Here is a short article on nutrition for preventing heart disease that I wrote for the Northern Virginia Magazine a couple of years ago. On a re-read, I can't find much to argue with!
I recently received a question from a colleague who was interested in my plan of care for a patient in regards to weight loss. I thought that my response would be of general interest so I am posting it here:
The approach that I use is a low carbohydrate/ketogenic diet. In my view, the primary benefits of this approach are that 1) it results in reliable/relatively rapid weight loss without hunger or necessity for calorie counting, 2) it minimizes carb cravings/sweet tooth and thus facilitates a transition to eating real, non-processed food, and 3) it directly addresses what is in my view the root cause of metabolic syndrome - carbohydrate intolerance and resultant insulin resistance (not fat gain - it is complicated, but I think it is more correct to view the fat gain as an effect rather than a root cause of metabolic syndrome.)
After five years in private practice cardiology with Virginia Cardiovascular Associates (now known as Carient Heart & Vascular,) I have now moved on. I am currently engaged in starting a new practice with a small group of likeminded cardiologists. I am very enthusiastic about this opportunity to practice in a new environment, continuing to provide excellent, patient-centered care. My focus will remain centered around cardiovascular prevention, life-style interventions, and obesity medicine. Between myself and my new partners, we will offer a full range of non-invasive and invasive cardiovascular services.
Dr. Eric Thorn
For Appointments Call 703-717-7780www.vhcphysiciangroup.com/cardiology
Cardiologist and Obesity Medicine Specialist.