Small rises in blood sugar cause memory loss

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center used magnetic resonance imaging to show that even small rises in blood sugar levels can reduce blood flow to the dentate gyrus, the part of the brain that controls memory (Annals of Neurology, December 2008). This may give us the explanation for memory loss that occurs with aging and why exercise … [Read more...]

Overweight increases cancer risk

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

A study in the UK that followed 5.24 million people for 7.5 years identified more than 166,000 who developed at least one of 22 cancers. Each 5-point elevation of BMI above normal (equal to about 30 pounds for a person 5’6″ tall) was associated with significantly higher risk for cancers of the uterus, gallbladder, kidney, liver, colon, cervix, … [Read more...]

Should you eat breakfast?

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Skipping breakfast will not help you lose weight or cause you to gain weight. This month’s issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition contains three studies on breakfast. One study shows that whether you eat breakfast or not doesn’t affect your weight at all (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2014;100:507-13). Three hundred … [Read more...]

Sinead O’Connor’s Fibromyalgia

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Sinead O’Connor is an Irish singer and songwriter who became famous in the late 1980s and has been a strong moralist, speaking out against war and against the abuse of women and children. Her career has been interrupted by bipolar disorder and fibromyalgia. In the spring of 2012, she appeared on her way back from illness with a release of a UK Top … [Read more...]

Families with diabetes produce strong athletes

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

A study from Italy confirms that elite track and field athletes who have a family history of diabetes have larger muscles, weigh more, and are better athletes (Springerplus, 2014;3:224). Forty six young male élite athletes were tested; thirteen with a family history of diabetes and thirty-three without. The athletes were asked to pedal or run as … [Read more...]

Farrah Fawcett: The price of beauty

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Sometimes it may not be so good to be one of the most beautiful women in the world, a famous actress who was a four-time Emmy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe Award nominee and was ranked by TV Guide as “One of the 50 Greatest TV stars of All-Time”. Beautiful, famous women often attract handsome promiscuous men who share their acquired and … [Read more...]

Forty percent of North Americans will become diabetic

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

The diabetes and obesity epidemics increase lifetime risk of type II diabetes to about 40 percent for both men and women, said Edward Gregg, chief of the epidemiology and statistics branch in the division of diabetes translation at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, published online Aug. … [Read more...]

Robin Williams: Brilliance and depression

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

This week we lost one of the greatest comics and actors of our time when Robin Williams took his own life at his home in California. He was 63. How could a person who appeared to have everything commit suicide? • He was world-famous as an actor, screenwriter, voice actor and stand-up comedian. Over his 30-year career, he was nominated for the … [Read more...]

Brian Piccolo and testicular cancer

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

In 1969, Brian Piccolo was a 26-year-old fullback for the Chicago Bears in the National Football League when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He died from that disease in 1970. He was immortalized in “Brian’s Song”, the movie of his life that was first released in 1971 and remade in 2001. In 1996, 26 years later, 25-year-old Lance … [Read more...]

Edith Piaf, old too young

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Edith Piaf was a French cabaret singer who became famous throughout the world during the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. She captivated listeners with her sad, seemingly autobiographical songs of lost love, sorrow and deprivation. She was born into poverty and prostitution, was only 4′ 8″ tall and spent her entire life with an … [Read more...]

Too Many Stents

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

In the last ten years, seven million North Americans have spent more than $110 billion to have stents put into the arteries leading to their hearts and the vast majority probably should not have had this surgical procedure in the first place. It is my opinion, and that of many heart specialists, that stents should not be put into the heart arteries … [Read more...]

Paul Robeson, voice of the downtrodden

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Paul Leroy Robeson was an All-American football player who became a world-famous singer and actor. He spent his entire life fighting for the rights of the working class and against ignorance and prejudice. Robeson was born in 1898 in Princeton, New Jersey, the youngest of five children of Reverend William Drew Robeson, a Presbyterian minister and … [Read more...]

Exercise for better gut bacteria

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

A study from Ireland shows that exercise may help to control weight by increasing the number and types of bacteria in your intestines (Gut, published online June 9, 2014). Three groups of people were compared: • competitive rugby athletes exercising many hours each day, • men with normal body weight who exercised occasionally, and • men who were … [Read more...]

Bruce Lee: Fists of Fury

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Bruce Lee was the most influential martial artist of the 20th century. In the 1970′s, his fame as a movie star and martial arts instructor sparked North American interest in Asian martial arts. At age 32, he died suddenly from massive swelling of his brain, most likely caused by a rare reaction to aspirin. A Born Leader He was born in Chinatown, … [Read more...]

How much fish should you eat?

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

A recent editorial from Cornell concludes that nobody really knows how much fish you can eat without harming yourself or the environment (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May, 2014;99(5): 973-974). The editorial, by respected nutritionists Marion Nestle and Mal Nesheim, notes three dilemmas: “Eating more fish might raise methyl mercury … [Read more...]