Archives for the month of: January, 2014

An accomplished physician and the medical director of Sheepshead Bay Laser Center, Leon Turovsky, MD, maintains a healthy lifestyle that incorporates exercise and a natural foods diet. Leon Turovsky, MD, focuses his diet on such fruits as berries, figs, grapes, and tomatoes.

Statistics show that a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of certain medical conditions, including stroke and heart attack. Berries are typically a strong source of antioxidants, which means that they carry a variety of protective benefits, such as diabetes control and inflammation reduction. Fruits such as blueberries and cranberries can also reduce a patient’s cancer risk.

Additionally, many antioxidant-rich fruits supply a high level of vitamin C, which is commonly known as an immunity booster. Many fruits are also rich in fiber, which carries a number of other benefits. Foods high in soluble fiber help to maintain healthy levels of cholesterol, while insoluble fiber provides regularity to the digestive system. In fact, fiber in general may help to control obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Meanwhile, potassium-rich fruits such as bananas help to control blood pressure and bone density.

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A well-respected physician with more than 30 years of medical experience, Leon Turovsky, MD, serves as medical director and cosmetic laser operator at Sheepshead Bay Laser Center in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout his long career, Leon Turovsky, MD, has performed more than 60,000 laser procedures, including varicose vein and spider vein treatments.

Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that are visible just beneath the skin. They are often blue or purple and create cord-like bulges on the skin. Spider veins are similar, but they occur in smaller blood vessels and appear reddish on the skin’s surface. Most often appearing on the legs and feet, varicose veins and spider veins can cause an achy feeling and swelling in the legs or a more intense burning and cramps. In addition to the discomfort these veins can cause, they present cosmetic issues, making many patients reluctant to wear shorts or a swimsuit.

Procedures to eliminate spider veins and varicose veins include sclerotherapy, which involves injecting a medication into the veins that causes them to scar, close off, and become invisible. More invasive procedures include endoscopic vein surgery or vein stripping, both of which involve making incisions in the skin. The least invasive method is laser treatment, which applies a strong, pulsed light onto the area of skin overlying the vein. For some veins, more than one session may be required, but laser therapy eventually causes the veins to fade away without incisions or injections of chemicals.