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Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor

Annapolis, Maryland
A practicing physician for more than 40 years and a radio talk show host for 25, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is one of a very few doctors board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and... Full Bio
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Being Slightly Overweight Shortens Life by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise A review of 19 studies covering 1.5 million people shows that being even a little bit overweight shortens your life and the heavier you are, the more likely you are to die o ... Read on »
Exercising on an Empty Stomach Can Both Prevent and Treat Diabetes by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise One of three North Americans will become diabetic because they eat a high-calorie, high-fat diet that *blocks insulin receptors *to prevent cells from responding to insulin ... Read on »
Calcium and Vitamin D Pills Questioned by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise The prestigious Institute of Medicine issued a report recommending that adult North Americans need only 1,000 milligrams of calcium and 600 IU of vitamin D per day, and that ... Read on »
Children Can Lift Weights at Any Age by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Lifting weights before puberty makes children stronger and has not been shown to stunt growth or damage the growth plates in their bones (Pediatrics, November 2010). The old ... Read on »
Air Conditioning Helps Recovery by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise A study from the University of Montana in Missoula shows that athletes recover from hard workouts faster in room temperatures of 72 F than in 91 F (International Journal of ... Read on »
Training in Heat to Improve Performance by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise A paper from the University of Oregon shows that training in the heat can improve racing performance in the cold (Journal of Applied Physiology, October 2010). Twenty compet ... Read on »
Ice Delays Recovery from Injuries by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise More than 30 years ago I coined the term RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) for the acute treatment of athletic injuries. Now a study from the Cleveland Clinic shows t ... Read on »
Soap Removes Vitamin D by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Vitamin D deficiency is very common, even among athletes who spend a lot of time outdoors. Seventy-three percent of athletes tested in a private practice were vitamin D defi ... Read on »
Danger of Swimming in Warm Water by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise We don't yet know why US swimmer Fran Crippen died in Dubai, but the most likely cause is heatstroke. He disappeared in 86 degree water barely 400 meters from the finish of ... Read on »
Intervals to Improve Both Endurance and Speed by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Cyclists, runners, and almost all other athletes have to move very fast in training to be at their best in competition. However, you can't move very fast over long distances ... Read on »
Why You Need Interval Training for Both Speed and Endurance by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise To have great endurance for any sport, you have to do interval training: short bursts of moving almost as fast as you can, slowing down until you regain your breathe and the ... Read on »
Taking Sugar When You Exercise Is Good for You by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise My last post showed how eating refined carbohydrates and drinking sugared liquids at rest can cause high blood sugar levels, increasing risk for diabetes, heart attacks and ... Read on »
Why Sugar Can Shorten or Lengthen Your Life October 10, 2010 by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise A high rise in blood sugar can damage every cell in your body. When blood sugar levels rise too high, sugar can stick to the surface of cell membranes. Once stuck there, it ... Read on »
Strength Training to Improve Endurance by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Weight lifting can improve performance in endurance sports such as running, cycling or rowing. A study from Spain divided highly trained, competitive rowers into four group ... Read on »
Lifestyle More Important than Genes for Longevity by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise How long you live is usually up to you. Extensive research show that most people who live to be 100 have never had any one else in their family also live to be 100. Longevit ... Read on »
Emergency Resuscitation by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise You are in a room where a person suddenly drops to the floor unconscious. You put your ear over his heart and hear no heartbeats. That person is dead unless you pump on his ... Read on »
Prolong Life with Exercise by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise How does exercise prolong life? The leading theory is that exercise prolongs life and prevents heart attacks and cancers by causing the body to dispose of free radicals with ... Read on »
Control Diabetes with Intense Exercise by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise "Insulin-insensitive" means that a diabetic has plenty of insulin, but lacks the ability to respond adequately to insulin that their body produces so blood sugar levels rema ... Read on »
Cycling Does Not Cause Bone Loss by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise During a six-day bicycle race, the bones of world class bicycle racers become stronger (Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme, June 2010). Bones are constantly cha ... Read on »
How Exercise Prolongs Life by Making You Stronger by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise As you age, you become progressively weaker. If you exercise regularly, you will not become as weak as other people your age who do not exercise. The same mechanism that mak ... Read on »