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Exercise Prescriptions for Cardiometabolic Health

Current health policy guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week coupled with reduced daily sedentary behavior by interrupting prolonged sitting with bouts of light activity every 30 minutes to promote health and quality of life. How can clinicians help patients modify sedentary behaviors—many of which are involuntary—and incorporate physical activity into their daily lives?

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Lifestyle Interventions to Modify Cardiovascular Disease Risk

For adults with cardiometabolic syndrome or other heart-related risk factors, what modifiable lifestyle factors can improve biological markers, increase health-related quality of life, and decrease overall cardiometabolic risk?

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Effects of the Microbiome on Cardiovascular Health

The health of the microbiome affects the entire body. For cardiometabolic patients, new evidence reinforces the importance of supporting gut health and monitoring the microbiome.

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Movement, Exercise, and Long-Term Health

Current evidence suggests we need an update on exercise prescriptions for CVD reduction or prevention. Learn techniques to effectively motivate patients to view exercise as a comprehensive systems biology benefit, and not just a means for weight loss.

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Depression as Risky as Obesity?

Research suggests that depression and exhaustion are as important cardiovascular risk factors as high cholesterol and obesity. Do you consider mental health when evaluating cardiometabolic risk?

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The Cardio-Focused Physical Exam

Metabolic syndrome, cardiometabolic conditions, and cardiovascular disease continue to increase. To help your patients reduce their risks, the physical exam offers a wealth of opportunities to focus your subsequent patient history and lab assessments.

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When Drugs Aren’t An Option: NAFLD

The rise in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is particularly disturbing because it increases the risks of many other conditions. Since there is no drug therapy for NAFLD, patients need lifestyle interventions that work.

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Clinical Pearls on Cardiometabolic Treatment

Like many, Shilpa P. Saxena, MD, practiced family medicine as she was trained in medical school and residency until she realized that there was actually more she could be doing for her patients’ long-term trajectory toward health or disease. Find out what she did for her patients.

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Using Functional Medicine to Reverse Type II Diabetes

Diabetic retinopathy and associated blindness and vision impairment have been increasing steadily around the world, despite a focus on glycemic control. How can we help patients with the health outcomes that matter most to them?

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Update Your Treatments for Cardiometabolic Conditions

Shilpa P. Saxena, MD, practiced family medicine as she was trained in medical school and residency, until she realized that there was more she could do for her patients.

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Experience What It's Like to Practice Functional Medicine

Imagine that Jay, a 65-year-old male, walks into your office. His primary concern is poor wound healing and high blood sugar. Personalized intervention using new tools can help achieve the best possible outcome.

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Explore Functional Medicine Tools for Cardiometabolic Patients

Despite the efficacy of lifestyle interventions, only 1.5% of US adults follow what the American Heart Association considers a healthy diet pattern. How can primary care providers bridge this gap?

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