Vigorous Exercise Won't Hurt a Healthy Heart

Some recent research articles seem to warn people not to exercise too long or too hard, but the overwhelming scientific and epidemiological evidence is that vigorous exercise strengthens a healthy heart and helps to prevent heart disease. Elite end ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | December 16th, 2018
Breast Cancer Survival Improves with Healthful Lifestyles

Almost 25 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer will eventually die of that disease (SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2015, National Cancer Institute, published online April 2018). This week, Dr. Wolfgang Janni presented data showing tha ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | December 16th, 2018
Paul Robeson, Voice of the Downtrodden

Paul Leroy Robeson was an All-American football player who became a world-famous singer and actor. He spent his entire life fighting for the rights of the working class and against ignorance and prejudice. Robeson was born in 1898 in Princeton, ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | December 16th, 2018
Cycling Cadence

Cycling is a power sport. The stronger you are, the faster you can go on a bike. Power = [force that your feet apply to the pedals] x [cadence, or how fast you spin your pedals]. Cadence is the number of pedal revolutions per minute (RPMs). Bicyc ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | December 9th, 2018
Most Type II Diabetics Could Be Cured with Lifestyle Changes

Today, more than 29 million people in North America are diagnosed as being diabetic, another 86 million have pre-diabetes, and most diabetics have not even been diagnosed. More than 88 percent of North American adults have their blood sugar levels ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | December 9th, 2018
George H.W. Bush and Vascular Parkinsonism

On November 30, 2018, George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, died of vascular Parkinsonism, a disease with many of the same risk factors as those for strokes and a heart attack.  However, he did not have the two major risk fa ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | December 9th, 2018
Inactivity Linked to Arthritis

The majority of people with arthritis are inactive, overweight, diabetic or pre-diabetic. The CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (November 9, 2018; 67(44);1238–1241) found that 32 percent of adults with arthritis have pre-diabetes or d ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | December 2nd, 2018
How Soluble Fiber Lowers High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (greater than 130/90 before you go to bed at night) markedly increases risk for heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, and premature death. Almost 50 percent of North American adults have high blood pressure, and it causes more ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | December 2nd, 2018
Micheline Ostermeyer, Olympian and Concert Pianist

It takes so much work and time to train to become outstanding at any endeavor that there are very few people who have risen to the top of the world stage in more than one field. One of the most impressive people who ever lived was Micheline Oster ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | December 2nd, 2018
Aging and Risk for Dementia

Dementia means loss of brain function, and your chance of having dementia increases with age: it affects three percent of people ages 65-74, 17 percent of those age 75-84 and 32 percent of those age 85 or older (Neurology, 2013;80(19):1778-83). Doc ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | November 25th, 2018
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