In February I saw a patient, a 62-year-old woman.  At the time her weight was 166.  I was concerned because her lipid panel was associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.  Her LDL cholesterol was 188, and her total cholesterol was 263.  She did not want to start statin medications. Instead, she decided to try the Longevity Diet and do the Fasting Mimicking Diet, (FMD).

 When I saw her in early April her weight had gone down to 157; a 9-pound weight reduction.  Her LDL cholesterol was down to 127, and her total cholesterol was reduced to 188.

 I usually caution people not to expect too much from their first round of the Fasting Mimicking Diet. This is especially true for women who often have a much harder time with weight reduction than men.

 This case was a very pleasant surprise. The patient does not have to start statin medication and is highly motivated to adhere to the Longevity Diet principles.

 My dream of having a medical practice where I prescribe less medication and the focus on diet, nutrition, and exercise is coming true.