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          Dr. Hartman checks one of his patients, David.Dr. Hartman checks one of his patients, David.

Healthy and Youthful Living Clinic

By following the instructions of Franklin Hospital's age management Physician J. David Hartman, you can actually improve with age.

His family practice and youthful and healthy living clinic located on the 3rd floor East, encourages patients to follow a comprehensive approach to low-glycemic nutrition, exercise, lifestyle adjustments and supplements, coupled with hormonal optimization when clinically indicated. Dr. Hartman uses an integrated and common sense approach to treat everything from obesity and decreased sex drive to menopause and hormonal imbalances.

He treats baby boomers, teens and Medicare patients, improves their lives and tries to prevent disease. "My new patients receive an order for blood work," Dr. Hartman said. "Using the lab results, I pinpoint contributing factors to your overall health. I find indicators in the lab results to deficiencies in key nutrients, a lack of sleep and excess stress."

Dr. Hartman said he uses the words "lifestyle change" instead of "diet," because diets tend to fail. "The goal is to restore vitality and help the patient return to his or her optimal physical and mental shape," he said.

Dr. Hartman utilizes hospital equipment including a V02 treadmill to measure the rate of oxygen consumption and metabolism and a DEXA scan, the only one of its kind in Southern Illinois, that determines a person's body mass index. He pairs the equipment with a series of questions for new patients ages 15 to 69 pertaining to level of physical activity, healthy eating, and positive self and body image. Dr. Hartman also quizzes new patients on their age management goals, past medical history, a review of their overall health, an exercise summary and nutrition intake.

Dr. Hartman is accepting new patients. For more information or to make an appointment, call 618-439-3161, ext. 9780.