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Battling Cancer – Empowering The Body Through Nutrition

The American Cancer Society estimates that over 1,750,000 people in the United States will get a cancer diagnosis in 2019, and over 600,000 will die of the disease. Of those who died in 2017, 10 to 20 percent were nonsmokers, and most of the others were former smokers. That outnumbers the deaths from breast, prostate, colon and rectal cancers put together. Although pancreatic cancer doesn’t make the list, it is still the 4th leading cause of deaths. The Immune System and Wellness Researchers suspect links between many carcinogens and tumors, but the connection between some, like cigarette smoke and lung damage, is certain. Another proven link is that between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, a rare, hard-to-treat disorder that doesn’t cause symptoms for 30 to 50 years. Lung ailments are uncomfortable because they make it difficult to breathe, but all patients experience symptoms like pain, anxiety, fatigue and side effects from medication. Illness makes it more difficult to eat a balanced diet and exercise, and that affects the immune system. Doctors can’t always cure cancer, but they may be able to help patients live longer and more comfortable lives with exercise, complementary therapies and special diet programs. The Mayo Clinic recommends that patients talk to their doctors or a dietician about the best way to regain weight lost during the illness. Diet can help to control pain, nausea and side effects that keep cancer patients from getting the nutrients they need. A good plan also helps overweight patients lose extra pounds safely and slowly. Recommendations for a Healthy Diet The American Cancer Society makes the following recommendations:

· Good fats and omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in nuts and fish

· 2.5 cups of fruits and veggies every day

· Proteins low in saturated fat, such as seeds, nuts, lean meats and fish

· Healthy carbs like legumes, whole grains, fruits and vegetables

More research is necessary to know if certain nutrients or foods help with prevention or recurrence, but studies agree that a balanced diet is good. Taking a lot of supplements, however, especially without medical supervision, may be dangerous. Superfoods and Immunity One of the latest trends in the fight for a strong immunity and a disease-free lifestyle is the superfood, many of which are little known and come from around the world. Dana-Farber Cancer Clinic nutritionist Stacy Kennedy says superfoods have similar phytonutrients, or compounds that make them colorful and healthy, that ordinary fruits and vegetables, such as

blueberries or cranberries, have. Although mostly plant-based, the category includes some dairy and fish products and foods like these:

· Green tea

· Leafy, dark greens

· Fruits and berries

· Legumes, nuts, seeds

· Yogurt and kefir

· Olive oil

· Spices like ginger and turmeric

· Avocado

· Sweet potatoes

· Mushrooms

· Seaweed

· Eggs

Just as eating superfoods makes the immune system stronger, eating other foods can be harmful. Foods high in carbohydrates or refined sugar, fried or overcooked foods, processed meats, and foods high in sodium or fat content may cause cancer or complicate recovery. Like healthy individuals, those with immune disorders will benefit from moderation and wise choices.

– Written By Morgan Tully

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New study: blood pressure drops big time on low carb

Remember that toe-tapping reggae song “Pressure Drop” covered by groups like the Clash and the Specials? The lyrics repeated: “Pressure drop, oh pressure, oh yeah, pressure gonna drop on you…https://www.dietdoctor.com/new-study-blood-pressure-drops-big-time-on-low-carb

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Stress at work may contribute to weight gain.

You are having problems at work or at home. Stress is beginning to show — in more ways than one. You have noticed a bulge around your mid-section that was not there before. Where are these extra pounds coming? One of the culprits is stress. Stress temporarily dampens the appetite, but long term it can boost hunger.

Fight and Flight Reaction

When we feel pressured, we are a risk to become overeaters. The fight-or-flight response does what it feels it needs to survive, once your body reaches a certain stress level, most cases, will cause you to eat not mindfully. Why? Because our bodies believe it used up calories to deal with the stress, even though it has not, and as a result, it thinks you need to replenish those calories, though you do not.

Cortisol and Comfort Foods

Tension filled times increase Cortisol levels the stress hormone, which causes sugar and fatty foods cravings that leads to overeating. Overeating then will stimulate insulin secretion the insulin cause sugar to drop, so crave sugar and fatty foods. This cycle of tension, the stress hormone, craving sugar, overeating, sugar dropping, craving sugar turns into a habit.

More likely, you will reach for cookies or mac and cheese instead of healthy fruits and vegetables. These “comfort foods.” makes the body releases chemicals in response to the food that might have a direct calming effect.” Jason Perry Block, MD, says eating can be a source of comfort and solace. Stress puts a person at risk in choosing the wrong kind of foods such as fatty and sugary foods. As a result, stress can lead to more stress hormones, junk food cravings, more storage of belly fat.

Long term effects of unhealthy weight :

Carrying the extra weight can lead to other, more severe problems, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • some cancers

Tips to Relieve Stress:

  1. Massage therapy reduces stress, helps alleviate anxiety, depression and improve sleep.
  2. Exercise, but don’t overdo it. An activity like yoga and Tai Chi are examples of mindful breathing exercises. The intensity workouts can raise cortisol levels. Try brisk walking instead.
  3. Try to get enough sleep and Meditate. These methods can help clear your mind and curb those comfort-food impulses.
  4. Have a supportive family and friends who listens and understands. When you are feeling tense, it is always good to have someone you can trust and talk.
  5. Others stress relieving factors:
    Listen to music

If you are gaining weight due to stress, tackle some good habits that can help you get back to your old self. Eat healthily, get active, and do things that make you relaxed and happy.
We have a day to day struggles and challenges which caused the stress. We have to take charge and manage our stress as best as we can. One way to deal with tension is to resist overeating.

At Doctor for Life, our staff recognizes the importance of stress management. 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. Always, our physicians, coaches, and dietitians are here to help you along the way. We offer expert help here at Doctor for Life in getting you started on your Healthy Weight Lifestyle program. 864-640-0009

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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 …

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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.

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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.

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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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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


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.


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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