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The Cardiovascular Benefits of Intermittent Fasting


Introduction Intermittent fasting has become increasingly popular over the past couple of years, as a means not only of helping weight loss, but also for touted benefits of favorably influencing our genes to reduce aging,  reducing inflammation (the root cause for most chronic diseases), and increasing cellular repair through a process called autophagy (when cells remove dysfunctional intracellular proteins that have accumulated) . Does scientific evidence support these claims? What Happens When We Eat? Every time we consume food, our body breaks down the protein, carbohydrates, and fats into amino acids, sugars, and fatty acids, respectively. While refined carbohydrates (not whole-food [...]

The Cardiovascular Benefits of Intermittent Fasting2019-08-03T02:02:13+00:00

Side Effects of Statins


Despite the proven benefits of the cholesterol-lowering statin medications in reducing future cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes, particularly in those with known cardiovascular disease, many patients remain reluctant to take these medications due to potential perceived side effects. In complying with current cardiology guidelines, I encourage all patients with known vascular disease, including those who have adopted a heart-healthy, plant-based lifestyle to take a statin. Dr. Robert Vogel recently presented data which should help to ease the minds of the many patients concerned about potential statin side-effects.(6) One potential side-effect of statins is the possibility that they may [...]

Side Effects of Statins2018-05-15T09:53:16+00:00

Walk With A Doc!


This original article was written by Brad Biskup,  a Physician Assistant at the University of Connecticut Health system. He is a Diplomat of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and primarily focuses on lifestyle health in cardiovascular patients. He discusses the importance of giving patients an individualized exercise prescription that is appropriate for their level of fitness, rather than simply using standard guideline recommendations. This approach can help to improve compliance and health benefits and minimize the risk of injury.   Adapted from original article in  The Conversation, December 26, 2017 Gyms across the country are often packed with people vowing to “get moving” [...]

Walk With A Doc!2018-05-13T18:27:28+00:00