Why Women (and Men) Struggle with Weight Loss and Health

Background This blog post is applicable to both women and men, but I am going to focus a bit more on women since in my practice women struggle so much more with weight loss than men.  For many women it has become a 24/7 obsession that takes over their life, or is at the very least a constant…


Why Women Must Worry About Heart Disease

Background Despite all of the awareness around heart disease prevention, it's troubling that women are still viewed differently than men, even though heart disease remains the number one killer in women.  Women generally still perceive breast cancer as a greater threat to their health despite the…


A Heart Attack at the Movies: What Everyone Should Know

Background I'm about to share an incredible story with you that happened over this past summer.  In my clinic I see patients before and after heart attacks, but not typically during one.  My family and I had just exited a movie theater on a Sunday afternoon and I was walking ahead when suddenly my…


This Single Thought Process Can Ruin Your Health

Background A few recent accounts of suicide in the families of some of my patients along with headlines of fashion icon Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain taking their own lives led me to write this post.  The root causes of mental health issues are incredibly complex, so during…


6 Key Steps to Lowering High Blood Pressure

Background High blood pressure is becoming increasingly common in my clinic.  It truly is a "silent killer" since the majority of people feel no symptoms until something serious happens like a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure or blindness.  This means you need to be periodically monitoring your…


My Thoughts on the Latest Diabetes Guidelines Calling for “Looser” A1C Targets

Background The American College of Physicians (ACP), a major force in creating practice standards for primary care doctors has called for moving the A1C target level of 6.5% or below to a target level between 7-8% instead.  If you're not familiar with A1C (aka HbA1C or glycohemoglobin), this is a…


Can Resolutions, Goals and High Expectations Sometimes Harm Your Health?

Background I’ve blogged about New Year’s resolutions in the past and although I’m a fan of goal setting, I also wonder what it would be like to have a goal of “no goal.”  In other words, learning to be more present and not constantly be driven by expectations from myself and others.   This is not…


Is Type 2 Diabetes Reversible and How Can You Do It?

Background At no time during my years of medical training did any of my mentors or colleagues ever tell me that type 2 diabetes (will refer to as T2D) was potentially reversible.  Instead it was described as a preventable condition in its early stages, but once you were diagnosed, then you would…


Is Your Liver Fat? The Rising Incidence of Fatty Liver in Adults and Kids

Background This post was prompted by a blog reader who was concerned about her 10-year-old son developing fatty liver. Unfortunately, this is becoming too common as you'll soon learn.  During medical training I learned about fatty liver occurring in alcoholics.  Chronic intake of alcohol impairs…


The Link Between Stomach Acid and Optimal Health

Updated 10/22/2019 Background The focus of my clinical practice and work is on cardiometabolic disorders (obesity, diabetes, cholesterol disorders, heart disease, insulin resistance, etc.), so why am I talking about acidity and digestion in this post? As I started seeing patients with…


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