Obesity

Weight Loss in Men Reverses Testosterone Deficiency

Low testosterone levels and symptoms of male sexual dysfunction due to obesity may be reversible with weight loss after bariatric surgery, a new study finds.   The results were presented at The Endocrine Society’s 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston. “Morbidly obese men have a high prevalence of hypotestosteronenemia, or low testosterone, and of sexual dysfunction,” said …

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Children Are Developing Adult Onset Diabetes

Children Are Developing Adult Onset Diabetes When diabetes strikes during childhood, it historically has been type 1 diabetes (also known as juvenile-onset diabetes). However, the number of cases of children and adolescents with type 2 diabetes (formerly known as adult-onset diabetes) has been increasing in frequency over the last 20 years. Children and adolescents diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are generally between …

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Can I Develop Diabetes If I’m Not Overweight?

Absolutely! Although your risk of developing diabetes is increased if you weight more, anyone at any weight can develop type 2 diabetes if they eat enough carbohydrates. The reason for this is that type 2 diabetes (the most common form, often referred to as adult onset diabetes) is the consequence of 2 major factors, carbohydrate …

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‘Low Carb’ is More Effective than ‘Low Glycemic’ for Diabetes

Brown Rice is Not as Healthy as You Think Many patients will ask me if it’s OK for them to eat more carbs than I recommend (less than 100 grams per day) to control their diabetes as long as they are eating low-glycemic carbs (think whole wheat bread or pasta, brown rice, vegetables and fruit). The answer is no. …

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Treat Hypertension With Low Carb Diet

A reduction in carbohydrate consumption has been shown to be more effective in lowering blood pressure than eating a low fat diet. The study compared low carbohydrate diet with a low fat diet that was combined with a weight loss drug. The low carbohydrate diet group was much more effective than the low fat diet plus …

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Does Your Abdomen Stick Out Too Far?

If it does, don’t think you’re alone.  Many Americans are dealing with the same thing.  Patients complain about it to me all the time.  What you may be experiencing is an accumulation of fat within the abdominal cavity (called intra abdominal fat).  And your body may be abnormally storing fat there because the carbohydrates (sugar and starches) in your …

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Low Carbohydrate Treats For Halloween

Poisoning Our Children’s Future The diabetes epidemic is growing so rapidly that presently 1 of every 10 adults in the U.S. has diabetes.  That number is anticipated to grow to 1 of every 3 adults by 2050.  That means that 1/3 of all those beautiful little kids in your child’s classroom, 1/3 of their soccer teammates and …

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Headaches and Lightheadedness

Headaches, A Common Malady A common problem many people experience from time-to-time is a headache. We can still function through the day with a mild headache but they can sometime become so severe as to incapacitate a person.  There are many known causes of headaches but there are only a few that occur quite commonly …

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Excess Carbohydrates Equals Lightheadedness and Fatigue

Introduction Many people are familiar with the occasionally sensation of feeling light-headed when getting up out of bed or after bending over to pick up an item or tie their shoes. This lightheadedness can sometimes be accompanied by visual changes such as seeing black spots, burred vision or transient vertigo. On occasion, the lightheadedness can …

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How to Start Your Low Carb Diet

The approach taken on this blog is not the Adkin’s diet.  Completely eliminating carbohydrates is not the intention, but more a reduction.  Reducing the amount of carbohydrates eaten in a day and increasing protein in the diet is one of the best steps toward weight loss. Besides the benefits of weight reduction, reducing carbohydrates in …

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How to Make Fast Food Healthier

Fast food restaurants are usually the quickest option for a meal, but unfortunately one of the more unhealthy options as well.  With the average fast food meal ranging upwards of 1,000 calories or more it is no surprise that the ‘convenient’ meal choice hasn’t been too convenient on American’s waistlines.  What would be a better …

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How To Prevent Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Attacks and Strokes

In a recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers identified 4 factors tied to reduced disease risk: never smoking, having a body mass index (BMI) lower than 30, performing at least 3.5 hours per week of physical activity, and following a healthy diet. Participants with all 4 factors had a 78% lower …

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America, The Snacking Nation

A recently published study from the University of North Carolina looking at trends in snacking behavior probably won’t surprise you: Almost all adults (97%) now report snacking at least once a day (up from 71% in the 70s) Adults are snacking more frequently per day.  Our snacks contain higher amounts of salt and carbohydrates (dessert foods, salty …

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French Fries Are The New Cigarette Of Health

Obesity is now a bigger overall threat to people’s health than smoking, according to results of the longest ongoing health study of adults in the United States. Obesity causes as much or more disease than tobacco, says the study, conducted by researchers from Columbia University and the City College of New York. It adds that …

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Tired Even After A Long Night’s Rest?

Waking still fatigued in the morning in spite of sleeping for many hours is referred to as ‘non-restorative sleep’ and is one of the hallmark symptoms of a variety of sleep disorders.  The most common sleep disorder is Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea causes abnormal breathing when asleep and leads to prolonged periods of low blood …

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Pavlov and Artificial Sweeteners

One of the most well established concepts in psychology is that animals (including humans) learn about relationships among the events they experience.  These repeated experiences can change how we react to the events we’ve experienced.  This is the basis of Pavlovian psychology.  Research on the use of artificial sweeteners suggests just such a mechanism may …

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Modern Day Life and Carbohydrates – Part I

So where does this unprecedented increase of dietary carbohydrates leave us in the modern era?   Modern humans presently consume more carbohydrates in a single day than Stone Age humans consumed in a year, and 20-30% more than we did just a few decades ago. Part of the reason for the significant increase is that carbohydrate-based …

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Do You Think 'The Biggest Loser' Is Exploitative?

I do! I’ve watched the show the ‘The Biggest Loser’ a few times and come away each time with the same thought, “This is the most dangerous, manipulative show I’ve ever seen on television.” Medically speaking, to encourage individuals to lose weight at these tremendous rates is very unhealthy and extremely dangerous.  Weight loss experts …

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Why Eating Slowly Helps Decrease Your Weight

Try eating more slowly if you’re looking to shed some pounds.   When you eat too fast you can outpace your body’s normal hunger mechanisms that tell you when you are full. The more slowly an individual eats, the more the body is able to release hormones that suppress our hunger.  So, eating a moderate …

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Body Sculpting With Low Carb/High Protein Diets

One of the more intriguing health benefits I’ve observed in my patients from decreasing carbohydrate intake (to 25-30% of daily calorie intake) and increasing protein (20-30 grams per meal 3 times per day) is the significant and fairly rapid body sculpting effect that occurs. Patients will often comment how quickly they seem to shrink in …

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Don't Be In The Dark When Eating At The Movie Theater

Just when you thought it was safe to escape the cold and cuddle up with your favorite snacks at the local movie theater, the people at the Center for Science in the Public Interest are popping the lid on movie theater popcorn’s calorie, fat, and salt content. A large popcorn packs the biggest punch, containing …

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True or False? Exercise Turns Fat Into Muscle.

False. Fat and muscles are both composed of different types of cells in our bodies. Exercise drives  muscle cells to grow larger.  The energy used during exercise will make the fat cells shrink. And substantially increasing the size of your muscle cells helps to increase the amount of energy your muscle will burn off  throughout …

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How Fast Can I Expect To Lose Weight?

Patients that I assist with weight loss are frequently disappointed that they may averaging only 1-2 pounds of decreased weight per week.  They have a false sense of appropriate weight loss rates.  I figure this is from the relentless false and misleading advertisements of most weight loss programs they’ve seen or read about. When a …

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Don't Worry About Your Body Mass Index

BMI (Body Mass Index) is the international standard for gauging a person’s health. This number is simply calculated by taking your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters.  Google any ‘BMI calculator’ to find your Body Mass Index number today. However, do not assume your overall health is in jeopardy just because you …

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