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What Can A Healthy Diet Do For You?

Synthetic Sweeteners Increase Cardiometabolic Risk

A recent study in Norway reported by TIME magazine of more than 4000 folks with an average age of 66 showed that people who had healthier diets had larger brain mass when measured on brain scans. In addition, they had more gray and white matter and a larger hippocampus.

A recent study in Obesity Reviews that was reported in US News and World Report indicates all foods are not the same in terms of health value. The study found that fructose-sweetened, high fructose corn syrup-sweetened or sucrose-sweetened beverages increase cardiometabolic risk, whether or not a person gained weight.

Whereas consuming the same amount of calories in cheese and yogurts is associated with a decrease in cardiometabolic risk. Eating saturated fatty acids in certain dairy foods can lead to a decrease in cardiometabolic risk as well.

Our Office Has Moved

Patient’s who’ve not had an appointment in the last two years may be unaware that our office has moved! But don’t fret because we’re at Treepoint Plaza, just a few blocks south of our original location. Getting here is easy as we’re right off Dallas Parkway and there’s plenty of spacious parking.


Our new space is modern and equipped with the latest technology to ensure we can get you in and out as quickly as possible.

The view is awesome and kiddos will love the fun elevator! Hope to See you soon!

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It’s Never Too Late To Talk About Obesity

Two‐thirds of the American population is obese. 

We all know obesity can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. But what is the definition of obesity? Body Mass Index (BMI) is a person’ weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. BMI can be used to screen for weight categories. Normal BMI range from 18.5 to 24.9, overweight range from 25‐29.9, obesity is BMI over 30.

Here are a few weight loss strategies from Dallas Family Medical:

Count your calories: Keep in mind that it takes approximately 3,500 calories below your calorie needs to lose a pound of body fat. To lose about 1 to 2 pounds per week, you’ll need to reduce your caloric intake by 500—000 calories per day. Use the free apps such as calorie king, lose it to help you count calorie. Cut calorie intake: Eating more fruits and vegetable, increasing fiber, making better drink choices and watch the portion.

Burn your calories: 150 minutes/ week of moderate‐intensity aerobic activity and muscle strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week. Don’ be frustrated if you haven’ achieved your weight loss goal, no matter what your weight loss goal is, every pound counts. Even a modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight is likely to produce health benefits, such as improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars.

If you already try your best on the diet modification and exercise and wonder if there’s medication for weight loss, the answer is yes. Belviq and Contrave are both FDA approved weight loss medications, indicated for people BMI>30 or >27 with High BP, diabetes or high cholesterol. Cost range from $55 to $110 /month based on the insurance coverage. The goal for both of the medications is at least 5% percent body weight loss in 3-month duration. But both of the medication can be used for long-term weight loss.

Are you ready for weight loss? Call us and schedule an appointment today, we would like to talk you more about our weight loss program.

The Answer Is In

The answer is in. 

In a review article in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers noted Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig are the most reliable systems for maximizing the chances for long-term weight loss.  Jenny Craig participants had the best outcomes in their review article.  In one study it was noted, people who used the Jenny Craig program lost more weight after one year than their counterparts who received either diet education or behavioral counseling.  Weight Watchers was endorsed as the most cost-effective option.  The researchers noted, in another set of clinical trials, people who used Weight Watchers dropped 2.6% more weight after one year as compared with people in a control group who received education only.

In my personal experience, Weight Watchers provided me with an effective system to track my food choices and to monitor my progress.  I was able to eat the food of my choosing and it was cost-effective.  Due to the fact I was eating less both in volume and in eating out, I probably saved money overall even with the costs of the program!  I also found that teamwork and having a group for support and for a healthy competition was even better!   Having the team approach took the work out of losing weight and changing my lifestyle and put the fun in!

As you know there are more medication options both over the counter and prescription than ever.  Remember the following:

1.  Medications do not replace a healthy lifestyle and healthy diet choices.
2.  Medications may have side-effects.
3.  Medications can interact together.
4.  Medications need to be medically monitored in most cases.
5.  Medication options should be discussed with your doctor before beginning to take them.

Surgery is also an option for a select group of people.

I would encourage you, if losing weight is a goal you have, to look at these programs.  If you need help, to consider medications, recognizing a healthy lifestyle and diet are the basis for weight loss and long-term weight control.  If you would like to talk to us more about diet or medications, please call us.