It is no secret that minority populations suffer from higher rates of chronic disease and the associated sequelae. When isolating this issue to the cardiovascular system, research shows that minorities have a higher overall prevalence of risk factors, are less likely to receive life-saving interventions like percutaneous coronary interventions, and simply experience worse health outcomes. However, the disproportionate impact of cardiovascular risk factors within these communities provides a unique opportunity for naturopathic and preventive medicine to reduce the burden of chronic disease in communities of color. Treatment approaches must focus on early interventions that address metabolic syndrome through community engagement, education, diet, and lifestyle counseling.
Speaker Bio: Dr. Khaleed Alston is a naturopathic physician whose clinical focus lies in finding the intersection between longevity and men’s health. Through the promotion of healthy lifestyle change, nutritional therapy and deliberate exercise programs he helps guide patients along the path of health and wellness. As a Black male physician, he is uniquely positioned to provide care to patient populations that have historically experienced medical discrimination. He is a frequent speaker and has presented on various topics including fecal microbiota transplants, regenerative medicine, the microbiome and racial health disparities.
*Certified by the WANP for 1 Category 1 continuing education credit for Washington NDs*
(Originally presented on February 8, 2021)