Posts on "Diet" Category

  • Having a Fatty Liver is Not Funny

    Along with the increase in obesity and diabetes, fatty liver is becoming more and more common.  Over 25% of the population may be diagnosed with it.  Risk factors include abdominal obesity, diabetes, insulin resistance and elevated triglycerides.  About 20% of people with fatty livers will develop inflammation of the fat leading to NASH which is […]

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  • Do You Have a Sweet Heart?

    Just as syrup coats your pancakes, high sugar in the blood sticks to all the blood vessels in the body.  Overtime, plaque builds up in the arteries.  Inflammation and rupture of the plaque causes loss of blood flow to the heart or brain or extremities leading to tissue damage. People with diabetes are 2-4 times […]

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  • Why Are There so Many Medicines for Diabetes?

    Theoretically, since there are at least 300 genetic defects which cause Type 2 Diabetes, over 300 different classes of medications should exist.  One group for each defect.   Not there yet. What do the drugs that we have do for someone with diabetes?  Metformin is usually the first one used to treat Type 2 Diabetes.  Why?  […]

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  • Diabetes 101: Back to the Basics

    Anyone who has poured syrup on pancakes knows what happens if the coated pancake jumps off the plate into your lap. The syrup sticks to everything.  You have a hard time getting it off.   You wish you had not even put it on your food. Now you know what the inside of your body feels […]

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  • Forget the Resolutions

    Forget the list of resolutions you made last year.  Do you like feeling like a failure? Instead make a list of your accomplishments from last year.    Some people would call it a “year end review”.  Others say make a “ta-da” list rather than a “to-do” list. Did you lose weight or inches in your waist?  […]

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  • Lose Weight Now!

    Christmas is approaching and you want to get into that beautiful dress you bought for holiday parties.  What do you do since you have put off losing weight all year?  What is reasonable? Tips for losing weight quickly: ·         Focus on the task at hand. ·         Record EVERYTHING you put into your mouth on the […]

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  • Cirrhosis is not just for Alcoholics Anymore…

    Say the word, “cirrhosis” and we think of alcoholic liver disease.  However, alcohol is not the only cause of fatty liver and cirrhosis. Fat accumulating in the liver for any reason can cause inflammation and scar tissue known as fibrosis.  When the fibrosis is severe, it can cause the liver to not work.  Severe fibrosis […]

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  • Gazing, Grazing & Glazing: Surviving Thanksgiving

    How did Thanksgiving become about food?   Did the pilgrims consume 3000-5000 calories on the first Thanksgiving and fall into food comas in front of the TV?   If you have health problems which are made worse by eating (almost all of them), then maybe you want to do something differently this year. What would a pilgrim […]

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  • Forget Food Labels

    Everyone is trying to lose weight.  We are entranced by the latest diets.  You think, “Maybe after I do this diet, I can actually keep the weight off this time.”   For a brief shining moment when you are analyzing your food behavior, you actually seem to get it.  You are not hungry when you are […]

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  • Why can’t I lose any more weight?

    You have started on your weight loss quest.  Eating well. Exercising.  The two pounds per week comes off like magic.  You may be able to make your goal weight prior to your cousin’s wedding.  Then it stops.  No further weight loss.  What happened? Reaching a  plateau may be helpful when you are climbing a steep […]

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