Hypertension is a powerful risk factor for stroke and heart attack, especially in women. Many women are diagnosed with hypertension in their mid-50s, especially if they have a family history. Many of my patients ask me how they might avoid taking prescription drugs for their blood pressure—and many can do
Good nutrition is essential to maintaining health, especially as you get older. The food pyramid is a guide, created by the USDA, to help Americans choose the right combination of foods each day for optimum nutrition. It divides foods into groups?bread, cereal, rice, and pasta; fruit; vegetables; milk, yogurt, and cheese; meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs, and nuts; fats, oils, and sweets?and describes how much of each food group people should eat. In recent years, MyPlate, also from the USDA, has replaced the food pyramid. MyPlate features a divided plate graphic representing the major food groups?fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy.
Certain food groups can help you lose weight. Eating high protein foods such as lean chicken breast, beans, fish, and tofu curb hunger, so you eat less. Protein is an important component of any diet, but it shouldn?t entirely replace other food groups, including whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
A low carb diet such as Atkins or South Beach is another approach to weight loss that focuses on protein and fats, and limits carbs from grains, starchy vegetables, fruit, and other sources. Yet this diet may not be a good long-term approach. While low carb diets do encourage weight loss in the short term, after a year or two they offer little advantage over traditional low-fat diets. And very restrictive low carb diets could potentially lead to nutritional deficiencies.
Watching your calorie intake is another way to control your weight. An online calorie counter can help you determine how many calories are in the foods you eat, and how many calories you consume each day. Pair up a calorie counter with a weight loss calculator, in which you input your weight, height, age, activity level, and the amount of weight you?d like to lose. The weight loss calculator will help you determine how many calories you should eat each day to reach your goal.
Gastritis is inflammation or irritation of the lining of the stomach. Stomach inflammation and other discomfort and pain can occur suddenly (acute) lasting one to three days, or it can be chronic, lasting several days to weeks.
When searching for the causes of gastritis pain and discomfort look for:
Heartburn/indigestion (burning feeling
Q. I need to lose weight, and my doctor has suggested that I see a dietitian. How do I get started?
A. Ask your doctor for a referral to a registered dietitian (RD). If you are obese (a body mass index of 30 or higher), Medicare Part B covers weight-loss counseling.
Use of Low-Calorie Sweeteners Has Grown
A recent study reports that 41 percent of American adults consume at least one low-calorie sweetener (LCS) on a regular basis, a 54 percent increase compared to findings from 1999-2000. LCSs are used in place of added sugars, such as high-fructose corn syrup, in food and
Since the 1970s, frozen yogurt—“froyo,” as it’s known—has been a popular alternative to traditional ice cream because it typically contains less fat and fewer calories. If you look closely at the nutritional content of some of the most loved brands, however, you’ll find that frozen yogurt can also be high
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analyzed the current food labels for two years, and is now ready to debut the results. They feel the new labels will better inform and guide America’s food choices. The deadline for switching over to the new label is July 2018, although some manufacturers
Q. Are corn tortillas considered whole grain?
A. Nicola McKeown, PhD, an associate professor at Tufts’ Friedman School, responds: “As a reminder, a whole grain is defined as one that has all three original parts—bran, germ and endosperm—in the same relative proportions as the original grain. For a corn tortilla to
You may be consuming plenty of vitamin B12. But, is it getting where it needs to go in your body? New research suggests that, even after absorption (which is sometimes poor), genetic variations held by some people may reduce the vitamin’s transport from the intestines to the body’s tissues where
It’s all too common for people to go on weight loss diets but give up because their appetite is surging. Sadly, many people regain much of the weight they’ve worked so hard to lose. It may not be due to weak willpower, though. Rather, your body may be producing powerful
By May 5, 2017, restaurants with at least 20 locations must list calories on print menus and menu boards. Calories should appear next to the name or price of regularly-offered foods and drinks—and in a matching type size.
“This is new information, so it may take a while to sink into