Medical Weight Loss

Thousands of cancer diagnoses tied to a poor diet, study finds

FACTS: *1 in 6 deaths worldwide is due to cancer *40% of people in US will be diagnosed with cancer during their life.
An estimated 80,110 new cancer cases among adults 20 and older in the United States in 2015 were attributable simply to eating a poor diet, according to the study …
https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/22/health/diet-cancer-risk-study/index.html

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Are you heavier or shorter than the average American?

BMI, a formula involving height and weight increased. In 2015-16, the average BMI was 29.1 for men and 29.6 for women. Both numbers have increased since 1999-2000 when they were 27.8 in men and 28.2 in women.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/20/health/us-average-height-weight-report/index.html

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Food security is the answer to a healthy weight

The government obsession in fixing poverty makes Americans too fat. Among the states, the prevalence of food insecurity ranged from 14.1% in Kansas to 24.9% in Alabama. South Carolina, had a prevalence of >20% according to the study done by the Borgen project.org.

Food insecure adults had a significantly higher incidence of obesity. Approximately 1 in 3 US adults are obese, and they are at increased risk of adverse health consequences, including premature death, coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Food insecurity implies a limited ability to secure adequate food due to insufficient household resources. They are more prevalent among low-income populations because:

  1. Individuals could overcompensate when food is readily available, and so the overall food intake is higher. Studies found that food expenditure and energy intake increased dramatically after food stamps are received. 
  2. In response to food shortage, the body increases its fat storage. When food is restricted periodically, not only there’s an increase in body fat, but also a decrease in lean body muscle mass, and a quicker weight gain. Weight cycling due to food insecurity could make the body use dietary energy more efficiently. 
  3. Energy-dense foods such as high in added sugar and fat, are often less expensive. Overconsumption of low-cost, energy-dense foods may result in higher energy intake and lead to obesity. Food insecurity correlates with low food expenditure, low fruit and vegetable consumption, and a less-healthy diet. 
  4. Food insecurity independent of socioeconomic status is also related to negative psychological consequences, such as anxiety and depression, these may also contribute to obesity.

Therefore to lower the prevalence of food insecurity for all adults that will help maintain a healthy and active life is to increase not only access to affordable healthy foods that is safe and nutritious but also include safe environments, adequate income, meaningful and valued social roles, secure housing, higher levels of education, and social support.

At Doctor for Life, our staff recognizes the importance of Food Security. Whether you, your child or your whole family want to embrace a healthy lifestyle, we can help. Doctor for Life has a full team dedicated to creating a doctor-guided, patient-centered program individualized to your needs. We address all aspects related to living a healthy lifestyle, including nutrition, exercise, behavior, and pharmacotherapy.

Work cited

  1. https://borgenproject.org/what-is-global-food-insecurity/
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Body Composition Analysis: InBody test.

Just at Doctor For Life. The InBody 570 goes beyond traditional body composition analysis. It not only analyzes how much fat and muscle you have, but it also measures your Total Body Water and divides it into Intracellular Water and Extracellular Water- values important for understanding a user’s fluid distribution in medical, wellness, or
fitness contexts.

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Think Food as Medicine

Food is medicine as Hippocrates famously espoused it. Medicine is a substance used in treating disease. Similarly, Food is a substance that all living things eat, drink or absorb to maintain life and growth. These substances if misused, abused or underused will cause weight gain.

Why “Food is Medicine” important?

1. It is a treatment – Studies show that high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, and coronary artery disease to name a few can be treated with proper diet and other lifestyle interventions as effectively as with state-of-the-art modern drugs.
2. It is pleasurable – Our social life revolves around food and food meets our emotional needs whether it’s positive or negative. Prescription drugs are not the centerpiece of our gatherings, holidays, and celebrations nor we share with our family or friends; food is.
3. It helps overall health – With food as a medicine, you don’t have to deal with side effects. While medication may be a source of relief, it is rarely a source of pleasure. Good food equals good health!
4. It improves quality of life – Drugs are just a Band-Aid. It treats a given symptom or disease temporarily and rarely makes us well. The right food always goes far beyond a targeted risk factor, a sign, or a condition and contributes to overall health and vitality.

According to The Lancet study, the less optimal diet causes far more deaths compared to tobacco smoking. High salt, sugar, and fat intake have been the main focus of diet policy debate in the past two decades. Foods high in salt, low fibers, low in vegetables, and low in omega-3 fatty acids are the leading dietary risk factors for mortality accounting for more than 2% of global deaths.

There’s an urgent need to improve the overall diet of the whole nation. A complete, well-balanced meal such as whole grains, fruits, nuts, and seeds is what is needed and follow a healthy dietary pattern or behavior. Eat as close to nature if possible – whole, minimally processed, mostly plant-foods. Food that is focused only on macronutrients, high intake of sodium, low intake of whole grains and low consumption of fruits were the leading dietary risk factors for premature deaths in the modern world.

At Doctor for Life, our staff recognizes the importance of Food as Medicine. Whether you, your child or your whole family want to embrace a healthy lifestyle, we can help. The Doctor for life has a full team dedicated to creating a doctor-guided, patient-centered program individualized to your needs. We address all aspects related to living a healthy lifestyle including nutrition, exercise, behavior, and pharmacotherapy.

Work cited:
1.https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/food-medicine-david-l-katz-md-mph-facpm-facp-faclm
2.https://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(19)30041-8.pdf

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Fire in the belly, burn fuel efficiently.

For us to survive and function, our body converts what we eat into energy, called metabolism. Metabolism powers everything from breathing to blinking, even during sleep, our body works continuously. What causes metabolism to slow down or burn fast? Charge it to individual genetic differences in metabolism, muscle mass, and physical activity.

  1. Fan the flames – While it’s true that genetics help determines our metabolism, we can boost metabolic rate by proper nutrition and through exercise, build muscle. Muscle is active metabolically, which means that people who are muscular burns more energy than those with high-fat percentage.
  2. Age is just a number – As we age, our muscle decreases in size and slows down the metabolic rate. But you can counteract this process by increasing physical activity through exercise.
  3. The real deal – No magic food will speed up metabolic rate. Only a well-balanced nutrient-dense diet will help boost metabolism.
  4. The deal breaker – A circadian rhythm is an internal process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. Nighttime is for resting, not eating; the GI tract has to rest from digesting food. Studies showed when researchers tracked the eating habits of 52 adults; they found that those who ate past 8 p.m. consumed more total calories than earlier eaters. People are more likely to snack in the evenings while watching television. The extra calories consumed by late eaters could lead to weight gain over time.
  5. Survival of the fittest – In an attempt to lose weight, people skip meals or fast and only eat one meal a day, can backfire if not under direct supervision by a physician. One of our bodies defense mechanism is trying to survive hunger, by storing energy and so will slow down metabolism to conserve energy and save it as fats.

What is the takeaway? Avoid dieting and instead prioritize healthful nutrient-dense foods, including whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits, and fun physical activity. Eat at least three meals a day. Be mindful of your diet and chew your food slowly. Practice a healthy weight lifestyle that includes stress management and get enough sleep.

At Doctor for Life, our staff recognizes the Fire in your belly!!!. Whether you, your child or your whole family want to embrace a healthy weight lifestyle, we can help. Doctor for Life has a full team dedicated to creating a doctor-guided, patient-centered program individualized to your needs. We address all aspects related to living a healthy lifestyle, including nutrition, exercise, behavior, and pharmacotherapy.

Work Cited
1. https://www.eatright.org/health/weight-loss/tips-for-weight-loss/metabolism-myths-and-facts

2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/eating-at-night

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Is my Metabolism working against me?

Do you know people who complain about having a slow metabolism and how they barely eat anything yet still gain weight? Or have you met people who complain about someone they know who can eat whatever he or she wants — including large portions of junk food — due to a fast metabolism and apparently never gain weight. In both cases the individual usually ends by saying, “It’s not fair!” These scenarios raise several very good questions:

  • What role exactly does metabolism play in weight gain or weight loss?
  • Is your metabolic rate determined by your genes? If so, can you speed up a slow metabolism through exercise, drugs or certain foods?
  • Is the importance of metabolism just a myth? Is weight gain or loss purely due to “calories in and calories out?”

Pausing, and deciding to rest, is not only the hallmark of most people who are successful and healthy, but can actually give you more results from all the hard work you do!

For example, did you know that if you keep working out every day, you’ll quickly begin to plateau? You’ll be exercising on top of your poor muscles that are torn down but can’t rebuild. And rebuilding is the only way they become stronger, more defined, and end up burning more calories, day and night.

Your metabolism is a lot of systems and processes, all working to keep you alive and nourished. When it works well, you look and feel great. When it doesn’t, you get sluggish, fatigued, bloated, and even sick.

Metabolism or metabolic rate is defined as the series of chemical reactions in a living organism that create and break down energy necessary for life. More simply, it’s the rate at which your body expends energy or burns calories.

The reality is that for most people, excess weight is not all due to bad luck, thyroid trouble or some other unexplained, uncontrollable external factor. It’s simple accounting involving calories in and calories out that determines changes in weight over a lifetime.

Regardless of whether your metabolism is fast or slow, our bodies are designed to store excess energy in fat cells. So if you eat and drink more calories (energy “intake”) than your body expends (energy “output”) you will gain weight. On the other hand, if you eat and drink fewer calories than are burned through everyday activities (including exercise, rest and sleep), you’ll lose weight. Our bodies are also programmed to sense a lack of food as starvation. In response, our BMR slows down, which means fewer calories burned over time. That’s one reason why losing weight is often difficult.

When it comes to weight, metabolism is important and does have a genetic component. Clearly, you can change how you balance the calories you take in against the calories you burn up through activity, which can change your weight.  As you can see, there are many factors involved in your metabolism and your ability to follow a Healthy Weight Lifestyle.  This is our specialty here at Doctor for Life.  We help you each step of the way.  Identify possible obstacles, help you plan your successful journey, conduct medical test as necessary and coach you each step of the way.  Give us a call today to schedule your first step to your Healthy Lifestyle 864-640-0009.

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Why Is Drinking Water Important?

Do you drink enough water each day? If not, your overall health may be taking a toll. And why is drinking water important? Drinking water regularly can help you to lose weight, think better, be in a better mood, prevent disease, and more.  Is that enough to have you reaching for your water bottle?

I follow that advice myself. One item I could not live without, in fact, is my water bottle. To make sure I have one with me at all times, I own several. I keep one each in my car, on my desk, and in my backpack, so pretty much everywhere I go, I have a water bottle on hand.  I even carry a water bottle to restaurants with me which also helps in giving that sense of fullness and not overeating.

Why Our Bodies Need Water

How much of the human body is water? It might surprise you to learn that water makes up about 60 percent of our body weight. And what does water do for the body? The benefits of drinking water are many. It’s vital for almost every function in the body. Water acts as a building block, a solvent for chemical reactions, and a transport material for nutrients and waste.

Water also helps maintain blood volume and allows proper circulation, helps regulate our body temperature, and acts as a shock absorber for our joints and our brain. There are still more health benefits of water: It helps lubricate the linings of our inner organs and maintains healthy kidney function.

Water Your Body: 6 Benefits

Drinking plenty of water can help keep your body healthy and functioning at its highest capacity. Staying hydrated will help you to:

  • Improve physical performance. During physical activity, our bodies use up a lot of water. So stay hydrated before, during, and after exercise helps to protect your body from harm, and to help you to perform better.
  • Help you to lose weight. Are you having trouble with your weight loss efforts? Increasing your water intake may help you achieve better results. Studies show that people who are on diets lose more weight when they also increase their water intake.
  • Boost your mood. People who drink more water also tend to have better moods.
  • Boost your brainpower. When you drink more water, you may improve your cognitive performance, too.
  • Prevent headaches. Water deprivation is a very common cause of headache. In most cases, re-hydrating can provide relief from a headache. For some people, dehydration can also trigger a migraine, so be sure to keep your water intake regular if you are prone to getting migraines or headaches.
  • Protect against disease. One of the most important answers to the question “Why is water important?” is its role in disease prevention. Proper hydration may be a useful tool in preventing a variety of health conditions and diseases. Staying hydrated may protect against kidney stones, constipation, asthma, urinary tract infections, and coronary heart disease.
How Much Water Should You Drink a Day?

The amount of water you need to drink will depend on several factors, including your age, gender, activity level, and more. However, here’s a good general guideline when it comes to recommended daily water intake: Women should drink at least 91 ounces per day and men should drink 125 ounces per day. Increase your daily water intake as you increase your activity level. Be sure to always drink filtered water to avoid toxins found in tap water. Give us a call today at Doctor for Life and we can help you calculate your water intake as well as providing you more specific positive effects of water based on your body and health needs.  864-640-0009

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The Many Benefits of Weight Loss

Did know you can reduce joint pain and other health risks by losing weight?

Although most people know that maintaining a healthy weight is important for their overall health, actually achieving weight loss and being at a healthy weight are different issues. Being overweight or obese is the number one health challenge facing the United States today.

Despite the fact that over 70 percent of Americans are currently considered overweight or obese, according to study data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the CDC, this health problem can be reversed. Even a modest weight loss of 5 or 10 pounds can provide immediate and long-term health benefits.

It’s important to keep in mind that losing weight is not a race – whether you need to lose 20, 50 or even 100 pounds – and that the benefits of losing weight and being physically active go far beyond how you look in the mirror. It’s a lifelong process to become a healthier you.

This is our specialty at Doctor for Life.  We take the approach of losing weight is only part of the plan for your Healthy Weight Lifestyle.  By combining Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine, our physicians and health care teams are always focused on the total transformation and not just one root issue.  We go beyond the scale with the InBody Test, a non-invasive body composition analysis that provides a detailed breakdown of your weight in terms of muscle, fat, and water. The InBody test provides us results with a 99% correlation to a DEXA scan. Give us a call today to take that first step to achieving all the positive changes following a Healthy Weight Lifestyle can bring to not only you but your family and loved ones as well.  864-640-0009

Benefits

Reduces pressure on your joints.  A 2005 study in Arthritis & Rheumatism of overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritisfound thatlosing one pound of weight resulted in four pounds of pressure being removed from the knees. In other words, losing just 10 pounds would relieve 40 pounds of pressure from your knees.

Eases pain and inflammation. The results of a 2010 study from the University of Paris published in the Annals of Rheumatic Disease indicated that weight loss can lessen pain, improve function and lower inflammation levels in the body. Fat itself is an active tissue that creates and releases pro-inflammatory chemicals. The authors of another study titled Effects of Exercise and Physical Activity on Knee Osteoarthritis noted that exercise, which aids in weight loss, can help manage and lessen the pain and symptoms of arthritis.

Cuts risk of chronic diseases. Data from the CDC-led Diabetes Prevention Program show that a moderate weight loss – around 14 pounds – can lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. Weight loss can also reduce the risk of developing diseases such as cancer and can help prevent and treat arthritis and related diseases.

Makes breathing easier. Rena Wing, PhD, professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School and director of the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I., says that “Weight losses of just 10 percent of a person’s body weight (or about 20 pounds in those who weigh 200 pounds) have also been shown to have a long-term impact on sleep apnea …” Findings in a report from the American Heart Association noted that reducing obesity is the single, most changeable action that can be taken to prevent sleep apnea.

Lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke. Studies have shown that losing weight can lower your blood pressure into the healthy range. In addition, eating right and engaging in physical activity that leads to weight loss can also lower your cholesterol. Data suggest that even a moderate weight loss of 5 to 10 pounds can help to reduce your blood pressure and your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Overall

Weight loss is a tough endeavor, but no single action can provide as many positive effects on the body as weight loss. Its benefits for your body – helping you live longer, and pain and disease free – far outnumber the challenges you’ll meet as you work toward your weight loss goal. Talk to us today at Doctor for Life and ask about starting your weight loss program to gain lasting, better overall physical and mental health.  

Some information in this post was content provided from the Arthritis Foundation, Atlanta, Ga.

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