Category Archives: food

Want better eye health?

There are four common conditions that cause vision loss as we age. Diabetic retinopathy.  If you have diabetes, you should be seen by an ophthalmologist.  The timeframe for starting these yearly eye visits are 5 years after type1 diabetes and … Continue reading

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Artificial sweeteners may be harmful

Israeli researchers have shown that consumption of noncaloric (artificial) sweeteners may induce glucose intolerance in both mice and humans. It is thought that instead of artificial sweeteners preventing obesity and metabolic disease, the use of noncalorie sweeteners may have increased … Continue reading

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Fiber. The holy grail?

Fiber is a simple and cheap intervention which can help with a whole host of problems. The recommended amount of daily dietary fiber is 20-35 grams. Total dietary fiber is a combination of both insoluble (the kind you can’t break … Continue reading

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Mediterranean diet can help prevent premature death.

It’s true!  About 30% of heart attacks, strokes, and deaths from heart disease can pre prevented (in high-risk people) if they switch to a Mediterranean diet.  This diet is rich in olive oil, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables, and nuts.  … Continue reading

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Wanting to avoid holiday weight gain?

Follow your bodies “satiety signals”– your body’s ability to gauge that you have eaten an appropriate amount. 1.  Mindless or distracted eating (like standing/talking/AND eating or eating while driving) can make food-intake-memory fuzzy.  This seems to override the effects of … Continue reading

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Want to take off that “fat tire?”

Losing and keeping weight off is a touchy subject.  I saw a patient today who is emotionally comfortable with a BMI of 45 (severely obese).  My heart goes out to her.  She is aware that she looks imposing and unapproachable … Continue reading

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The 411 on pesticides. . . and you!

I was asked by my patient to address pesticides and their safety.  Well, not surprisingly, they are not safe to be drank or rubbed into one’s skin.  But, what and how dangerous are they? Organophosphates are a class of insecticides … Continue reading

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