Archive for September, 2010

47,000 Deaths and Counting

Posted on 25. Sep, 2010 by drebanks in Blog, healthy aging, Heart Disease, Preventive Wellness, Type-2 Diabetes

It is inconceivable that a product could remain on the market after it has been directly linked to tens of thousands of deaths.  But this is exactly the case we have with two popular diabetes drugs, Avandia and Actos.

Avandia was introduced in 1999 and a study performed by its maker, SmithKline Beechem (later acquired by Glaxo) found that it posed a significantly increased risk of cardiovascular events and bone fractures.  What did they do?  They suppressed the data for the next 11 years!  Read the rest of this entry »

Are You Losing Muscle Mass?

Posted on 24. Sep, 2010 by drebanks in Blog, Exercise, healthy aging, Preventive Wellness, Type-2 Diabetes, Youthful Aging

“Normal” aging is typically accompanied by easier weight gain and, along with declining hormones and decreased physical activity can reduce muscle mass, lead to frailty and a higher prevalence of metabolic disorders.  This insidious, age-related loss of muscle mass is called sarcopenia.

In many respects, sarcopenia is to muscle what osteoporosis is to bone.  The typical American gains one pound of fat and loses a half pound of muscle yearly between age 30 and 60.  Deterioration of muscle and loss of muscular strength is a major reason elderly lose mobility and cannot remain living independently.   Read the rest of this entry »

Summer on Martha’s Vineyard

Posted on 15. Sep, 2010 by drebanks in Blog, Events, Executives' Health

It was a tough assignment, but someone had to do it.  On August 13th of this year, I was invited to speak at the second annual Summer Executive Workshop 2010 , held at the Harbor View Hotel on Martha’s Vineyard.    The overall theme of the conference was “Health, Wealth and Leadership”.  Conference attendees included successful, seasoned professionals and senior level executives from across the country.   The conference provided an opportunity for top tier educational panels and informal networking in a relaxed setting.

 The keynote address was delivered by Ron Williams, Chairman and CEO of Aetna.  Three educational panels included:  Intergenerational Wealth Transfer, Executive Wellness and 21st Century Leadership.   Read the rest of this entry »

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