Sept. 11, 2020

126: The Strongest Weapon Against Heart Disease and COVID-19 is Your Immunity | Dr. ASEEM MALHOTRA MD

126: The Strongest Weapon Against Heart Disease and COVID-19 is Your Immunity | Dr. ASEEM MALHOTRA MD

My guest today is Dr Aseem Malhotra, an NHS Consultant Cardiologist, and visiting Professor of Evidence Based Medicine. He is a world renowned expert in the prevention, diagnosis and management of heart disease.


Dr Aseem's passion for writing on and researching various health related issues has resulted in a vast quantity of published academic articles in major medical journals, as well as many other public acknowledgments.

So today, As we continue to learn more about #COVID-19, we continue to see a pattern in those more at risk. People who aren’t metabolically healthy (think obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension) are much more likely to experience severe complications if they are to get the virus. 

And to put that in perspective, only 1 in 8 Americans are considered metabolically healthy. That means a lot of us are at risk during this already alarming time. We can start changing that today, though, and create a newfound health baseline while creating a greater level of resilience when it comes to chronic disease and future situations like this. 

The #MetabolicSyndrome (MetS) has been called a global epidemic by the WHO1 and is considered a major public health problem, with 34% of Americans over the age of 20 estimated to be affected. Among adolescents, 9.4% are estimated to have MetS and the prevalence rises to 44.2% among those that are obese.
MetS is known to affect cognition and raise the risk for dementia which is why I have introduced it twice now on The Neuro Experience podcast. 

In medicine, and specifically in medical training, there are three types of errors: technical errors, judgmental errors, and normative errors. (Technically, there is a fourth called quasi-normative errors, but we’ll save that for another time.) Dr. Aseem draws on his experience in evidence based medicine and talks to us about making good judgement in medicine. 

In this episode you will learn: 

  1. The five biomarkers of metabolic dysfunction  
  2. Dr. Aseem’s personal experience with belly fat and excessive sugar intake
  3. Health disparities and COVID-19 outcomes
  4. Metabolic disease, excess body fat, and chronic inflammation lead to worse outcomes from COVID-19, as well as from the flu
  5. Intermittent fasting and the ketogenic diet
  6. Drivers of chronic disease and misery 
  7. Evidence based medicine - why doctors need to stay up-to-date and informed 
  8. Misinformation in the medical community

Dr. Aseem can be found here.
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