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Fat is Expensive

By Dr. Jerry Mixon August 20, 2013

When your doctor tells you to lose weight, it’s not because they care what you look like in a bathing suit. We used to think that fat was just energy stored against the future, and that someday there will be a famine so the skinny would starve and the chubby would inherit the earth.

But that famine never came. We now know that fat produces a variety of hormones, peptides, and enzymes that can have wide-ranging impact on your health. Overweight people have increased risk of diabetes, dementia, cancer, sexual dysfunction, heart disease and strokes. It costs Medicare 50% more every year to treat an obese American compared to one of normal weight. The problem is only 20% of Medicare patients are normal weight.

If we Americans lost our extra weight, most of the healthcare crisis would disappear right along with the pounds.

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Little Things Count: Kids and Micronutrients

By Dr. Jerry Mixon July 3, 2012

If you know anything about Longevity Medical Clinic, or about me, you know that I typically focus on ways we mature adults can improve our physical, mental and psychological functions during the last half of our lives. Today’s blog is going to be quite a bit different. That’s because, as many of you know, my wife and I recently had a new baby – and like all new parents I want my baby to be as smart, well-educated, happy and successful as possible in her life. So in addition to the usual hours I spend each day reviewing the latest literature describing what happens to us during the aging process, I’ve recently been spending a little time considering the other end of the life spectrum: child development. What I want to know is: what can I do to make my baby daughter’s little brain as robust and resilient as possible?

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