On Wednesday, September 28th, 2022, at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, President Biden introduced a national strategy that recognizes the critical role that nutrition plays in health.  Efforts were spurred by the fact that 80% of our health expenditures go to treat preventable illnesses, and that one in ten households still do…

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Alcohol Consumption and Gastrointestinal Cancer Risk:  Drinking Frequency vs Quantity A study from Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, S. Korea, recently released in JAMA Network Open, shows drinking frequency being more important than the alcohol quantity in raising the risk of GI cancer.  The 6 cancers targeted in the study were: esophagus, stomach, colorectal, liver,…

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One of the talks at the conference was “Beyond Carb Counting: Why Plant-Based Nutrition is Sweet Medicine for Insulin Resistance”. It was delivered by Dr. Michelle McMacken, a board-certified internal medicine physician and an assistant professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine. She is vegan and is deeply involved with encouraging her patients to…

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What’s New In Cholesterol Treatment? Do you ever wonder why cholesterol is important?  We all wish we had the power to predict the future.  While physicians do not have a crystal ball to see into the future, we use medical research to try to tell each patient what diseases they are at most risk of…

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Recent news in the prevention of diabetes is that weight training and yoga help decrease the risk of diabetes in women who have already been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Although it does not appear to be as effective as cardio exercise, such as biking, jogging or swimming in that regard,it’s good to know it provides additional benefit. This…

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Why, you might ask, should there be a symposium on heart disease in women? When we talk about pregnancy-related issues, uterine fibroids, and other ‘female issues’, it’s obvious why discussions need to focus on females, but why would that be true for heart disease? Well, having just returned home from just such a conference, I think…

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