Changing Our Behaviors to Prevent Disease: Dr. Robert Todd Hurst

What are Mayo Clinic Cardiologist Dr. Hurst’s 10 factors that help promote health? What are the factors that prevent heart disease? What is the importance of our blood pressure, blood sugar, & cholesterol on our heart health? Statins? What is cardiometabolic disease and how do you know if you have it? How do you change your behavior to prevent cardiometabolic disease? How does community and purpose impact our health? 

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Robert Todd Hurst is a board-certified preventive cardiologist and founder of HealthspanMD. He spent 12 years as a Consultant in Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic, where he was an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine & Founding Director of the Heart Health and Performance Program. 

Dr. Hurst and David discuss the factors that contribute to heart disease and cardiometabolic disease, the behaviors that are shown to prevent these diseases, the importance of creating a partnership with your doctor to work towards better health, and more. 

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00:06:25 Welcome to our guest, Dr. R. Todd Hurst
00:06:39 Dr. Hurst’s background
00:07:57 The 7 factors to prevent heart disease
00:20:57 Statins
00:31:20 Cardiometabolic disease
00:36:22 Dr. Hurst’s “Healthspan 10”
00:37:26 The importance of our behaviors on our health outcomes
00:45:46 Team based approach to heath
00:51:44 The importance of connection, community, and purpose on our health
00:59:16 How to connect with Dr. Hurst

“Unfortunately, heart disease is still the number 1 cause of death and disability worldwide. That’s a terrible thing in and of itself but when we realize that most of that heart disease is preventable with pretty simple interventions, it makes it even more tragic.” 

“The biggest problem in healthcare is that about 60% of us have diseases that are preventable and oftentimes curable, we’re just not doing that.”

“87.8% of adults in the United States have at least one sign of cardiometabolic disease. And even more shocking, 78% of teenagers had at least one sign of cardiometabolic disease.” 

“People don’t resist change, they resist being changed.” 

“If your strategy as a doctor is to say ‘You need to exercise, lose weight, eat better, and quit smoking and I’ll see you in 3 months,’ we can’t be surprised that in 3 months, our patients haven’t changed.”

“If somebody is not losing the weight that they want to lose, they’re eating well, they’re being active, and they’re still not losing that weight, I almost universally will say it’s one of three things. 1. They’re not sleeping well. 2. Their stress levels are through the roof and they’re not managing that well. 3. Insulin resistance. They’re not handling glucose well.” 

“One benefit leads to another benefit. You start exercising so then you sleep better which makes your stress levels better.” 

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Taylor Marks
Taylor Marks is a certified holistic health coach and current student at The Institute of Culinary Education studying health supportive culinary arts. Her passions include making nourishing food taste and look delicious and guiding others towards feeling their best.


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