Diabetes is Often Missed

New U.S. government data shows that the number of newly diagnosed diabetics dropped from 1.7 million in 2009 to 1.3 million in 2017 (BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care, May 28, 2019, 7 (1) e000657). This number should not make anyone feel good bec ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 22nd, 2019
Does Ultra-Endurance Exercise Harm the Heart?

Research evidence shows that exercise strengthens the heart, prevents and treats heart attacks and strokes, and prolongs lives (Circulation, 2018;137(18):1896-1898). The more frequently people exercise, the less likely they are to die of heart dise ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 22nd, 2019
Atrial Fibrillation: Irregular Heartbeats

Atrial fibrillation is the most common irregular heartbeat. It occurs in 1.5 to 2 percent of the general population and risk increases with age. It affects 10 percent of 75-year-olds and 20 percent of those over 85, because aging increases the risk ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 22nd, 2019
Drink Water Instead of Sweetened Drinks

Note: This report is an update of the one originally posted on 3/31/19.  New studies referenced here were published since my original report. The Nurses' Health study and The Health Professional's Follow-Up study, two of the largest ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 17th, 2019
President Van Buren and Late Onset Asthma

At age 51, Martin Van Buren became the first native-born president of the United States because he was born after the American Revolution.  He helped to build the modern Democratic party and won reparations from France for properties seized ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 17th, 2019
Electric-Assist Bikes and Trikes

I predict that in the next few years, virtually all cyclists will have motors on their bikes. I think that you can get a better training effect with a motor than without it. Anyone who has difficulty accelerating a bike will benefit from an added b ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 16th, 2019
High Plant Diet Wins Again

Chicken is not more heart-healthful than red meat, according to a new study from Oakland Research Institute. The study showed that chicken and mammal meat caused the same high rises in blood cholesterol levels that predict increased risk for heart ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 16th, 2019
Tim Conway and Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

Tim Conway starred on television for 40 years, where he played Ensign Parker on McHale's Navy for four years, created an array of comic characters on The Carol Burnett Show for 11 years, and hosted his own variety show for two years.  He r ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 16th, 2019
How to Avoid Overtraining

Athletes and serious exercisers can get into an overtraining syndrome in which they become injured or suffer frequent infections, feel exhausted, don't perform up to their usual levels, and even lose interest in training.  One of the most ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 15th, 2019
Exercise for Endurance AND Strength

If you want to gain maximum benefit from your exercise program, you should try to do both endurance (heart-lung) activities and resistance (muscle strength) training. The usual way to do this is to: • do your endurance training with an activ ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 15th, 2019
 
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