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Liver disease is not just for dipsomaniacs

Liver disease is not just for dipsomaniacs

Most people associate liver disease with a bleary-eyed, chronic alcoholic (a condition called dipsomania in the 19th century). But there’s another type of liver disease that has little to do with alcohol and more to do with overeating.  Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) describes the accumulation of fat in the liver of people who drink [...]

July 18, 2013 Susan Cholesterol Screens, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Miscellaneous health topics, Obesity and related diseases, Weight Loss & FItness Comments Off on Liver disease is not just for dipsomaniacs

How Diabetes 2 Starts

How Diabetes 2 Starts

Obesity and diabetes 2 are kissing cousins. Type 2 diabetes occurs later in life or with obesity at any age. Insulin resistance precedes the development of type 2 diabetes, sometimes by years. Here’s how insulin works and what happens when cells can’t use insulin properly. The consequence of too many carbs, every day The most [...]

July 18, 2013 Susan Diabetes, Obesity and related diseases, Weight Loss & FItness Comments Off on How Diabetes 2 Starts

Fat? Tired? And sick of it?

Fat? Tired? And sick of it?

What would it take for you to change your lifestyle? A personal trainer who’s both tough but loving—like the ones you see on The Biggest Loser? A humiliating experience like being unable to fit in a chair or through a door?  Or a lab test that reveals you’re at higher risk for developing diabetes or [...]

July 15, 2013 Susan Hereditary Diseases, Men's Health, Obesity and related diseases, Weight Loss & FItness, Women's Health Comments Off on Fat? Tired? And sick of it?

A fancy word for change: Metabolism

A fancy word for change: Metabolism

Many people think metabolism is a simple equation of food intake minus calories burned. Derived from the Greek word, “metabol,” meaning “to change,” metabolism is actually a blanket term describing thousands of  physical and chemical processes in the body that change one thing into another to build and repair cells, fight infection, maintain body temperature [...]

May 1, 2013 Susan Weight Loss & FItness Comments Off on A fancy word for change: Metabolism

Look inside to test wellness

Look inside to test wellness

What is wellness? If you divide your life into four dimensions, physical, emotional, social and spiritual and take stock in each area—you will have a measure of wellness. Some authors of wellness also include “intellectual,” as a dimension of wellness. At the base of the “wellness pyramid” are the components of physical health—which include maintaining [...]

April 18, 2013 Susan Cholesterol Screens, Tests to detect and manage diabetes, Thyroid Screens, Weight Loss & FItness Comments Off on Look inside to test wellness

Personal trainers have a secret

Personal trainers have a secret

Actually, they have more than one secret, but the most important is “adherence.” If it were easy to stick to a fitness regimen—more people would do it without help. Half of all those who start an exercise program drop out in six months. Hiring a trainer is the first step, but it doesn’t guarantee that [...]

April 18, 2013 Susan Weight Loss & FItness Comments Off on Personal trainers have a secret

Five steps toward wellness

Five steps toward wellness

1. Drink more water. Water increases energy and vitality, while helping to control hunger pangs. 2. Move your body. Fitness can utilize up to 30 times more blood sugar than rest and it is especially good for improving your mood. 3. Eat five small meals a day. Never skip breakfast. Eat five meals a day [...]

April 18, 2013 Susan Men's Health, Weight Loss & FItness, Women's Health Comments Off on Five steps toward wellness