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Our weight is rather specific and individual thing. Some people may gain some weight every year, and some people can keep the same weight for a long time. But still, what can cause the weight gaining? Let’s look through 7 things that make you gain fat!
#1: Eating very fast.
Nowadays, all of us have too many deals and plans. And very often we are in a hurry and just do not have enough time to eat normally. Actually, eating very fast can cause not only fat gaining but also serious health problems. In fact, there is nothing more important than our health. So, we should take care of it.
By the way, extra kilograms can cause serious health problems as well.
#2: The lack of water in the organism.
Basically, the dehydration is a very serious thing, which can cause big problems. In fact, people who do not drink enough water usually tend to mix feelings of hunger and thirst. As a result, they can gain extra calories. But still, if you do not like to drink water, you can substitute it by drinking teas, juices, or eat fruits. [Read more…]
By Nancy Bryan, Ph.D.
Can anxiety make you fat? The answer is an emphatic “Yes.” If someone finds it hard to accept this assertion, it may be because it’s hard to grasp how anything that seems to be occurring in the mind could make an apparently unrelated something happen in the body.
The best way to understand the process by which anxiety is translated into excess weight is to visualize the body as a continuing messaging system whose complexity dwarfs the distribution systems of Amazon and UPS put together. While you are feeling a mental state you call “anxiety,” your body is undergoing a complex set of processes known as “stress,” or “the stress response.” The stress response calls forth an outpouring of a dazzling array of hormones (norepinephrine, cortisol, dopamine, and others), but for the purposes of this brief piece let’s focus first on cortisol, the single hormone within the stress response that is primarily responsible for fat formation.
Before he developed the South Beach Diet, Dr. Arthur Agatston, a cardiologist, noticed that many of his obese cardiology patients at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes displayed what is called “metabolic syndrome,” a condition with three well-recognized symptoms: “central obesity” (i.e., belly fat); “insulin resistance”; and “reactive hypoglycemia.” What Dr. Agatston discovered in 2003 has since been reinforced by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig in their admirably rigorous 2012 book, It Starts with Food. According to the Hartwigs, chronic elevated cortisol levels are responsible for doing the following three things: increasing blood-sugar levels by impairing glucose uptake from the bloodstream; contributing to insulin resistance; and “preferentially direct[ing] body fat to the abdominal region.” All of the major markers for metabolic syndrome, and thus fat formation, are right there, courtesy of chronic elevated levels of cortisol. [Read more…]
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If you suffer from diabetes or prediabetes, being a couch potato is particularly dangerous to your health. Here, the American Diabetes Association and Dr. Sheri R. Colberg explain why staying fit is crucial to managing this disease—and offer 11 tips to get you excited about exercising just in time for the new year!
Now that 2018 is finally here, you’ve decided that thisyear you’re finally going to better manage your diabetes, starting with that dreaded word: exercise. According to Sheri R. Colberg, PhD, FACSM, if you suffer from diabetes or are at risk for developing the disease, deciding to commit to fitness could be a real lifesaver. That’s why it’s more important than ever that you make sure this resolution sticks.
“Considering that more than 29 million people have diabetes and 84.1 million American adults have prediabetes, it’s crucial that a large number of people make lifestyle changes for the sake of their health,” says Dr. Colberg, who partnered with the American Diabetes Association to write the new book Diabetes & Keeping Fit For Dummies® (Wiley, February 2018, ISBN: 978-1-119-36324-8, $22.99).
“If you have diabetes or are at risk of developing it, exercising regularly is the single most important thing you can do to keep your blood glucose levels in check, reduce your risk of developing complications, and slow down the aging process,” she adds. “And the new year is the perfect time to commit to doing more physical activity.” [Read more…]
By Alex Tate
Your claim has been denied. End of story or the beginning of a new one? One that may lead to money.
Too many practices accept denials as the end of the story, accepting the health plans “No” with a shrug, as business as usual. But accepting no without pushing back means accepting the economic loss, and the loss of learning without a fight. And a little fight just might work. In fact, some studies show that while plans are denying 5%-7% of all claims, only 50% are appealed, while appeals result in additional payment 70% to 80% of the time.
Never accept a denial without challenging it. Even if your appeal is unsuccessful you may learn from the experience as to avoid a future denial for the same reason. In fact, many denials are based on errors of fact, correct the fact in your appeal, and you can be successful.
To be successful you will have to be able to read and understand the explanation of benefits (EOB), which everyone handling claims in an office should be able to do. Once you know why the claim was denied, then you can appeal with the correct information. [Read more…]
By Dr. Nina Radcliff
No matter what your age, whether you’re 20 or 60, you can make lifestyle choices that will lower your risk of heart disease; help prevent heart attack and stroke; as well as manage your health conditions and improve your overall heart health. That is the single most important walkaway understanding I want to underscore as we step into American Heart Month. You hold great power!!
A federally designated event, February marks Heart Health Month. Our nation’s heart organizations, medical communities and caring voices will join together to help make a difference in the disturbing statistics surrounding the facts that: “Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. and around the world– causing 40% of U.S. deaths.”
Yes, the staggering statistics are real – but just because we have a history of cardiovascular disease, does not mean we must fall victim to yesterday’s stats. Today, and every day, we can take steps to significantly lower our risk of heart disease and improve our heart health.
It is a great time to re-commit to a healthy lifestyle and where needed, make needed changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. [Read more…]
By Joey Truscelli, Co-Founder, Hello Alvin
Getting the flu can be a miserable experience, often resulting in days at home in bed recovering with the standard doses of fluids, cough medicine and decongestants. Sometimes, persistent flu symptoms can require a doctor’s intervention, and even medication. Now, accessing that care is literally only a few clicks and minutes away.
Significant advances in mobile technology and telehealth over the last decade have made getting to that doctor for advice, treatment and medication is now as simple as picking up your mobile phone, tablet or computer and clicking to request a virtual telehealth consult. Patients can request a consult, and it only takes about 10 minutes with some services until a doctor calls you back by phone or video chat to diagnose, treat and even provide a prescription, if needed.
For those who are self-employed, the flu can also mean unexpected gaps in productivity, which can make you feel even worse.
Traditionally, when a doctor’s advice is needed, we’ve had to make an appointment with our provider, or if you don’t have one it means a visit to the local Urgent Care or ER for treatment. This can be time-consuming, frustrating and expensive, especially for those with limited or no healthcare benefits. [Read more…]
Most of us wake up tired. We feel like we can’t get past 3 p.m. without a caffeine boost. We all know we have an energy deficiency. But what we don’t realize is that many of the lifestyle choices we make deplete our cells’ energy source. We’re deficient in ATP, which is what fuels every cell in our bodies. It’s the energy currency of life. And thankfully, there’s a way to encourage our bodies to make more of it.
We don’t need our blood tested to tell us if we’re low in ATP. It’s not a deficiency like vitamin C is to scurvy or vitamin D is to lack of sun. And frustratingly, a doctor would never catch it. But there’s no way you’re not lacking. We all know we don’t sleep enough. We’re dragging through our days. We’re basically running on empty.
Beware of these health hackers
We all want to be an eight, nine or ten on the energy scale. We can’t be healthy without optimal energy. They go hand in hand. But by and large, we don’t do what the experts recommend. Like a persistent computer virus, things such as stress, poor diet, lack of exercise and lack of sleep hack into our health. They are powerful energy zappers.
A bridge-the-gap solution
To understand what’s happening, let’s go back to what we learned in high school science classes. Our mitochondria are what energize the trillions of cells in our bodies and get them to do everything they need to do. Think of mitochondria as your body’s energy CPU. If they aren’t working up to capacity, things are slow. [Read more…]
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that more than half of Americans take some form of dietary supplement for their overall health. Our friends and family taking multivitamins, fish oils and other vitamin supplements is nothing new and something we might all consider. But just as different car models require specific grades of fuel for maximum performance, individuals also need different levels of vitamins and nutrients to maximize their personal health.
However, too few of us recognize a key vitamin we may be lacking—B12. Vitamin B12 deficiency has become a silent epidemic. Some of the most commonly mentioned side effects include fatigue, lack of energy, sluggishness and dizziness. While there is a bucket full of other causes we might blame for such symptoms—such as lack of sleep, depression or even more serious health risks, such as anemia—the scary truth is that a deficiency in vitamin B12 could ultimately be behind many if not all of these issues I’ve mentioned here.
As an example, a person low on red blood cells may have pernicious anemia, a B12 deficiency anemias caused by an inability to absorb the vitamin B12 needed for your body to make those healthy red blood cells. Therefore, there may be more serious effects of vitamin B12 deficiency to look into than just the fatigue and sluggishness commonly associated with low B12, levels, for a lack of red blood cells itself could also cause those same effects. [Read more…]
By Dr. Nina Radcliff
From sneezing, a dry cough, nausea, digestive problems to trouble swallowing, turning blue, a drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness and more – food allergies can range greatly from mild to severe and be a potentially life-threatening medical condition.
Complicating matters, reactions can be unpredictable. You may live all your life with no food allergies and then after a meal, show symptoms you have never experienced before. And too, the first signs of a reaction can be mild, but symptoms can worsen quickly – or over time. What caused a mild reaction one time can lead to a severe reaction the next time. Add to this, the facts are that children have been found to communicate their symptoms differently than adults.
Research tells us that either you – or someone close to you – has food allergies, as it affects almost 15 million Americans (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) with one in every 16 children having a food allergy. Statistically, this averages to one or two students in every classroom. And over the last two decades, its prevalence amongst our children has skyrocketed—there has been an 18% increase between the years 1997-2007. While there are a number of theories and research is ongoing, no one is sure why food allergies are being diagnosed more frequently.
Food allergies send more Americans to emergency rooms each year than commonly known. According to Food Allergy Research and Education, it occurs every three minutes! It is important for all of us to understand food allergies – and that they can pose serious health challenges. Any suspected food allergies should always be evaluated, diagnosed and treated by a qualified medical professional.
Dr. Nina’s What You Need To Know: About Food Allergies