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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Follow-up to my earlier blog post

Eating Fruits and Veggies Reduces Stroke Risk

Researchers are reporting that after reviewing 20 past studies (this includes more than 760,000 individuals) for every 200 grams of fruit consumed a day, the stoke risk decreased by 32% and for every 200 grams of veggies consumed per day, the risk for stoke dropped by 11%.

So as I stated earlier today, please focus on eating a well balanced diet - one filled with lots of fruits and veggies.

The Truth About Supplements

There is no proof that they work!

There I have said it. It is a fact that many of my patients and friend don't want to hear. However, at this time, there is no clinical randomized, trial results that show any benefit to any of the many supplements that are advertised and written about on the web.

Many of my patients have heard me discuss this with them in the past. 

When I was in medical school and starting my residency, there were many patient taking Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Both of these have been shown not to prevent heart disease. (Vitamin E may actually increase the risk of heart disease). 

When I was in fellowship, there were many patient taking folic acid (folate) and Vitamin B complexes. Both of these have been shown not to prevent heart disease. 

Despite all that has been written about Vitamin D, a recent study has shown that Vitamin D is no linked with heart disease

Many, many people are using fish oil (Omega-3 fatty acids) to reduce their risk of heart disease. Guess what? A recent study just found no benefit of Omega-3 fatty acids in reducing/preventing heart disease. 

Resveratol, a compound found in red wine, gapes and dark chocolate, does increase longevity or reduce the risk of heart disease. 

So what can you do?  Eat well and exercise. 

Studies have consistently shown that staying active and getting lots of exercise and  eating a well balanced diet, one high in fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans (Mediterranean Style, DASH, Vegetarian, Vegan) reduces your risk of heart disease. 

Therefore, stop supplementing and just start living a healthy, active, well balanced life. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Get ready for it... June is #MobileFit Month!

As many of you know, I love fitness and I love gadgets. Therefore, what could be better than a fitness gadgets. This June, iMore and Connectedly will be focusing on apps and accessories to help motive, track and improve your fitness. Read below for more info.
The iPhone Blog Get ready for it... June is #MobileFit Month!

We're looking forward to making June the month we dedicate to the intersection of technology and fitness. We're going to explore and highlight fitness, diet and health apps for your platform. We're going to explore accessories that help you get the most of your workout. We'll look at connected devices that will help you achieve your fitness goals. June is where we all get #MobileFit.
You'll find great content focused on fitness all month across iMore, Android Central, CrackBerry and Windows Phone Central. This year, #MobileFit will be hosted by Connectedly – our newest community dedicated to the next era of connected devices. Things like smartwatches and wearables are leading the current charge to the next generation of health and fitness, which is why we want to use Connectedly, and their forums, as our basecamp for fitness. You'll still find platform specific content on the site of your choice, but Connectedly is where we'll be hosting content that is more platform agnostic – like which pair of headphones will help you kick ass during your weekend. There you'll also find our #MobileFit Month forum where you can discuss anything and everything related to Mobile Fit during the month of June.
Mobile Fit doesn't officially start until June, but we figured we'd get the word out so you can get ready. We wanted to share a few of our plans for the month with you and solicit some community feedback to make Mobile Fit all about you.

Fitbit Challenge

This month we're going to be doing a fun challenge for those who have a Fitbit activity tracker. We'll be setting up an activity group where we all compete with one another to be super active. Those that get active in the group will walk (or run) away with some cool new gear. This challenge starts on June 1st, which is this coming Sunday. This gives you time to pick up the Fitbit of your choice before the challenge starts. Already have a Fitbit? Then join the group!
Don't worry, this isn't the only way to win anything during Mobile Fit. We've got a ton of smaller prizes and contests we will be doing throughout the month.
So you don't miss anything, be sure to visit and bookmark connectedly.com/mobilefit, which will serve as the main event page for #mobilefit month and will pull in all related content from across participating sites.

Get social

Could you tell that #MobileFit was going to be our hashtag for the month? We want to see how you use technology to stay fit. Use the hashtag throughout the month to show us and others how you use tech to stay fit and healthy.
We can't wait to get fit with you.