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27 December

Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

In this week’s New England Journal of Medicine, a well written review article on intermittent fasting highlights the benefits of this practice. In October, I was fortunate enough to hear a full day of lectures by Dr. Jason Fung, the author of “The Diabetes Code” and “The Obesity Code.” He showed us the science behind intermittent fasting. Although the current recommendations for three meals a day plus snacks are supposed to improve our health, the US population continues to both gain weight and to have an increased incidence of diabetes. In fact it is a crisis of obesity and diabetes! Our bodies were not designed to work in this fashion.

 

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24 December

Regret Over Treatment of Prostate Cancer: A Patient’s Story

I routinely see patients who regret having been treated for their prostate cancer with either surgery or radiation.  Almost none of these patients had known or been told about HIFU, High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, as an effective and non-invasive option for treating their prostate cancer.  While some studies have suggested that surgery is no better than Active Surveillance (watchful waiting), newer data from large, randomized controlled studies clearly shows that treatment is better than observation.  Nearly two thirds of men on Active Surveillance will require intervention in their lifetime due to the progression of their prostate cancer.

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21 December

“Testosterone Boosts Sexual Well-Being in Older Women”

This small but provocative study highlights the benefits of testosterone therapy in post-menopausal women. Testosterone worked as a valuable tool to improve libido and the female sexual experience. The route of administration favors creams and gels over pills due to a rise in the triglycerides and LDL cholesterol with pills. The overall cholesterol, however, was decreased with testosterone therapy. The women showed no significant adverse effects.

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16 December

Holiday Stress?: Helpful Tools to Calm Your Mind

The Holiday Season can be stressful! As we approach the end of December and the coming New Year, take a look at these Four Ways to Calm Your Mind in Stressful Times. With the use of four simple tools – breathself-compassionconnection, and compassion for others – this article helps unpack how to effectively and efficiently keep stress levels low during this holiday season and beyond.

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