Fruit Beats Sports Drinks for Exercisers

Many studies show that you can exercise longer and more intensely and recover faster when you take a source of sugar during vigorous exercise. Dozens of brands of sports drinks are promoted to fill this need, but a new study from Appalachian State ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 22nd, 2018
How Much Alcohol is Safe?

A review of 83 scientific studies covering almost 600,000 current alcohol drinkers in 19 higher-income countries shows that men and women who take in as few as six drinks a week (100 grams of alcohol) are at increased risk for death from strokes, h ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 22nd, 2018
How Did Stalin Die?

On March 1, 1953, after an all-night dinner with heavy drinking among four of the highest Russian government officials, the 74 year-old Joseph Stalin collapsed at his house.  Later he was found unconscious on the floor, yet no doctors were s ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 22nd, 2018
How Exercise Reduces Dementia Risk

Almost 50 percent of North Americans over 85 and 13 percent of those over 65 suffer from Alzheimer's disease (Alzheimer's Assoc Facts and Figures, 2018). We know that you lose brain cells as you age, and scientists used to think that you co ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 15th, 2018
Can You Eat Too Much Fruit

Many scientific studies show that eating whole fruit is healthful, even for people who are diabetic. However, this month I learned that some people, especially those who are overweight, prediabetic or diabetic, may be harmed by eating very large am ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 15th, 2018
Jackie Gleason’s Colon Cancer

Jackie Gleason was the most famous television actor of his time and he was so hilarious that reruns of his shows and movies are still popular today.  • At age 33, he became Chester A. Riley in the television production of "The Li ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 15th, 2018
Good News for Male Cyclists

Cycling is not associated with increased risk for impotence or urinary symptoms. The largest and best study on the subject to date shows that serious cyclists are no more likely to suffer impotence or urinary problems than swimmers or runners (The ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 8th, 2018
Artificial Sweeteners, Obesity and Diabetes

Virtually all scientists agree that North Americans need to reduce their intake of sugar, but their views on artificial sweeteners are not as clear. Increasing evidence is showing that artificial sweeteners are not benign substitutes for sugar. In ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 8th, 2018
Milt Campbell, Olympic Decathlon Champion

Milt Campbell, one of the greatest and most versatile athletes who ever lived, died at age 78 of diabetes and prostate cancer.  Research shows that prostate cancer will affect almost every North American male if he lives long enough, and ris ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 8th, 2018
Meats Linked to Fatty Liver and Diabetes

Eating mammal meat or processed meats is associated with increased risk for diabetes, particularly if the meat is cooked at high temperatures (Journal of Hepatology, March 19, 2018). The authors showed that eating red or processed meat is associate ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 1st, 2018
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