Caffeine improves multi-day performance

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Caffeine taken on consecutive days of sports competition improves speed and endurance both days, according to a new study from Norway. Scientists have known for more than 100 years that taking caffeine before athletic competition improves strength, speed and endurance over all-out efforts lasting from 10 to 60 minutes (Med Sci Sports Exerc, 2013; … [Read more...]

Ray Charles, true genius

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Ray Charles was an incredibly talented singer and composer of jazz, blues, gospel, and country music. He appeared at the presidential inaugurations of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton and had many great hit songs such as “What’d I Say” and “Hit the Road Jack.” His “Georgia on My Mind” became the state song of Georgia. Frank Sinatra called him “the … [Read more...]

Testing for a fatty liver

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

A sonogram of your liver will show how much fat you store in your liver. This simple and safe test will show if you have diabetes or are headed for diabetes. A study of 12,454 North Americans showed that 22 percent had non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which means that they have too much fat stored in their livers (Am J Epidemiol, July, … [Read more...]

Clark Gable’s lousy lifestyle

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Clark Gable had just about every known lifestyle risk factor for the heart attack that killed him at the young age of 59. Best known for his role as Rhett Butler in “Gone with the Wind” (1939), he was the leading man in more than 60 motion pictures and was nominated three times for an Academy Award for Best Actor. He appeared with Joan Crawford in … [Read more...]

Gluten-free doesn’t make it good for you

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Several popular books claim that eating gluten in wheat will cause just about every imaginable symptom a person can have, and that avoiding wheat will cure these symptoms. This is true for people with celiac disease, but celiac disease affects only about one person in a hundred.Celiac disease is caused by an immune reaction to gluten and can … [Read more...]

Tom Hanks, diabetes and yoyo dieting

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Tom Hanks’ films have grossed more than $4.2 billion in the United States and Canada, and more than $8.4 billion worldwide. He is the highest grossing actor of all-time with an average of $107 million per film. Seventeen of his films have grossed more than $100 million.Hanks has had high blood sugar levels on and off since he was 36 years old, … [Read more...]

Dr. Oz’s ‘Miracle Cures’

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Applied Food Sciences, Inc, a maker of green coffee bean extract, will pay $3.5 million to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for claiming that their product helps people lose weight. The FTC said that their claims were based on “a study of weight loss that was so hopelessly flawed that no reliable conclusions could be drawn from it.”Yet this … [Read more...]

Grace Kelly, death of a princess

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Grace Kelly was a famous Hollywood actress who became Princess Grace of Monaco and died at age 54 after driving a car off a hilly Monaco road. Her father was Jack Kelly, a wealthy Philadelphia construction contractor who was also a three-time Olympic gold medal winner in rowing. Her brother was also an Olympic rowing champion.After high school, … [Read more...]

Joan Rivers: No procedure is risk-free

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Joan Rivers, one of our best-known comedians who built her career on self-deprecating jokes and criticisms of the rich and famous, died at age 81 on September 4, 2014. Her death came a week after her heart stopped beating when she was given anesthetics so a tube could be put down her throat to check her vocal chords.Rivers spent 50 years in … [Read more...]

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...]