Herbert A. Insel, MD, FACC -  - Cardiologist

Herbert A. Insel, MD, FACC

Cardiologist located in Midtown, New York, NY

Nutritional Counseling Specialist

Dr. Herbert Insel has significant expertise in providing nutritional counseling aimed at optimizing the health and wellness of patients at every age. At his practice in Manhattan, Dr. Insel performs in-depth nutritional evaluations to create personalized nutritional plans based on each patient's specific, individual needs to address and prevent serious medical issues.

Nutritional Counseling Q & A

by Herbert A. Insel, MD, FACC

What is nutritional counseling?

Nutritional counseling is focused on the role of diet in maintaining optimal health and avoiding serious medical issues. The goal of nutritional counseling is to develop a lifestyle plan that helps patients make healthy choices including dietary changes and use of supplements to ensure the body is receiving the nourishment it needs for normal, healthy functioning. Because cardiovascular diseases can be affected by diet, patients with heart disease or risk factors for disease can benefit by ensuring their nutritional needs are being met. Nutritional counseling helps patients understand their dietary needs and meet them with programs focused on their health, their lifestyle and even their food preferences.

What role can nutritional counseling play in helping me maintain good health and avoid cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death, but many factors contributing to the disease can be avoided or lessened by optimizing diet and nutrition. That's because the heart and the blood vessels rely on a steady supply of the right nutrients as well as the avoidance of foods known to contribute to heart disease. Nutritional counseling helps patients understand their cardiovascular risks as well as identifying the steps they can take to help reduce those risks on their own. Patients with risk factors like pre-hypertension or slightly high cholesterol levels may be able to mitigate those issues with nutritional counseling and other lifestyle changes without the need to resort to the long-term use of medication. Even when medication is needed, many patients may be able to reduce their dosage by adopting better nutritional habits.

How does nutritional counseling work?

Nutritional counseling begins with a physical exam and lab work to identify risk factors for disease as well as evaluate the patient for nutritional deficiencies that could increase their risks for disease and other serious medical issues. Based on the information obtained from the exam and tests, a custom nutritional plan will be developed to help lessen those risks and optimize overall health and wellness. Nutritional counseling also takes lifestyle factors like busy schedules and special dietary considerations like vegetarianism into account.

Insurance Policy

We accept many major insurance providers. Although we are out of network with Aetna and Oxford, we welcome the opportunity to take care of you with your out of network benefits. Please call our office to discuss details further. Dr. Insel does not accept any exchange or marketplace plans.

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Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "He is understanding but not assumptive, and really took the time to explore all possible answers to the questions I had."

    Liz M.
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    "Hands down the best doctor in New York City. Spends more time with you than any other doctor; extremely thorough."

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    "Dr. Insel is the most compassionate and knowledgable doctor I have ever met. I wish every doctor would have his bedside manner-I would go to doctors more often."

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    "Dr. Insel is very personable and caring I came to him when I was at my worst and he ensured he provided the best care."

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    "I love him, my doctor for 25 years, the best. I've sent 10 people to him..."

    Noel M.
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    "Dr. Insel is incredibly competent and caring."

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    "Dr. Insel is a thoughtful and thorough doctor who cares very much for this patient's physical and emotional wellbeing."

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    "All good! Takes the time to explain everything in depth."

    Stu L.
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    "His service made me feel like I was his only Patient."

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    "Made me feel like I was very important."

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    "He's a knowledgable cardiologist, who's down to earth. He has always been spot on his diagnoses."

    Neil S.
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    "The best treatment available!"

    Linda B.
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    "Over ten years Dr. Insel has proven to be a caring and excellent physician."

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    "His mantra of "moderation in all things" that we use to shrug off has proven to be the most valuable in taking care of one's health and/or effectuating changes."

    Barbara M.
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    "As I write this I am being given tests necessary to make sure that I am healthy and doing the correct practices to stay that way."

    Jerry C.
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    "I have had Dr. Insel as my primary Dr. for many, many years and I feel much better because of him and his staff."

    Naomi C.
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    "Dr Insel is a superb clinician; his office staff is kind, professional and efficient."

    Delphine M.
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    "I love the fact that he performed the echo and stress echo himself and not a technician. He was extremely knowledgeable."

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  • "He is so thorough and so knowledgeable and gives you ample amount of time!"

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  • Google

    "My mother has been a patient for 25 years. Dr. Insel is an excellent cardiologist. He is caring, compassionate and treats her with kindness and dignity."

    Wendy B.
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    "Dr. Insel has been my internist/cardiologist for more than 20 years. I highly recommend Dr. Insel to anyone needing a general internist with a specialty in Cardiology."

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Herbert Insel, MD, FACC
30 E. 40th St., Suite 1100

New York, NY 10016
Phone: 646-586-5039
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