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Mayo Clinic Talks Episode 49: Fad Diets

Mayo Clinic Talks

Mayo Clinic Talks Podcast

Episode 49: Fad Diets

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Donald D. Hensrud, M.D., M.S., M.P.H.

It’s estimated that approximately 70% of Americans are either overweight or obese. Obesity in the United States is a major health issue, resulting in an increased risk of coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. It also carries significant economic costs. As a result, the diet industry is booming. It’s thought that the weight loss industry has over $20 billion in annual revenue. Some diets are legitimate, while others are not only ineffective but may be dangerous to one’s health. To help us sort out diets and weight loss, we’re joined by nutrition expert Dr. Donald Hensrud, a Mayo Clinic physician in Preventative Medicine. He is also the medical director for the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program here in Rochester and editor in chief of two books on dieting, the Mayo Clinic Diet and the Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet.


Target Audience

This course is intended for primary care providers: physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Mayo Clinic Talks Podcast course, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the current treatment recommendations for patients with hyperlipidemia.
  • List the various categories of hypertension.
  • Describe the current pharmacologic treatment available for patients with osteoporosis.

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  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.25 Attendance
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Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Available Credit

  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.25 Attendance


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