Overeating carbohydrates, especially simple carbohydrates like sugar and flour are a contributing factor in the increase in obesity and metabolic syndrome over the last several decades. The recommended dietary allowance for total carbohydrates is 130 grams daily, or 45 to 65 percent of your total daily calories, according to the Institute of Medicine.  However, the average American diet consists of 600-1000 grams of carbohydrates daily which is about 5 – 8 times higher than recommended. Eating more carbs than your body can handle or not getting enough exercise to counter a diet high in carbs causes excess carbs to be stored as fat.
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Several years ago, I was asked to speak to a group of medical school residents about nutrition. What I told them was this: “Whatever you do, don’t put your patients in the hospital and then starve them.”
Sleeping pills - (zolpidem (e.g., Ambien), temazepam (e.g., Restoril), eszopiclone (e.g., Lunesta), zaleplon (e.g., Sonata), other benzodiazepines such as triazolam (e.g., Halcion) and flurazepam (e.g., Dalmane), barbiturates, and sedative antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (e.g., Benadryl).
Treatment Participation, Access to Emergency Services and Choice of Plans All Part of Patient Rights
You have the right to accurate and easily-understood information about your health plan, health care professionals, health care facilities and treatments. However the entire process can be daunting. If you speak another language, have a physical or mental disability, or just don’t understand something, help should be given to clarify, help you understand and make well informed health care decisions. So, what are your rights?
October is breast cancer awareness month and many women are wondering if there is anything they can do to lower their risk of breast cancer, especially since that risk is 1 in 8.
If you are caring for someone with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, you've certainly been sailing on a tumultuous sea of emotions. Although you may have educated yourself about the disease and what to expects as the disease progresses, we all dread the reality that our loved one will soon be gone altogether.
Since the Affordable Care Act began there has not been a lot of engagement with insurance agents. When they are mentioned they are most often portrayed as commission hungry vultures looking for victims to put in any insurance plan that that will benefit them the most monetarily. While that is the opinion of many it’s not reality.
Can someone explain why is the cost of a mammogram so widely different in the United States for breast cancer screening?
Why diet, a healthy Immune System and hand washing may help prevent Diabetes. Here is what triggers diabetes and what you can do to prevent it.
According to a story in Tuesday's New York Times bariatric surgery or a very low-calorie, starvation diet are the only cures for reversing Type 2 Diabetes. Since a 600 calorie per day diet is considered unsustainable, surgery is promoted as the preferred treatment. These horrific procedures cost many thousands of dollars and can result in death for some patients. One would think that such an extreme measure would only be used as a last resort, but that is apparently not the case.
For many centuries, rice has been the staple food in every Asian home. The more polished the rice grain, the more successful or wealthy the family must be. And for good fortune, there must always be a rice urn filled with rice.
As a family nurse practitioner, I work with patients who have Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes has been traditionally recognized as an excess of glucose in the bloodstream. However, over recent years, we have begun to realize that the elevated glucose levels are only part of the problem; insulin resistance is the other half of diabetes.
For thousands of years, seaweed has been used in many cultures, especially those in coastal regions, not only as a food source, but for its health benefits. Many of these areas such as Japan are considered “blue zones” where people are known to live longer and with fewer health problems. In fact, Japan has the highest number of octogenarians, people who live to be over the age of 100, in the world. Other well known “blue zones” are Sardinia, Italy, Loma Linda, California, and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.(1)
As a physician anesthesiologist and pharmacist, it can be challenging to treat patients living with a chronic pain diagnosis. For most people, pain is temporary and can resolve quickly. But for more than 100 million Americans, there is no end to pain. Chronic pain can be debilitating and oftentimes varies from being broad or focused, dull or sharp, distracting or excruciating.
Jay Contrastano enjoyed playing golf, but when his multiple sclerosis took a turn for the worse, he thought his golfing days were over. That’s when he was introduced to an assistive device that changed his life for the better,
A variety of teas can be used to help relieve the symptoms of constipation. However, too much of some teas can actually cause constipation or other undesirable reactions, so it’s good to know what to look for when shopping for teas for treating constipation.
Hearing problems are not a common symptom of multiple sclerosis. That’s good news. However, for approximately 4 to 6 percent of individuals with MS, hearing challenges are a reality that can have an impact on their quality of life, although the other good news is that most patients recover completely.
A commonly used class of heart medications known as beta-blockers is shown in a first study to improve ovarian cancer survival. The medications block tumor growth and spread by interfering with the stress pathway involved with cancer metastasis.
Massage for multiple sclerosis is not a cure, but it can provide significant benefits without the risk of drug side effects. In fact, the authors of numerous studies have reported on the advantages of this complementary therapy for MS patients.
Of the many natural treatment approaches to multiple sclerosis, the Wahls Protocol, which includes a diet and lifestyle program designed to support brain cell function, has attracted special attention in part because it was developed by a physician who has MS. Another reason is that many people who have tried it say it works, but not everyone agrees.
The question about the relationship between prolactin and multiple sclerosis is one that numerous researchers have been trying to answer. What do we know about the potential benefits or disadvantages of this hormone when it comes to MS?
A study from Queen Mary University of London analyzed online dating and the art of attraction. The researchers found specific factors in a person’s profile could influence interest. They determined that multiple elements play a role in attraction, and the right profile can make a difference.
Although most people associate a hug with something pleasant and loving, an MS hug doesn’t fit that definition. The MS hug is a common but not always well-known symptom of multiple sclerosis, especially among individuals who have a recent diagnosis.
Trigeminal neuralgia, also known as tic douloureux, is an extremely painful nerve disorder that occurs in about 3 to 4 percent of individuals who have multiple sclerosis. About 2 to 4 percent of patients with trigeminal neuralgia have MS.
Although my first book on the Zone Diet was published 20 years ago, its beginnings started more than 40 years ago with the death of my father from a heart attack in 1973. Actually, it was his third heart attack with his first coming at age 39, surprising since he was world-class athlete, but maybe not since his brothers and my grandfather had all died in their early 50s from heart disease. At that point I realized I carried the same genes that would predispose me to an early death from heart disease. I realized I couldn’t change those genes, but I could possibility change their expression.
Have you ever wondered what viruses have invaded your body in the past or been frustrated that your doctor doesn’t know what is making you feel so poorly? Now there is an inexpensive blood test that can detect your viral infection history that costs just twenty five dollars. But why would a person need information about past exposure to viruses?
Results of a Danish study suggest frequent infections could lead to lower IQ. The finding is important because it suggests infection and immune response can affect memory and may contribute to mental health illness.