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

November is ‘National Diabetes Awareness Month’.

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

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 and arthritis. 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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Diabetes: Protect Your Eyes In 6 Steps

18 Oct

October is Blindness Awareness Month.  What does that have to do with Diabetes?  A lot actually – according to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among adults in the U.S.

Over time, high blood sugar levels from diabetes can lead to damage of the retina, the layer on the back of the eye that captures images and sends them to the brain.

Eye damage can occur without any initial symptoms. This is why it is so important for people with diabetes to get regular eye examinations and catch problems before serious retinal changes occur.  What is the best way to preserve your vision?  Control your blood glucose.  “When you have vision loss from diabetes, it also indicates that your blood glucose levels are abnormal,” says Raj Maturi, MD, associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at Indiana University School of Medicine.  High blood pressure and kidney problems are also risk factors for diabetic retinopathy.  Follow these guidelines to protect your vision.

  1. Do your best to control your glucose by monitoring daily.
  2. Keep your A1C (overall measure of blood glucose control) within your target range.
  3. Avoid extreme and frequent high blood glucose highs and lows, even if your A1C is on target.
  4. Eat healthy foods and maintain a well-balanced diet.
  5. Do aerobic exercises to improve vascular function or check with your physician if you’ve been diagnosed with proliferative retinopathy, detached retina, or other eye problems.
  6. Maintain good eye protection habits such as wearing sunglasses to reduce UV light exposure, taking a multivitamin that contains vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and zinc. The National Eye Institute studied high-dose vision supplements and found that 500 mg of vitamin C, 400 IU of vitamin E, 15 mg of beta-carotene and 8 mg of zinc reduced vision loss from advanced age-related macular degeneration in some people. Discuss these supplements with your physician before taking for eye health.
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The Importance of Implementing Healthier Habits Earlier in Life

22 Sep

Nearly 1 in 3 Michigan children are overweight or obese.  Choosing convenience foods and sugar filled beverages over healthier options has become the ‘norm’ in many diets of Americans spanning all ages.

In addition to making poor food choices, serving sizes are increasingly exceeding what the body actually needs.  Implementing healthier habits earlier in life can ensure your child’s body is functioning properly while lowering risk of chronic conditions, and they are also more likely to make better choices as they get older.

Ensuring a Healthy Future

  1. Be a role model. Cooking meals at home encourages your loved ones to make smarter choices on their own and also is a great way to dive into healthier choices.
  2. Limit screen time. Signing up for a sport, playing outside or finding other creative ways to play and move around the house can stimulate young brains, endorsing healthier habits. Ensuring children get a break from phones, tablets or video games can positively impact their physical and mental well-being.
  3. Stop the Pop. Taste buds crave higher amounts of sugar, perpetuating an addictive sugar craving over time when children are allowed to indulge in sugary beverages on a regular basis.

Healthy Development

  1. Bones. Diets that include nutrient rich foods strengthen bone density and promote growth.
  2. Brains. A balanced nutritional diet helps young brains grow and function. A deficiency of glucose, vitamins, minerals and proteins can lead to a higher risk of mental disorders.
  3. Muscles. Well rounded nutrition also plays an important role in maintaining muscle function and skeletal development.

Lower Risk of Chronic Conditions

  1. Ensuring your child’s nutritional health helps to avoid serious issues later in life. Including chronic conditions such as: obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, depression and eating disorders.  Call Medical Weight Loss Clinic today – with over 30 years experience and over 30 locations to serve you, we can help you and your child’s nutritional health stay on track!  
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