What Do High Triglycerides Mean?

If your routine blood tests show that you have high triglycerides (greater than 150 mg/dl), this usually means that you are at high risk for diabetes and all of its side effects, including heart attacks (Eur Heart J, Feb 14, 2018;39(7):620-622). Yo ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 26th, 2018
Philip Roth and Heart Failure

The noted novelist Philip Roth has died at age 85 of heart failure, even though he had changed many of his lifestyle risk factors that caused him to suffer a heart attack at the very young age of 56, which required bypass surgery of all five arte ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 26th, 2018
Physically Active Jobs vs Leisure-Time Exercise

A review of 17 studies, covering almost 200,000 people, found that men who work at the most physically active jobs have an 18 percent higher risk of premature death compared to people with less physically-demanding jobs (British J of Sports Medicin ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 20th, 2018
Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Joint Pain

Eighty percent of North Americans have X-ray evidence of osteoarthritis by age 65, and 60 percent have significant joint pain. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of joint pain and since there is no effective treatment, doctors usually just pres ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 20th, 2018
Browning Ross, Distance Running's Founding Father

Browning Ross was truly the father of road racing in America. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field teams in 1948 and 1952, and Pan American Games 1500 meter (metric mile) champion in 1951.  He won many hundreds of long distanc ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 20th, 2018
Why Intermittent Fasting Works

Obesity shortens lives by increasing risk for diabetes, heart attacks, strokes and many cancers, yet the dozens of widely-promoted weight loss diets have failed to stop the epidemic of obesity that has spread for the last 50 years. Daily restrictio ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 13th, 2018
Keto Diet Not Likely to Help Athletes

This month a study from St. Louis University shows that a low-carbohydrate, high-fat (LCHF) ketogenic diet impairs performance in sports that require speed (The J of Sports Med and Phys Fit, April 4, 2018). Most other studies come to the same concl ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 13th, 2018
Audrey Hepburn's Rare Cancer

Audrey Hepburn was a movie star, ballet dancer, model and humanitarian who suffered such extreme starvation as a child during the Nazi occupation of Holland that she came out of World War II weighing only 88 pounds in a 5'6" frame.  ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 13th, 2018
Some Health Benefits of Exercise May Come from Changes in Colon Bacteria

A six-week program of exercise markedly increased the types of healthful colon bacteria and their functions in healthy but previously sedentary people (Med Sci Sports Exerc, Apr 2018;50(4):747-757). The 18 lean and 14 obese study participants follo ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 6th, 2018
Nuts Linked to Improved Colon Cancer Outcomes

A 6.5-year-long study followed 826 people who had been diagnosed with colon cancer that had already spread to their lymph nodes and been treated with chemotherapy and radiation. The researchers found that those who ate at least two one-ounce servin ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 6th, 2018
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