Obesity and Sleep Apnea

27 Apr
More than one-third of Americans are now obese according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Obesity is a risk factor for many medical conditions, and is considered a major risk factor for the development of sleep apnea. Simply ... Read more »

Benefits of Pineapple

7 Apr

If you’re looking for a delicious treat, grab a Pineapple!  Rough on the outside, and sweet on the inside, Pineapple is one powerful fruit.

Pineapple has no cholesterol or fat, with little sodium.  There are some natural sugars in pineapple though, approximately 8 grams and 41 calories for a half cup.  Pineapples contain Vitamin B, Manganese, and Thiamin.  The mineral Manganese, helps protect your bone density and keep connective tissue stronger.  You want to avoid canned pineapple and consume fresh raw pineapple, due to syrup that is high in calories and sugar that is added to canned fruits.  You get the largest amount of vitamins and nutrients if pineapple is chunked fresh.

The Vitamin C found in pineapple is essential for eye health and can help prevent macular degneration.  Vitamin C, which is primarily a water-based soluble vitamin, gives pineapple anti-inflammatory/antioxidant benefits.  Antioxidants help to repair damaged cells in your body you can acquire from every day exposure.  This also boosts your immune system.  Pineapple also contains dietary fiber that is very essential while trying to lose weight.

Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple that helps aid in digestion.  This enzyme helps to break apart proteins while going through our digestive system. Bromelain is found in the core of pineapple and is used to help treat inflammation, colds, and patients at risk for blood clots.

Original Article Here:  http://www.livescience.com/45487-pineapple-nutrition.html

Blue 365 Discount

6 Apr

Did you know that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network members can now 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 2,223 BCBSM/BCN members take advantage of our discount and these members have lost 55,589 pounds! 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

National Walking Day 2017

3 Apr

Get Up and Move!

These days, we’re spending more time at work and sitting in front of a screen than ever before. We’re becoming less active, which can increase our risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases.

Take the first step to a healthier life by taking part in the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day!  On Wednesday this week (April 5th), we encourage our MWLC patients to lace up your sneakers and take 30 minutes out of your day to get up and walk.

Let’s Walk!

While we get into the spirit of being healthy and active this week, we urge you to join the MWLC Team and come walk with us at the American Heart Association Heart Walks in May.

Visit: http://mwlc.com/Community_Events.php and join the MWLC Team today!

Diabetes Alert Day

28 Mar

Today, March 28th, 2017, is ‘Diabetes Alert Day’!

What is ‘Diabetes Alert Day’?

March 28th is the American Diabetes Association’s one-day wake-up call that focuses the public’s attention on learning their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  The Association encourages the public to take one minute to take the Diabetes Risk Test, because it can protect you for a lifetime.  The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer 7 simple questions about their weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.  

MWLC is an official Diabetes Risk Test location. We encourage you to stop into any of our 32 locations today to take this simple quick test and also have a free blood pressure check.  High blood pressure is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.  

Today, MWLC clinics will have ADA ‘type 2 preventative tips’ and MWLC staff on hand to assist those who wish to learn more about healthy eating and our services.  After all, MWLC offers customized, medically supervised weight loss services that are designed to help improve the medical conditions associated with type 1 and 2 diabetes!    

Learn More Here:  http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/alert-day/?referrer=https://www.google.com/

The Impact of Obesity on Fertility

6 Mar

Couples where both individuals are obese may take 55 to 59 percent longer to achieve pregnancy (compared to non-obese couples), according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health.

The 501 couples involved were a part of the ‘Longitudinal Investigation of Fertility and the Environment Study’, which looked at the relationship between fertility and environmental chemicals.  The couples were from Michigan and Texas, and the women in the study kept record of their menstrual cycles, intercourse, and home pregnancy test results.  The couples were monitored until pregnancy or for up to one year of attempting to conceive.

The participant’s BMI was calculated and they were classified into two groups of obesity – group one had a BMI of 30 to 34.9 – group two had a BMI of 35 or greater.  The researchers then calculated the probability that a couple would achieve pregnancy by using a statistical measure called the fecundability odds ratio (FOR).

The researchers compared the average time to achieve a pregnancy among couples in the non- obese group to that of the couples in the BMI of 35 or greater group.

The study found that the BMI 35+ group took longer to achieve pregnancy than non-obese couples. Couples in the non-obese group had a FOR of 1.  BMI 35+ couples had a FOR of .45, indicating that they took 55 percent longer to achieve pregnancy than the non-obese group. When the researchers took into account other factors known to influence fertility, the ratio for BMI 35+ couples lowered to .41 (59 percent longer to achieve pregnancy.)

The study concluded that couples’ obesity may reduce the chances of fertility and that this should be taken into consideration when counseling couples about pregnancy.  Losing weight may help reduce the time needed to conceive.

Full Article Here: https://www.nichd.nih.gov/news/releases/Pages/020217-couple-obesity.aspx

Children’s Menus Remain Unhealthy at Restaurants Despite Industry Push

28 Feb

The healthy eating trend has impacted many American diets in recent years, but there’s one crucial area that has remained largely unchanged – the children’s menu. Studies show many children’s menus lacking in healthy options.

Tracy talks about how parents need to change children’s eating habits at home first while they are young.

How do YOU make sure your kids eat healthy?

Fasting Diet May ‘Regenerate Diabetic Pancreas’

24 Feb

Recent US research, published in the journal Cell, indicates that pancreas (the organ that controls blood sugar levels) damaged from diabetes may be able to regenerate via a fasting diet.  The regeneration of the organ contributed to a reversal of diabetic symptoms in animal experiments.

During the research, mice were given a modified form of the “fasting-mimicking diet”.  The human equivalent of the diet would be five days on a low calorie (around 800 to 1,100), low protein, low carbohydrate meal plan, but with high unsaturated-fat.  The five days are followed by 25 days eating what they want.

During these animal experiments, the diet regenerated the beta cell (detects sugar in the blood and releases insulin when levels are too high) in the pancreas.

Dr Valter Longo, from the University of Southern California, said: “Our conclusion is that by pushing the mice into an extreme state and then bringing them back – by starving them and then feeding them again – the cells in the pancreas are triggered to use some kind of developmental reprogramming that rebuilds the part of the organ that’s no longer functioning.”

Researchers have indicated that these findings are “potentially very exciting”, as they are the beginning stages of finding a new treatment for the condition.  People are advised not to try this diet without medical advice.

Full Article Here:  http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39070183

Gender Impacts Consequences of Consuming High Fat Diet

16 Feb

According to a recent study, consuming a high fat diet may have greater negative health consequences for men than women.

The study, conducted by Dr. Zoe Williams and Dr. Matt Cocks, looked at how males and females each responded when they consumed large amounts of high fat foods for a week.  Dr. Williams and Dr. Cocks underwent this high fat diet personally, and studied how the diet affected ability to control blood sugar levels.

Before the two researchers began, their body fat was measured and their blood sugar levels recorded.  They were given glucose monitors to keep track of their blood sugar throughout the week.  In order to have an impact in just one week, the diet contained about 50% more calories than would typically be eaten.

Twice during the week, they each drank a sugary drink to introduce sugar into their blood stream.  The glucose monitors showed whether the diet was affecting their ability to clear this sugar from their blood.

Zoe’s ability to control blood sugar levels didn’t get any worse on the diet.  Matt, however, got 50% worse at clearing glucose from his blood.

Overall, this study shows the importance (especially for men) of maintaining a healthy weight and consuming a low fat diet to keep blood sugar levels normal, leading to prevention of diabetes and other serious medical conditions.

Full Article Here:  http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38963874