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Dr. Jeffrey Mechanick Part 1, Nutrition and Lifestyle

Dr. Jeffrey Mechanick talks with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed at the 2016 AACE Meeting. In part 1 of this Exclusive Interview meet Dr. Mechanick, current president of American College of Endocrinology, who has a focus on nutrition and lifestyle.

Dr. Jeffrey Mechanick, MD, FACP, FACE, FNLA is the Clinical Professor of Medicine and Director of Metabolic Support in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY. Dr. Mechanick was chosen president of the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) in May 2016, an office he will hold for one year. His current research interests are in nutrition and metabolic support, lifestyle and obesity medicine, and network analysis of complex systems.

Transcript of this video segment:

Steve FreedMaybe start off by telling us a little bit about yourself because you have an interesting background.

Dr. Mechanick: I’m a clinical endocrinologist in private practice in New York City and an attending and clinical professor at Mount Sinai, at the Icon School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to be more specific. I’m also director of metabolic support. Here at AACE, I’m a past president of AACE and I will be the president elect of the American College of Endocrinology or ACE. I’ve also been a past president of the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists, a member of the president’s council on fitness, sports, and nutrition science board in Washington. I just completed a term as editor-in-chief of the President’s Council’s Elevate Health. I was also just appointed as Chair of the Board of Visitors of the College of Computer, Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland.

Steve Freed: So when do you have time to practice being a doctor?

Dr. Mechanick: All the time. I do it all the time.

Steve Freed: That’s great. So what are the reasons why you are here?

Dr. Mechanick: I’m here obviously as an officer, this is one of my very pleasurable duties each year, but even before I was an officer and before I was a board member, it was a very important meeting as a clinical endocrinologist to attend. So these are our national meetings, this is where really the best research and translational studies, the best workshops, the best interactions can be found for those of us that who do practice clinical endocrinology.

Steve Freed:  What are some of the presentation that you will be doing here?

Dr. Mechanick: Yesterday, I participated in a symposium that was moderated and chaired by Dr. Chris Garren on cardiovascular disease and endocrinologists practicing metabolism. So there were various lectures on hypertension, lipids, and diabetes. My lecture was on the role of nutrition and lifestyle, really within a preventive care framework, or paradigm, and cardiovascular disease.

Steve Freed: That’s interesting, that’s a lot to talk about. I’m sure you did all of that in 4 hours?

Dr. Mechanick: It was a 4-hour talk in about 40 minutes. I spoke very slowly.