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How Environmental Toxins Trigger Obesity, Diabetes & Heart Disease

Show summary:

Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, a leading expert in environmental toxin exposure, discusses how environmental toxins like air pollution can affect health and lead to an increased risk of heart attacks, obesity and diabetes. He explains how circadian rhythms, sunlight exposure and seasonal changes can affect your health status. Learn the importance of urban green spaces and why spending time outside improves life expectancy.

What you’ll learn:

  • The role of the natural environment on health.
  • The most common environmental toxins and how they affect the body.
  • How exposure to air pollution can increase your risk of heart attacks, obesity and diabetes.
  • Ways to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins inside the home.
  • How spending time outside in green spaces can improve your health.
  • Which types of trees are most beneficial for health and where they should be planted.
  • The importance of quality sleep and maintaining circadian rhythms.
  • The effect that seasonal changes and sunlight exposure have on the body.

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Guest Bio:

Dr. Bhatnagar is a Professor of Medicine and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of Louisville in the USA. He is the Director of the Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute and Co-Director of the American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation Center. He is a leading expert on the mechanisms by which environmental toxin exposures affect the heart and blood vessels and increase cardiovascular disease risk. Dr. Bhatnagar’s work has led to the creation of the new field of medicine called environmental cardiology. His research, supported by several grants from the National Institutes of Health, has led to the publication of more than 250 research papers and 20 book chapters. He has also mentored over 55 students, fellows and trainees.


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