Today, I am blessed to have here with me Dr. Alexandra Sowa. As the daughter of a hand surgeon, Dr. Alexandra Sowa was exposed to medicine at a young age. She loved how her father could transform people’s lives by giving them back the use of their hands.
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Now Dr. Sowa is a board-certified physician of Internal Medicine, specializing in preventive health, nutrition and obesity medicine. Through her New York City practice, she has helped thousands of patients lose weight and live healthier lives. Dr. Sowa also holds an appointment as a Clinical Instructor in Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine.
Outside of her practice, she enjoys communicating health messages to the public through print and television. She has published original articles on health-related topics in publications like The Atlantic, NPR, Slate Magazine and the New York Daily News. She has also served as an on-air health expert for national media outlets like Fox News, CBS News, NPR, and The Doctors. Her medical opinions have been featured in print publications, from the New York Times to U.S. News and World Report to Glamour and Parents Magazine. She is a regular weight-loss expert on SiriusXM radio.
She is passionate about optimizing health through food. You can often find her making healthy meals (and a mess!) for her husband and two young sons in the kitchen.
In this episode, Dr. Sowa talks about how she got involved in the health space and her passion for preventing metabolic dysfunction. Unfortunately, 88% of Americans are metabolically inflexible; however, Dr. Sowa says there are easy ways to reverse that. Plus, Dr. Sowa talks about the importance of data and your optimal markers. Tune in as we chat about supplements, intermittent fasting, and the importance of quality sleep.
This episode originally aired in 2022.
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[00:40] Why Dr. Sowa Got Involved In The Health Space
Even before Dr. Sowa went to college, she had discovered the field of public health. Plus, the idea of prevention always was very attractive to her. Sowa always wondered why doctors want to treat the disease if they could prevent it. At college, she really started to understand a holistic view of what it means to be healthy. Eventually, Dr. Sowa realized a lot of problems in health boils down to metabolic dysfunction. [04:40] Why Are 88% of Americans Metabolically Inflexible?
So, Dr. Sowa says the solution is actually pretty straightforward. You can reverse type 2 diabetes; again, it is reversible! Many people think a low-carb and high-fat diet will give you a heart attack or a stroke; that’s simply not true. The three macronutrients are carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Out of those three macronutrients, carbohydrates will spike glucose and insulin the most. It makes total sense that we should eat more protein and fat to reverse high insulin. [16:45] What Is An Optimal Range For Fasting Insulin?