Lifestyle Shifts for the New Year

I already discussed in a prior post why I don’t like the word “resolution” which tends to set people up for inevitable failure.  I discussed using the word "habit" instead, but this year I'm talking about "shifts."   Shifts are simplistic changes and substitutions you can make that require little…


Equating Cancer Risk With Heart Disease Risk and How to Prevent Cancer

Background Insulin resistance and obesity have been linked to conditions like diabetes and heart disease, but too few of us are making the connection with cancer.  In my consult practice I see patients at high risk for heart disease, but it's important to understand that the same lifestyle risks…


A Must Have Food App for Adults and Kids

I've had the pleasure of speaking at TEDx and the opportunity to lecture to some of the biggest companies in the world on a multitude of health topics, but last week I gave what I felt was the most challenging, yet rewarding lecture of my life.  I spoke to the 5th grade classes for my twin sons,…


Solar Power and Vitamin D

Let There Be Sun I've talked in great detail about the role of a sedentary lifestyle and a carb-centric diet in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance, but what about the role of sunlight and vitamin D?  One of my interests is trying to uncover why the global burden of insulin resistance weighs so…


Is Full-Fat Dairy Ok?

Background The latest study on dairy fat once again confirms that instead of pointing our finger at the full-fat milk in that cereal bowl, it's the so-called healthy whole grain cereal or the glass of orange juice on the side we need to shift our focus to as the real culprit behind diabetes and…


What Color Is Your Fat?

I'll Have The Brown Fat Please If you think that all fat cells are inert, metabolically inactive storage containers that swell up with triglycerides, especially when we overindulge in carbohydrates, think again.  The two major types of fat produced by our body are brown and white fat.  White fat is…


The Great Rice Controversy

I often get asked why South Asians need to significantly cut back on their rice intake to help them achieve optimal health.  After all, rice has been a traditional part of the South Asian and East Asian diet for generations.  I want to start off by saying there is nothing intrinsically unhealthy…


This Antinutrient Is Abundant In Most South Asian Diets

Chemical Structure of Phytic Acid, An Antinutrient What if I told you there is a substance most South Asian families are unknowingly consuming on a daily basis that may increase the risk of osteoporosis in adults, possibly reduce growth potential in kids, and cause essential vitamin and mineral…


Metabolic Syndrome: What Cholesterol Guidelines Should Really Focus on

Gerald Reaven and I at Stanford Faculty Club Background I recently had the opportunity to meet a medical hero of mine at the Stanford University faculty club.  Gerald "Jerry" Reaven is the renown endocrinologist and researcher (pictured with me) who coined the term metabolic syndrome and is author…


A Closer Look at the New Cholesterol Guidelines

Old Cholesterol Guideline Theme: It’s All About Your LDL Number When clinical guidelines come out, there are two major levels at which they’re interpreted. The first interpretation is literal, following the guidelines to a tee. However the more important interpretation is the guideline theme. Most…


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