MWLC Omega-3 Benefits

18 Feb

Did you know that in the United States, men consume only 50 percent of their daily intake (RDI) of omega-3s, while women consume just 40 percent of their RDI? Why are MWLC Omega-3s beneficial?

Heart Health
Evidence suggests that EPA and DHA help reduce risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure, and lower stroke and heart attack risk.

Brain Health
A reduced intake of omega-3 fats is associated with an increased risk of age-related cognitive decline and dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Vision Health
Large studies find that people who have more omega-3 fats in their diet are less likely to have macular degeneration, an age-related condition that can progress to blindness.

Joint Health
Omega-3s support joint health by decreasing inflammation. Studies find omega-3s to be helpful for reducing the joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

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Causes and Prevention of Heart Disease

6 Feb

What causes heart disease?

Heart disease affects the blood vessels and cardiovascular system. Several different problems can result from this, many of which are related to a process called atherosclerosis, a condition that develops when plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. This buildup narrows the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow through. If a blood clot forms, it can stop the blood flow, causing a heart attack or stroke.

Unfortunately, heart disease can take many other forms as well, including:

  • Heart failure or congestive heart failure, which means that the heart is still working, but it isn’t pumping blood as well as it should, or getting enough oxygen.
  • Arrhythmia or an abnormal rhythm of the heart, which means the heart is either beating too fast, too slow or irregularly. This can affect how well the heart is functioning and whether or not the heart is able to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs.
  • Heart valve problems can lead to the heart not opening enough to allow proper blood flow. Sometimes the heart valves don’t close and blood leaks through, or the valve leaflets bulge or prolapse into the upper chamber, causing blood to flow backward through them.

How can you prevent heart disease?

Some heart disease risks can be controlled, some cannot, but with the right education and care, heart disease in women can be treated and prevented.

Studies show that healthy choices have resulted in 330 fewer women dying from heart disease per day. Here are some lifestyle changes that contribute to this number:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Manage blood sugar
  • Lower and maintain a healthy blood pressure
  • Lower and maintain a healthy cholesterol
  • Stay active and exercise regularly
  • Lose weight and maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet

To learn more, visit: https://www.goredforwomen.org/about-heart-disease/facts_about_heart_disease_in_women-sub-category/causes-prevention/

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7 Ways Weight Loss Affects Your Whole Body

24 Dec

Have you been thinking about starting a weight loss program?  If so, here is some great news:  Losing even just 5% of your body weight can improve your health in major ways, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You’ll see benefits in different parts of your body and in controlling chronic conditions.

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1. ASTHMA
In a 2015 study published in the journal Chest, overweight people who lost and average of 36 pounds improved their asthma control, and their medications worked better.

2. HEART HEALTH
Shedding only a few pounds can lower blood pressure, increase levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol and decrease levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol.

3. EASE KNEE PAIN
Every pound you lose reduces the pressure on your knees when you walk.

4. SLEEP APNEA
Weight loss can reverse mild obstructive sleep apnea and improve sleep.

5. DIABETES
Losing 10 to 15 pounds can help you control your blood sugar levels with lower doses of medication.

6. FEWER BACK ACHES
Losing excess body fat can relieve pressure on disks in the lower spine.

7. FEND OFF FOOT PAIN
Losing weight reduces stress on bones and other structures in your feet.

We’d love to help you feel and look your best – give us a call today at 1-800-GET-SLIM or book a consultation https://patients.mwlc.com/Book_Your_Consultation.php 

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Eat the Rainbow

20 Dec

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While we all know it is important to eat your veggies, did you know there are many positives from eating a rainbow of different colored fruit and vegetables? 🍉🍊🍋🥬🍆

“When you eat a colorful variety of fruit and vegetables, you get a range of phytonutrients, such as antioxidants and flavonoids from the different colors,” says Margaret Hays, dietitian at The Nutrition Specialists in Innaloo.

Charlene Grosse, advanced accredited practicing dietitian and spokeswoman for the Dietitians Association of Australia, says while there is an overlap of some of the nutrients of fruit and vegetables, the different colors tend to depict different antioxidants or compounds the foods may contain.

“An example of this is ‘red’ foods like tomatoes and watermelon, contain lycopene,” she says.

“This is suggested to be helpful in boosting heart health and lowering risk of cancer occurrence, such as prostate cancer.”

Hays says by eating a rainbow of vegetables and fruits, you’re creating variety and interest — so you’re more likely to stick with the healthy eating plan.

“You are casting your (nutritional) net wider,” says Hays.

“If you eat half a cup of broccoli you might find it boring but if you eat a range of colored vegetables, such as a colorful salad, then you get a range of different flavors and textures, and it is more appealing.”

Red 🍎🍉🍓🍒🍅🌶
Grosse says red fruit and vegetables not only contain lycopene, but also have vitamin A, vitamin C and are low in energy and high in fiber.

“It’s important to note that cooking foods can in some ways make it even healthier, and taste even better,” she says.

“When vegetables are heated, their nutrients are more easily accessible and digestible. For example, we know heating and cooking tomatoes actually boosts the absorption of lycopene, an antioxidant that gives them their bright red color.

“There’s also evidence that cooking or roasting veggies in in the oven can boost the absorption of nutrients. So, for many foods, cooking can boost nutrients, and improve taste and texture, which could encourage people to end up eating more healthy foods.”

Green 🍏🍐🥝🥦🥬🥒
You’ve been told to eat your greens for good reason, says Grosse.

“Green veggies are an excellent source of folate, which is important during pregnancy, as well as vitamin C, iron and phytonutrients, helping to boost your immune system,” she says.

“The phytonutrients could also provide some benefits in lowering risk of eye disease, cancer development and help promote healthy blood vessels.”

Orange 🍊🍑🥕🍠
“Orange fruit and vegetables help to pack a nutrition punch, due to their high content of beta carotene, which can be converted by the body into vitamin A,” Grosse says.

“This vitamin is beneficial for helping with vision, immune function and reproduction. So it definitely provides an all-round boost for health.”

Purple 🍇🍆
Grosse says purple foods contain anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants.

“These have the potential to help to protect cells from damage, and may reduce the occurrence of heart issues and cancer,” she says. “Purple vegetables, such as beets, radishes, and carrots, also contain nitrates, and this has been suggested to help reduce blood pressure and may assist in boosting physical performance.”

Get more in your diet
Hays offers 5 tips to boost the amount of rainbow fruit and vegetables in your diet:

1. Don’t leave your vegetables to one meal
2. Make veggies your go-to snack; they are easy to munch on and will fill you up
3. Always include vegetables in your lunch and dinner and at these meals, make sure half of your plate is made up of colorful vegetables
4. Add a vegetable or two to your breakfast; think tasty omelets with hearty mushrooms and spinach or breakfast wraps with added goodies such as colorful peppers and tomatoes
5. Yummy soups are an easy way to get lots of vegetables into a meal or eat delicious salads as the weather warms up

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National Wear Red Day 2018

2 Feb

Did you know that heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined?

Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.

Today, Friday, February 2nd, 2018 is the American Heart Association‘s ‘National Wear Red Day‘!  Medical Weight Loss Clinic encourages our patients to join us by participating in ‘National Wear Red Day’, to promote education about heart disease, stroke, and living a healthy lifestyle.

You can ‘Go Red‘ by eating a healthy diet, following an exercise routine, visiting your doctor for regular health tests, and influencing others by talking about heart health.

Let’s Unite on ‘National Wear Red Day‘!

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February is American Heart Month

1 Feb

Did you know that an average of 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day?  That’s an average of one death every 40 seconds.  Fortunately, we can make a change in these numbers!

February is ‘American Heart Month‘, which focuses on educating individuals about heart disease and stroke, what the risk factors are, and how to prevent these conditions.

The best way to achieve a lower risk of heart disease and stroke is by eating a heart healthy diet, in proper portions, and by being regularly physically active.  February is the perfect time to start making small changes to your lifestyle, that can lead to a lifetime of heart health.

Here are a few ways to celebrate ‘American Heart Month’:

  • Encourage your family to make small diet changes with you, for example, swapping salt out with other spices to season meals.
  • Schedule a visit with your doctor, and talk about heart health!  Knowing your numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose) is important in determining your risk for heart disease.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
  • Exercise regularly.  Start small, for example parking farther away at the store.
  • Eat healthy!  Follow your meal plan, and include variety.
  • If you smoke, work on quitting!

Looking for a fun way to get active?  Join the MWLC Walking Team at the 2018 Michigan AHA Heartwalk!  Register Here:  http://mwlc.com/Community_Events.php

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Cinnamon: How Does it Affect Weight Loss?

28 Nov

Cinnamon and Weight Loss

Cinnamon is more than just a popular spice added to many foods and drinks.  Recent research from the University of Michigan indicates that cinnamon may have small weight loss benefits. The study, published in the journal Metabolism, shows that cinnamon can promote weight loss and kick start your metabolism, due to an agent it contains that burns energy in human fat cells. This agent is an organic compound called cinnamaldehyde. Cinnamaldehyde occurs naturally in the bark of cinnamon trees and is what gives cinnamon its flavor.

The team of researchers from the University of Michigan obtained fat cells called adipocytes, from various human volunteers who had undergone liposuction. After treating these cells with cinnamaldehyde, the researchers noticed some interesting changes. When the cells were treated with cinnamaldehyde, the cells went through a process called thermogenesis, which is when the cells start to burn energy.  Researchers still are unsure how much cinnamon should be safely consumed for weight loss, but adding an extra dash to your foods or drinks may help to improve your metabolism.

Sources:  http://www.metabolismjournal.com/article/S0026-0495(17)30212-3/abstract

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171121095145.htm

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Type 2 Diabetes Awareness

14 Nov

Updated: 11/2/18

November is ‘National Diabetes Awareness Month’.  What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar (glucose).  When you have type 2 diabetes, your body is resistant to the effects of insulin (insulin is a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into your cells) or your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain a normal glucose level.

Almost 37% of Michigan adults have prediabetes and over 12 percent have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Of the list of risk factors, some are uncontrollable, including age, race, genetics and medical history. However, there are many risk factors that are manageable.

Diabetes Risk Factors that are Manageable Include:
• Weight
o Being overweight is a primary risk factor for type 2 diabetes. The more fatty tissue you have, the more resistant your cells become to insulin.
• Inactivity
o The less active you are, the greater your risk of type 2 diabetes. Physical activity helps you control your weight, uses up glucose as energy and makes your cells more sensitive to insulin.

Studies have proven that controlling diabetes with diet and weight loss of even a few pounds is crucial to fighting type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that combining diet and exercise can reduce the risk of diabetes by 58 percent. Weight loss helps people with diabetes in two ways.

First, it lowers insulin resistance. This allows your natural insulin (in people with type 2 diabetes) to do a better job lowering blood glucose levels. If you take a diabetes medication, losing weight lowers blood glucose and may allow you to reduce the amount you’re taking, or quit taking it altogether.

Second, it improves blood fat and blood pressure levels. People with diabetes are about twice as likely to get cardiovascular disease as most people. Lowering blood fats and blood pressure is a way to reduce the risk.

Fortunately, up to 70% of cases of Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented through a healthy lifestyle.  Maintaining weight loss and learning how to lead a healthy lifestyle can reduce diabetes symptoms and help prevent Type 2 Diabetes.

At Medical Weight Loss Clinic, our program consists of one-on-one personal supervision and nutrition guidance by our medical staff. It’s the safest and most effective way for you to lose weight. Our programs use regular grocery store foods and the best part is that we’ll teach you to keep your weight off permanently.

We have designed a program specifically for diabetics. Patients follow our diabetic diet with all varieties of food. This is the key to long-term health, reducing your risk of heart disease, and reducing the symptoms of diabetes.

Learn how to lose weight and reduce your diabetes risk today!

Source:  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-2-diabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20351193

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All About Turmeric

30 Oct

Updated: 10/25/18

All About Turmeric

Turmeric is a golden colored spice essential for Indian curry or yellow mustard.  Not only does it lend its color and flavor to foods, but it has many purported health benefits too.  Turmeric has been thought to be effective for everything from improved brain function, to cancer prevention; from combating depression and heart disease to preventing Alzheimer’s, arthritis and relieving inflammation. Others have suggested links to a possible cure for high cholesterol as well as for eczema and psoriasis. But is it really the cure-all everyone’s claiming it to be?

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

This nubby root with skin similar to ginger root or tamarind has been used in cooking and medicine for thousands of years.  If you break it open, you will see the telltale signature color of turmeric.  Warning – the dyeing properties are great for coloring eggs, but it can also stain clothing, counters, hands and cutting boards.  Turmeric is commonly found in your spice aisle boiled, dried and ground into a powder, but you can also find it fresh at health food stores or organic markets.

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WHAT IT’S USED IN

Turmeric is often stirred into pale foods such as eggs, rice or cauliflower to add a little color to the plate.  Turmeric is also commonly paired with ginger.  Have you tried a Fire Shot or our Baked Tandoori Chicken?

Turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound, but curcumin is only about 3% of turmeric’s weight.  Although curcumin extracts have shown some promise in scientific studies for a number of ailments, the amount of curcumin in a food dose of turmeric is not significant enough to evoke any real change.  Some curcumin advocates suggest consuming with black pepper because a component of pepper called piperine can boost curcumin absorption.

If it’s delicious cuisine you are after, start with the turmeric recipes above or add a sprinkle to your favorite culinary creation.  But if it’s health benefits you seek, you may consider a more concentrated dietary supplement or extract by discussing with your physician.

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U.S. Obesity Rates Have Hit An All-Time High

20 Oct

Forbes Magazine reports that according to troubling new findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 4 in 10 U.S. adults have a body mass index classifying them as obese. Adult obesity rates have continued to increase steadily since the turn of the century, rising from 30.5 percent in 1999-2000 to 39.6 percent in 2015-2016, a record high. Young Americans have also been piling on the pounds and the obesity rate among the country’s youth (aged 2-19 years old) currently stands at 18.5 percent.

Broken down further, one in ten preschoolers aged 2-5, one in five children aged 6-11 and one in five adolescents aged 12-19 is considered obese. That trend is most worrying, given that young people are far more likely to stay obese while childhood obesity is linked to a higher chance of an early death in adulthood. As grim as these obesity figures are, they are only part of a far larger problem in U.S. society. Just over 70 percent of all Americans are either overweight or obese, meaning people with normal weight levels are now a minority.

What can you do to maintain a healthy BMI?  How can you learn how to make healthy choices?  Reach out to Medical Weight Loss Clinic – with 30+ clinic locations, we are ready to help!

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