Doctors Drive 3,000 Miles to Help Men Find Safe Balance in Diet and Fitness

Survey finds millennials are more likely to go to extremes to reach fitness goals

(ORLANDO, Florida) – Working toward your fitness goals can have some great health benefits, but how much is too much? Extreme diets and fitness regimens are increasingly popular among those trying to achieve a better body—especially among one particular age group. A new national survey by Orlando Health found that millennials are most likely to use supplements and workout more than four times per week, something doctors warn could lead to unintended health consequences.

    “We live in a culture where people want results fast, so a lot people think that if they push their bodies to the max or take all these supplements, they’ll reach their goals faster,” said Dr. Sijo Parekattil, a urologist at Orlando Health and co-director of the PUR Clinic. “Supplements are not regulated by the FDA, so not only is there no guarantee that what is on the label is in that product, but you don’t know how your body might react to the ingredients.”

    Dr. Parekattil says supplements can interact with other medications, raise your blood pressure or even cause fertility issues, while intense workout schedules put a lot of strain on the body and may not be sustainable. To bring awareness to these potential dangers, Parekattil and his co-director of the PUR Clinic, Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, will hit the road for their 5th annual Drive for Men’s Health. The duo will drive 3,000 miles from New York City to Orlando, stopping in cities along the way to help men find a healthy balance in their daily routines. They hope to encourage men to make annual appointments with their doctors and open a conversation about male body image.

    “Men may not talk about it, but they have body image issues just like women,” said Brahmbhatt. “It’s important for them to focus on being healthy rather than trying to look like bodybuilders or fitness models. Finding a sustainable routine is going to give them better results that they can maintain for the rest of their lives.”

    To follow along with the doctors’ journey or to catch up with them at a Drive for Men’s Health event, go to DriveForMensHealth.com or follow #Drive4Men on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Jamin Brahmbhatt, MD, and Sijo Parekattil, MD, examine the label of a supplement bottle. They say most people can get the vitamins and nutrients that they need from food and that taking supplements can have unintended health effects if used without supervision.

Damien Taglione says he tries to get the nutrients his body needs from whole foods rather than supplements. A new survey by Orlando Health found that millennials are more likely to use supplements than any other age group, something doctors warn could have hidden dangers.

Jamin Brahmbhatt, MD, talks to Damien Taglione during his annual exam. Dr. Brahmbhatt says men who think they’re living a healthy lifestyle often assume they don’t need to see their doctor, but that making an appointment once a year is important for disease prevention.

Damien Taglione drinks a protein shake after a workout. A new national survey by Orlando Health found that millennials are more likely than any other age group to use supplements and workout more than four times per week to reach their fitness goals, something doctors say might not necessarily be healthy or sustainable.

Jamin Brahmbhatt, MD and Sijo Parekattil, MD, both urologists at Orlando Health, embark on their 5th annual Drive for Men’s Health. Starting in New York City, they’ll drive 3,000 miles, opening conversations with men about body image, helping them find balance in their diet and fitness routines and encouraging then to make their health a priority.

Jamin Brahmbhatt, MD and Sijo Parekattil, MD, both urologists at Orlando Health, embark on their 5th annual Drive for Men’s Health. Starting in New York City, they’ll drive 3,000 miles, opening conversations with men about body image, helping them find balance in their diet and fitness routines and encouraging then to make their health a priority.