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Blueberries May Lower Blood Pressure

                                                                                     Posted October 20, 2018

The New York Times reported that people were given the equivalent of one cup of blueberries (in the form of freeze-dries blueberry powder) daily for eight weeks.  These people had a 5% to 6% reduction of their blood pressure.  While this does not turn blueberries into medicine, it certainly lets people eat blueberries with some confidence they are healthy!

https://jandonline.org/article/S2212-2672%2814%2901633-5/abstract



“Why Sleep Matters”

                                                                                            Posted Nov. 13, 2017

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, insufficient sleep has become a national health problem.  Contributing factors include psychological stress, alcohol consumption, smoking, lack of physical activity, and all the electronic devices around us.  The bigger adverse effects of insufficient sleep include a higher mortality rate (that is, we die younger) and lower productivity at work, but include our emotional experiences.   The main difference is between the people who sleep less that 6-hours a night compared to those who sleep more than 7-hours a night.  Also, a European study identified that “better sleep” was predictive of “greater happiness”.  

Of course, If this affects you, please feel free to schedule an office appointment to review which options might be best for you.

“To sleep, or not to sleep.  That is the question!"

references: 

1. https://www.rand.org/randeurope/research/projects/the-value-of-the-sleep-economy.html

2. European Sleep Research Society; J Sleep Res. 2014 Dec;23(6):636-645. doi: 10.1111/jsr.12190. Epub 2014 Jul 31.  PMID:25082413

                                       


"Can changing my diet treat psoriasis?"

                                                           Posted Oct. 28, 2016

From the Mayo Clinic: "Recent studies have found that some people who have psoriasis may also be sensitive to gluten — a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. In these people, avoiding gluten may ease their psoriasis symptoms.

Many patients are interested to see what they can do by themselves to improve their psoriasis symptoms.  Avoiding gluten-containing foods is being shown to have some benefit, but most patients still need prescription medications.  These begin with topical treatments, but there are several systemic medications that frequently give significant improvement.

As winter is approaching, psoriasis symptome frequently get worse.  If this affects you, please feel free to schedule an office appointment to review which options might be best for you.


reference:  http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/psoriasis/expert-answers/psoriasis-diet/faq-20057925


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Medical News Notes:                                  Posted Aug. 8, 2016

I found this to be an important study about high blood pressure.

Recently, a research group in Australia updated their “Guide" to managing high blood pressure (hypertension).  They identified blood pressure higher than 140/90 to represent a “moderate” risk to one’s health, and worthy of treatment.  They reached the conclusion that blood-pressure lowering-therapy is beneficial for this group of patients because it reduces the risks of stroke and cardiovascular death.

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www.PubMed.gov: PMID: 27456450

Citation: Med J Aust. 2016 Jul 18;205(2):85-9.


                                                       


Farmed fish? 

                   Wild fish?               posted Dec. 26, 2014

In the last few years, the fish supply has changed with about half of the fish currently available in your stores being farm raised.  While there is no single answer, the New York Times reports that some stores are telling their suppliers how to deliver high quality fish products.  Do try to remember that fish is an important source of protein (good for strength), does not have the bad forms of cholesterol, and it does have healthy omega oils.

I guess the next step is to find good recipes for preparing fish !!

The link to the recent article in the New York Times:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/ask-well-wild-fish-vs-farmed-fish/?ref=health&_r=0


                                                              


“ Just one soda a day!”


Are you drinking "extra sugar”?                      Posted February 9, 2014

A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control showed that most American adults have more sugar in their diet than is healthy.  This high consumption of sugar increases the risk for diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.  There is a real risk of increased cardiac and stoke death as the sugar intake goes higher.  Most people seem to get the added sugar in sweetened beverages.  There are no formal federal guidelines yet, but patients would be safer to limit their calories consumed as added sugar.

Reference:

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/820172


                                                      


"Quick and easy ways to feel happier"   

Posted January 5, 2014

The online magazine "Canadian Living" recently carried a story about how to get rid of bad moods or feeling blue.  Their 3 main ways to feel happier:

1. Focus on the positive  Are you looking forward to a great activity?  have you just finished a great workout"  it matters less what the source of your happiness is, "so long as you feel it".

2. Give yourself a break  If you are feeling too stress out from an exhausting routine, perhaps you are juggling too many things at once.  Take your mind off your troubles by doing something that will make you smile.  Ideas include going dancing with friends, paying games with your pet, or even treating yourself to a spa treatment.

3. Talk about your problems  Get that problem off your mind!  Find someone you trust, and talk about your frustrations.  It will help you destress, and you will feel happier.

reference: http://www.canadianliving.com/health/mind_and_spirit/quick_and_easy_ways_to_feel_happier.php

   

                                                  

Coffee Increases Bloodflow!

Nov. 21, 2013, a Japonese study was presented at the American Medical Association about a benefit to drinking coffee with caffeine.  Measurements showed a 30% increase in blood flow in small blood vessels with only a slight increase in blood pressure, but no change in heart rate.  The researchers assumed that caffeine may open blood vessels and reduce inflammation.  Of course, they added that further study is needed.  

                                                     


New Guidance Regarding Fried Foods

Nov. 14, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration announced openly that high levels of acrylamide form in some foods during cooking at high temperatures during frying and baking.  Yes, of course, they named some our favorite foods: french fries were the first culprit and then dark toasted bread!  Chemically, it is the "sugar" carbohydrates in the foods that are converted into the acrylamides.  The danger is that acrylamides have been found to cause cancer in animals, and "it is likely to cause cancer in humans as well".

So, we are supposed to avoid fried and baked potatoes, cereals, coffee (!), crackers, breads dried fruits -- anything where the cooking temperature was very high.  

Boiling and steaming foods do not form acrylamides.  The article ends with a reminder to eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products.  Lean meats, poultry, fish, beans are just fine.  They said eggs and nuts are alright, but I would add the egg yolks have cholesterol (some is ok) and the nuts are usually very high in calories.   

                                                     


Electronic Health Records have Arrived!

As of April 29, 2012, our office has been using one of the new computerized systems, Care360 from Quest Laboratories, for organizing your patient information.  This allows us to more easily follow your medications and allergies, as well as keeping track of each of your medical problems.  The system also makes it easier for many patients to have most of their prescriptions sent electronically directly to the pharmacy, laboratory requests sent electronically to the lab, or for records to be sent to other physicians.  

                                                       

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