“As a nephrologist, a kidney doctor, in the Mayo Clinic, you see primarily patients with advanced kidney disease at that time. So, these were patients who needed kidney transplants or needed dialysis. And again, the same thinking process started to happen by me, ‘why do we see these patients late on when the damage has been irreversibly done and they need an organ transplant or dialysis when the process started decades before?’” – Dr. Axel Pflueger
Dr. Axel Pflueger serves as the Medical Director of the Center of Comprehensive & Diagnostic Medicine in New York, NY and is a Clinical Instructor at New York University Langone Medical Center. He is a trained cardiac surgeon, board-certified internist, and board-certified nephrologist with a PhD in Pharmacology. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology and is a recognized international speaker on diabetes and kidney disease, and has an extensive research background in diabetes, kidney disease, vascular function, and oxidative stress.
While working at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Pflueger conducted multiple treatment trials and gained significant insights into treating patients with chronic diseases. Through his clinical practice, Dr. Pflueger found that the most effective treatment protocols for chronic diseases involved early diagnosis and lifestyle therapy including exercise, diet, and sleep. In 2016, Dr. Pflueger joined CrossFit, Inc. as they launched a global health initiative to fight chronic disease worldwide.
I caught up with Dr. Pflueger at the 2018 CrossFit Health Conference to learn more about his research and clinical findings supporting early intervention as the preferred treatment for chronic diseases, and how he believes conventional medicine and lifestyle therapy can work together to end this global epidemic.
(bio adapted from Center for Comprehensive & Diagnostic Medicine)
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