Our Exclusive Interview with Dr. La Puma

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John La Puma MD is a practicing physician, board-certified in internal medicine and a professionally trained chef.  His mission is to help you get measurably, happily healthier with what you eat and how you live.
Three of his books–Cooking the RealAge Way, The RealAge Diet and ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine–have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into 8 languages. His new book, REFUEL, aims to change how men think about what they eat–as fuel too–and to help men become stronger, healthier and the best versions of themselves.
The Wall Street Journal calls him a “Secret Weapon” against cholesterol and heart disease. He taught the first Nutrition and Cooking course for medical students in the US, at SUNY-Upstate with Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic, and the first Culinary Medicine course for clinical medical students in the US, at DMU.  Dr. La Puma developed the recipes for Dr. Oz and Roizen’s YOU the Owner’s Manual. Repeatedly named “One of America’s Top Physicians” by Consumers’ Research Council,  Dr. La Puma has been honored with the American Medical Association/National Association of Medical Communicators “Award of Excellence”.
His new “PBS ChefMD Shorts” series can be seen available nationwide through 2016, and his “Refuel Minute” series is available on YouTube. He is based in and sees patients in Santa Barbara, California.
What is Refuel?
REFUEL is a 24 day eating plan specifically engineered for the male brain and body designed to boost testosterone levels, help men shed fat, pump up strength and stamina and improve sexual performance.
What is the crisis in men’s health?
Men die 5.2 years earlier than women. They get diabetes at BMI of 31 vs 33. They get 3x the heart attacks and fatal cardiac events before the age of 64.
They have 4x the suicide rate of women. Over a quarter of men have a major psychiatric event in their lives, but less than a quarter of women.
50% of men will get cancer, but only 33% of women.
23% of men don’t see the doctor in a year, versus just 12% of women.
Social norms pressure women to be thin. But the current obesity epidemic is really an epidemic in men.: 27.5% were obese in 1999, but 35% are now; in women, it has been 35% for the last 15 years.
Men’s tolerance for ignoring high blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol is very high–much higher than that of women.
You can read more of this interview in our Jan/Feb 2014 issue of ModelsMania.

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