Jean Harlow the Blonde Bombshell

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Jean Harlow was voted one of the greatest actresses of the 1930s Golden Age by the American Film Institute and was the first movie actress to be on the cover of Life Magazine, even though she was a film actress for only 10 years and appeared in only 41 movies. She died at age 26. Marilyn Monroe admired her and copied her sexually-provocative … [Read more...]

When should you check your blood pressure?

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

When is right time to check your blood pressure? Knowing when to take your blood pressure can help you predict your likelihood of suffering a heart attack. We know that having high blood pressure markedly increases your risk for heart attacks. Blood pressure is usually lowest just before you go to bed at night and when you first wake up in the … [Read more...]

Johnny Cash the Man in Black taught us some life lessons

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Johnny Cash wrote nearly 1500 songs and may have been America’s most famous country singer. His fans included every president from Richard Nixon on, and almost everyone recognizes his voice. In his fifties he was diagnosed with diabetes, an avoidable and potentially curable disease that made him miserable for the last two decades of his life. He … [Read more...]

Toshiko D’Elia, marathon champion, dies at 84

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Toshiko D’Elia, who broke many age-group world marathon records for women over 50, died of brain cancer on February 19, 2014. She was the first woman over age 50 to run a marathon in under three hours, in 2:57:25 (August, 1980) and the first woman over age 65 to run under 7:00 minutes in the mile (1997). She won 29 age-group marathon championships … [Read more...]

Sugar added to foods linked to heart attack risk

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

By Gabe Mirkin, MD Many epidemiologic studies have suggested that high intake of added sugars is associated with increased heart attack risk factors (JAMA, April, 2010;21;303(15):1490-7). This month, a report from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey shows that eating sugar-added foods and drinks is associated with increased … [Read more...]

The sad story of Karen Carpenter

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

By Dr. Gabe Mirkin Karen Carpenter and her brother Richard sang together to form “The Carpenters”, one of the leading singing groups in the 1970s. When she died of heart failure at age 32, she made the world painfully aware of a disease called anorexia nervosa. Dieting by Age 16 Karen was born in 1950 in New Haven, Connecticut and moved with … [Read more...]

John von Neumann, father of the computer revolution

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

By Gabe Mirkin, MD  John von Neumann made major discoveries in more different fields of mathematics than any other mathematician in the history of the world. During World War II, he was the person most responsible for the method used to detonate the atom bomb. After WW II, he started the whole computer revolution and his breakthroughs lead to … [Read more...]

The link between sugar and cancer

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

By Dr. Gabe Mirkin We have known for many years that cancer cells take in way too much sugar, but have not known whether cancer causes the increased use of sugar by cancer cells or that sugar causes normal cells to become cancerous. This month, Mina Bissell of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory presented research confirming that cancer … [Read more...]

Richard Nixon’s paranoia

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

On November 8, 1960, John Kennedy was elected President of the United States by a slim margin of 112,827 votes. His Electoral College victory margin of 303 to 219 was the closest since 1916. One of the reasons Kennedy won was because he had prevented Richard Nixon from revealing his medical records. Throughout the grueling campaign, Kennedy … [Read more...]

Chewing raises blood sugar response to food

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Chewing rice 30 times before swallowing it raised blood sugar much higher than chewing rice 15 times (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, published online November 13, 2013). • Glucose Response was raised from 155 to 184mmol/min/l • Peak Glycemic Index: 2.4 to 2.8mmol/l, and • Glycemic Index: 68 to 88. The more you chew your food up, … [Read more...]

Amphetamines found in supplements

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration scientists tested 21 “all natural” supplements claiming to help weight loss, increase energy and stabilize mood, and found that nine of them contained manufactured amphetamines (Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, November 2013). Manufactured amphetamines are found nowhere in nature and therefore … [Read more...]

Calculate your fitness age

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

VO2max can be used to predict a person’s risk of premature death from a heart attack. Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have developed a simple way to estimate a person’s VO2max, his maximal ability to take in and use oxygen (Med Sci Sports Exerc, November 2011;43(11):2024-30). The researchers had 4637 healthy … [Read more...]

Nuts associated with reduced risk for diabetes

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Nuts are full of fat, but it appears that eating nuts does not increase risk for obesity or diabetes. Almost 1000 people who did not have diabetes or metabolic syndrome were followed for six years. Those who ate nuts at least twice a week were 32 percent less likely to develop metabolic syndrome than those who rarely consumed nuts (Public Health … [Read more...]

Intensity more important than duration

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

How fast you move throughout the day is more important for preventing weight gain than how long you move. Every minute per day spent engaging in high-intensity movement is associated with a five percent decreased chance for obesity in women, and a two percent decrease in men. Researchers measured duration and intensity of physical activity from … [Read more...]