversing Metabolic Syndrome in Mature Adults

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The percentage of people with metabolic syndrome increases with age and can boost a person’s chances of developing additional health problems later in life. Dr. Robert Drapkin encourages Americans to start adjusting faulty health habits now.

Dr. Robert Drapkin comments on the dangers of poor health and the ways to help avoid metabolic syndrome.

Foods that have been chemically processed and made solely from refined ingredients and artificial substances are generally known as processed foods, and they are making us fat and sick.

Metabolic syndrome is a disorder characterized by central obesity (known to many as a spare tire), insulin resistance or glucose intolerance, blood fat disorders, and high blood pressure. Having any one of these factors can put men and women at risk for additional health problems as they age. (1) Robert Drapkin, M.D., a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care, warns against the dangers of poor health habits, and encourages American’s to become a good example of health through knowledge, to prevent and eliminate metabolic diseases. Dr. Drapkin published a book entitled Over 40 & Sexy as Hell!, wherein he discusses the importance of people eating the right kinds of food, coupled with exercise, in order to stay healthy.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, the exact cause of metabolic syndrome is not known. Many characteristics are associated with insulin resistance – meaning the body does not use insulin efficiently to lower glucose and triglyceride levels. Insulin resistance can be genetic, or caused by lifestyle factors including diet, activity and possibly interrupted sleep patterns. (2) Dr. Drapkin identifies the case as “metabolic syndrome,” a modern disease associated with the man-made (processed) food Americans have grown accustomed to eating in their daily diets.

“Foods that have been chemically processed and made solely from refined ingredients and artificial substances are generally known as processed foods, and they are making us fat and sick,” said Dr. Drapkin. “The medical culture is to treat chronic diseases with medicine. Rather than taking another pill, I want to educate and show examples of how good health through knowledge can prevent and even eliminate metabolic diseases.”

Changes in diet and exercise can prevent, control, or even reverse metabolic syndrome. Dr. Drapkin encourages men and women to know the signs and start adjusting bad habits now. Dr. Drapkin advises to look where the fat is – fat that settles in the stomach boosts health risks more than the fat that sits elsewhere. It is important for men and women of all ages to know what they eat, and a plant-based diet will help curb metabolic syndrome. Dietary fiber will help lower risk by lowering cholesterol. Focus on adding foods rich in soluble fiber, such as oats and beans. Fruit juices and sugary beverages can make triglyceride levels soar. Water is the best beverage. Exercise is recommended for at least 30 minutes per day, five days a week. (1) It’s a balance. Americans need to know that diet alone is not the key to a healthy lifestyle. And exercise alone does not play a singular role. Together they work hand in hand.

“The biggest challenge we face is getting out of the rut of a bad routine; If we are overweight, we are less motivated to exercise, we tend to eat more and continue on the path to bad health,” said Dr. Drapkin. “With the right guidance and a bit of patience, anyone can improve their health at any age. And once you find and maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle, including the right amounts and types of foods, men and women will experience huge health benefits, often times eliminating the need for prescription medicines altogether."

Dr. Drapkin adds, with proper diet and exercise men and women will see improved body shape by burning fat and increasing muscle mass. The force of muscle contractions will strengthen bones. The heart muscles will enlarge and become more efficient in order to pump more blood to the skeletal muscles. Small blood vessels throughout the body will increase making the brain more efficient and perceived stress, as measured by cortisol output will decrease. Americans will sleep better, experience less anxiety, have more energy, and live longer.

Dr. Drapkin has an extensive track record of helping people reverse unhealthy habits. Inspired by his own unhealthy habits that contributed to various physical ailments and adversely affecting his well-being, Dr. Drapkin chose to educate himself on the subjects of nutrition and exercise. Now, at age 71, Dr. Drapkin is an active world-class bodybuilder. He has placed in the top five in six of the last seven competitions in which he has participated, dating back to 2009. Over 40 & Sexy as Hell! is currently available for Kindle and in paperback on Amazon.com.

About Robert Drapkin, M.D., F.A.C.P.:

Robert Drapkin, M.D., is a health care provider who is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care. For the past 36 years, Dr. Drapkin has been in active practice as a doctor, working to ensure the best quality of life for his patients as they age. While in his fifties, Dr. Drapkin became inspired by his own unhealthy habits to educate himself on diet and exercise. Dr. Drapkin went from living an unhealthy lifestyle to becoming a premier bodybuilder, At the age of 71, Dr. Drapkin has been a competitive body builder for 17 years and has won many titles and contests. Fed up by the perpetuation of myths in the subject of elderly fitness and health, Dr. Drapkin decided to share his education through public speaking, and has become a media source for accurate information regarding healthy aging. Dr. Drapkin authored the book Over 40 & Sexy as Hell! available for Kindle and in paperback on Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Over-40-Sexy-as-Hell-ebook/dp/B01BQN6CBA. For more information, visit http://drrobertmdfacp.com.

1. Taub-Dix, Bonnie. “10 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Metabolic Syndrome”, everyday health. http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/10-things-your-doctor-wont-tell-you-about-metabolic-syndrome/.

2. Diseases & Conditions. “Metabolic Syndrome.”, Clevelandclinic.org http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases_conditions/hic_Metabolic_Syndrome

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