Menopause and Dietary Choices

23 Jun

Did you know eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly can help alleviate symptoms of menopause? Menopause can affect our health in many ways!

Menopause may cause weight gain, hot flashes, mood changes or a feeling of tiredness. To boost energy, mood, metabolism, and overall health you should make sure that you consume low calorie, high fiber fruits and vegetables. This will help to give you a full feeling and keep your weight in check.

Menopause can also cause dry skin, bone loss and an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.  Osteoporosis can be caused by decreased estrogen levels during menopause. This is when our body starts losing bone density. Calcium and Vitamin D are very important for our body during this time. Some calcium-rich foods you should consider adding to your diet are dark leafy greens, plain non-fat yogurt, and low-fat milk.

Post-Menopausal women are also at a risk for developing heart disease, caused by weight gain in their mid-section. Our heart is the most important organ in our body. To protect your heart you should consume Omega 3. A few good source examples that contain Omega 3 are salmon and spinach. These food choices will also help improve stamina and mood. Vitamin B, folic acid, and fiber are also needed to promote a healthy heart. A good source for this nutrition is from whole grain foods such as brown rice, quinoa, etc.

Exercise is also important during menopause and will not only will help reduce or alleviate side effects of menopause, but it can help you emotionally and mentally deal with other symptoms. Exercise may help you to fall asleep easier and to stay asleep during the night.

Original Article Here:  https://www.ahealthiermichigan.org/2017/04/05/dietary-tweaks-to-consider-as-you-enter-menopause/

Weight-Related Deaths Affecting Non-Obese Individuals

15 Jun

A recent global study suggests that you don’t necessarily have to have an obese diagnosis, to be at risk for dying from conditions related to excess weight.

Of 4 million deaths that occurred in 2015 that are related to being overweight, around 40% were not considered clinically obese (a BMI of 30 or more.)

The study looked at 195 countries and territories over a period of 35 years, from 1980 to 2015, and indicated that 30% of the world’s population, 2.2 billion children and adults, are affected by excess weight and suffer from health problems related to being overweight (type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers.)

“Excess body weight is one of the most challenging public health problems of our time, affecting one in every three people,” said Dr Ashkan Afshin, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of Global Health at IHME.

These results stress the need for reducing the prevalence of high BMI and its health consequences.

Original Article:  http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40220182

Full Journal Article:  http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1614362

Lose Weight. Save Money.

12 Jun

Lose Weight, Save Money.

Do you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA)?

Your plan may cover MWLC Services. Check with your FSA/HSA plan and book an MWLC consultation today!*

Book Your MWLC Consultation Here: https://patients.mwlc.com/Book_Your_Consultation.php

*Reimbursement is not guaranteed and is subject to your FSA/HSA plan requirements.

Blue 365 Weight Loss and Discount

7 Jun

Did you know that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network members can receive discounted rates for joining Medical Weight Loss Clinic through the Blue Cross and Blue Care Network member discount program, Blue365? 

Medical Weight Loss Clinic became a discount partner with BCBSM in September of 2015.  Since then, MWLC has had 2,616 BCBSM/BCN members take advantage of our discount and these members have lost 65,644 pounds (just under 33 TONS!) That’s an average of 25 pounds per member.  

This is big news at MWLC!  Why?  Because we are not only helping our patients lose weight, we are improving their health right along with it!

How can you get in on the savings and the same great results?

Simply show your BCBSM or BCN card to receive your Blue365 discount at any of our locations.  Some restrictions do apply.

Book Your MWLC Consultation Here: https://patients.mwlc.com/Book_Your_Consultation.php

CCFA Take Steps Walk!

5 Jun

DON’T FORGET!  This weekend is the CCFA Take Steps Walk! 

This Saturday, June 10th, 2017 is the Royal Oak Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Walk at Meininger Park!  We encourage all MWLC patients to join the MWLC Talking Team to come out and walk with us this weekend!  It’s a great way help raise awareness about Crohn’s and Colitis, healthy living, and being physically active.

Don’t forget to register for the walk! Visit: http://mwlc.com/Community_Events.php and join the MWLC Team today!

Something NEW this year….MWLC patients that participate in the June 10th CCFA Walk, will earn a FREE week of our Freedom weight loss services and an MWLC Team Shirt.  And by making an online donation, patients can receive an additional FREE week of our Freedom weight loss services!  Walk registration and/or donations must be made through Medical Weight Loss Clinic’s Team Page.

We hope to see you at the walk this weekend!

HAP Weight Loss and Discount

5 Jun

As of January 2016, Medical Weight Loss Clinic has helped 481 HAP members lose 12,721 pounds!   That’s an average of 26 pounds and an average BMI decrease of 4.35 per member!

HAP employees and members can receive discounted rates for joining Medical Weight Loss Clinic.  Receive an additional 16% off ALL program services at MWLC, in additional to all advertised percentage discounts.  Present proof of employment at time of consultation.   This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount, some restrictions may apply.

FSA/HSA reimbursement assistance is available.

Book Your Consultation TODAY at https://patients.mwlc.com/Book_Your_Consultation.php

Does TV in the Bedroom Increase Childhood Obesity?

2 Jun

A recent study by scientists at the University College London suggests that children who have television sets in their bedrooms are more likely to be overweight than children who do not.

The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, analyzed data from over 12,000 young children in the United Kingdom that indicated if the children had a TV in their bedroom or not.  A parent rating of how many hours per day the children spent in general, watching television, was also analyzed.  The first astonishing fact, was that more than half of the children had TVs in their bedrooms at the age of 7.

A few years later, when the children were at the age of 11, researchers analyzed their body mass index and looked at their percentage of body fat.

Girls who had TVs in their bedrooms at the age of seven were 30% more likely to be overweight when they were 11, compared to children who did not have TVs in their bedrooms.  For boys, the risk was increased by around 20%.  This data shows that there is a link between having a TV in the bedroom as a child and being overweight a few years later.

This link is not clear, but the researchers suggest it may be a result of children getting less sleep due to watching TV or eating too many snacks in front of the television screen.  They hypothesize that girls have a stronger link because they are less physically active at this age than boys.

Researchers encourage strategies to prevent childhood obesity to do more to tackle this issue.

Writing in the journal, they say: “While our screens have become flatter, our children have become fatter.”

Original Article Here:  http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40120286

Fitness Trackers and Calories Burned

30 May

A recent study from Stanford University suggests that fitness trackers (such as Apple Watch, Fitbit Surge and Basis Peak) are good at measuring heart rate, but not accurate at measuring calories burned.  As a result, the study encourages individuals to be cautious about using these devices to determine eating habits.

The study recommended that companies release data that indicated how their devices determine measurements.  The accuracy of seven wrist fitness trackers were tested with 60 participants that walked, ran or cycled.  The devices used in the study were the Apple Watch, Fitbit Surge, Basis Peak, Microsoft Band, PulseOn, Mio Alpha 2 and Samsung Gear S2.    The study showed that six out of seven of the devices had an error rate of less than 5% when it came to measuring heart rate.

When it came to keeping track of energy used during exercise, every device had an error rate of about 20%.

Dr Euan Ashley, co-author of the study from the department of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford University, stated  “If you go to the gym, and you think you’ve lost 400 calories, then you might feel you’ve got 400 calories to play with.  That could be an issue if people were basing their diet on what they thought they had burnt off.”  There is also a very wide difference in calories burnt between one person and another, and fitness trackers do not seem to accurately calculate calories burned for every individual.

Fitness trackers may have a positive effect on activity levels, so complete accuracy may not be necessary if the devices are encouraging more exercise overall.  However, other trials have recently suggested that wearing fitness trackers doesn’t always result in a positive outcome or improved weight loss.

Full article here:  http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40030457

HAP Discount

2 May

As of January 2016, Medical Weight Loss Clinic has helped 431 HAP members lose 11,120 pounds!   That’s an average of 25 pounds per member!

HAP employees and members can receive discounted rates for joining Medical Weight Loss Clinic.  Receive an additional 16% off ALL program services at MWLC, in additional to all advertised percentage discounts.  Present proof of employment at time of consultation.   This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount, some restrictions may apply.

FSA/HSA reimbursement assistance is available.

Book Your Consultation TODAY at https://patients.mwlc.com/Book_Your_Consultation.php