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Nutrition for Diabetes

The management of diabetes mellitus is based primarily on the regulation of blood sugar (blood glucose) levels in the body. Achieving optimal blood sugar control can prevent or delay both the short- and long-term complications of diabetes. When people keep their blood sugars within the target ranges prescribed by their doctors, they can avoid

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Chiropractic and Fibromyalgia

Chiropractic care can treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia through corrective structural alignment of the nervous system and manipulative adjustment therapies for pain-relief. When many people think of chiropractors, they think of pain relief for back aches or neck aches, but they might not consider chiropractic care for relief of the symptoms that go along with the inflammation and pain.

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Chiropractic Care for Arthritis

There is a wide variety of treatment for arthritis. One category is physical medicine and it includes physical therapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists, personal trainers and Doctors of Chiropractic aka chiropractors. Chiropractors are best known for their manipulation of spinal joints, which they refer to as an adjustment, but no two chiropractors adjust exactly the same way.

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Prevent and Manage Diabetes with Physical Activity

According a recent article in the American College of Sports Medicine’s flagship journal, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (1), there are more than 21 million Americans with T2D as of 2010 with an estimated 7 million undiagnosed. If these numbers don’t mean much, let’s give it some perspective: in 1958 there were only 1.5 million. (Granted, the US population has increased, but only from about 180 million to 310 million, not 15-fold as in the numbers of T2D.) Further-more, due to the now-defined pre-diabetes – or sub-clinical diabetes where the precursors to diabetes are lurking if lifestyle does not change dramatically – it is estimated that 80 million Americans are at risk.

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Arthritis and Massage

Did you know that there are multiple different forms of arthritis, with a wide variety of symptoms and presentations?  The most common of these is Osteoarthritis.  “Osteo” means bone; “Arthro” relates to joints; and “-itis” refers to inflammation.  By definition Osteoarthritis is the degradation of a joint, breakdown of the cartilage, and the inflammation that accompanies it. Another name for Osteoarthritis is Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD).

Don’t Go “On” a Diet

DietThink about the statement “I’m going on a diet”.  When we say we’re going on a diet we’re implying that eventually we’ll come off the diet and the changes we’re making are only temporary.  We might “white knuckle” it for a few weeks or months but eventually we come off the diet because the changes are too extreme.

Most of us are looking for a quick fix so we often consider an effective diet to be one that takes off a lot of weight quickly.  When we gain weight back after going off a diet we don’t typically say “the diet didn’t work”, instead we blame ourselves for lacking will power.  We need to redefine a successful weight management program as one that doesn’t depend on will power and instead uses realistic lifestyle change to take off weight gradually and keep it off forever.

Are you ready to seek expert advice to develop a realistic weight loss plan?  Click here to search MFN for Nutritionists/Dietitians who specialize in weight management.  They can help you develop a personalized plan that works for you and your unique lifestyle.

Trans Fat in Hiding

Did you know if a product contains less than half a gram of trans fat per serving, the manufacturer is not required to list it on the label? This means a product with 0.49 grams of trans fat can read no trans fat on the label. As a result, if you consume a few servings of a product like this, you could consume over a gram of trans fat without knowing it!

According to the American Heart Association you should limit your daily consumption of trans fat to less than 1 percent of your calories. This means if you consume 2,000 calories per day, no more than 20 calories or 2 grams of fat should come from trans fat.

So, how can you tell if a product contains trans fat? Look for “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” oil in the ingredient label because trans fat is created during the hydrogenation process. Restaurants and food manufacturers love to use these hydrogenated oils because they taste good, are inexpensive and help preserve food.

Trans fat is often found in fried foods and bakery items such as pie crust, pizza dough, cookies, cake, French fries, crackers, margarine, and shortening and a small amount of trans fat occurs naturally in animal foods such as lamb, butterfat, and beef. The best way to avoid trans fat is to eat a well balanced diet that is mostly plant-based. Don’t forget to read labels and limit or avoid products that contain hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils because this means they contain trans fat!