I often talk to my patients about the connections between one aspect of our health with others. Three recent studies provide additional examples of this. In the first an association between Alzheimer’s disease and low HDL cholesterol was seen. In the second, a type of counseling was found to reduce the risk of repeat heart attack by 45%. In the third, metabolic syndrome (a constellation of problems correlated with heart disease) was reversed in patients who followed a particular healthy diet.
These kinds of connections are why I designed Cornerstone Private Practice to facilitate a whole-person approach to care. Although medicines can be important, they aren’t always the answer to every problem. By taking the time to understand the issues and discuss the options, we can come up with approaches to care tailored to each patient individually.