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From Personal Health Journey to Passion Project

June 15, 2023

As an ER physician, I spent decades treating patients when they got sick. But as I entered my mid-40s, and I started to focus more on my own health, I was drawn to the field of longevity medicine. I enlisted the help of an MD who is a leader in longevity medicine, and I asked her to guide and mentor me. During the course of about 18 months, my bloodwork dramatically improved, and I lost 44 lbs. while building muscle and reducing fat. As my body transformed physically, my previous notions about weight loss and health were challenged. I immersed myself in the growing body of research and data surrounding longevity medicine, GLP1s for weight loss and more. It didn’t take long for me to realize that this is my passion.

As I continued on my own health journey, I helped numerous friends and family begin theirs. This is what inspired me to open Innovative Vitality, a medical practice dedicated to prevention and longevity. It is a privilege to help people improve their health in such a meaningful way.

What is longevity medicine?

Longevity medicine focuses on preventing age-related diseases and increasing lifespan. When you practice longevity medicine, you look at all of the factors that impact one’s health. This includes weight, sleep, nutrition, exercise, genetics, family and personal medical history and much more. Longevity medicine providers essentially take primary care to the next level by optimizing your health.

My health update

In 18 months, I completely transformed my health. I lost 44 pounds. I improved my body fat to muscle ratio, and my bloodwork shows improvements on the inside, too. Most importantly, I feel better than I ever have before. I have more energy. I sleep better, and I have gained confidence.

How did I do it?

Below are the five key steps that I took to improve my health. Yes, “diet and exercise” are part of it, but let me tell you, it’s numbers 1, 2 and 4 that are the key to success with weight management.

  • Intermittent fasting
  • Blood glucose regulation and monitoring
  • Healthy eating
  • Added important supplements to optimize my bloodwork
  • Exercise that is intentional and focused

Bringing Something I Believe in to Patients

I genuinely believe in the value of longevity medicine. We know more now than we did 20 years ago. We have tools we didn’t have before. It’s time to put the science to work to benefit patient health. It is estimated that over 70 percent of US adults are obese or overweight. With better education and tools that lead to behavior change, we can help people achieve a healthy weight. Take continuous glucose monitoring for example. It’s one thing to hear that a certain food may spike your blood sugar. It’s another thing to see that it does. Blood sugar monitors give you a visual look inside your body. Everyone can learn something by watching how their blood sugar varies with the foods they eat. We need to use tools like this to educate patients in a new way that is far more meaningful than what we’ve done before. The science doesn’t lie.

Innovative Vitality will elevate primary care. Through a highly personalized approach, we’ll help patients achieve a healthy weight, optimize their health and focus on preventing disease. We’ll be here for all of the other stuff along the way, too. From head colds to annual exams and everything in between, Innovative Vitality will take primary care to the next level.