How do doctors decide if you’re “healthy?” w/Dr. Spencer Nadolsky

You often see a disclaimer on a diet article or commercial that goes something like, “Please see a doctor before starting any exercise program.” What are they supposed to be looking for? We often hear about “health markers.” What are they? Bottomline: How do doctors decide if you’re generally healthy?

Here’s what we came up with:

  • Is there some standard list of results that matter the most?
  • How important are HDL, LDL, and triglycerides?
  • Are resting heart rate and blood pressure more or less critical??
  • What other tests might be important in determining whether you’re at immediate risk, or is even possible to know?

Dr. Spencer Nadolsky is a practicing board-certified family medicine physician. After a successful athletic career at University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, he enrolled in medical school at Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg. He aspired to change the world of medicine by supporting lifestyle over drugs (when possible). He specializes in Obesity Medicine. And yes, he lifts.

Our ideas start about 12:40.

Dr. Nadolsky joins us about 20:00.

We kick off the episode talking about whether being a “jack of all trades” is all it’s cracked up to be.

You can find Dr. Nadolsky on Instagram at @drnadolsky, on Facebook at, on Twitter at  @DrNadolsky, and at his website:

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

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