America has an obesity problem. And it seems the rest of the developed world is following suit. A question that many people wonder is whether soda consumption increases the likelihood of weight gain. The short answer is YES.
Soft drink consumption has increased globally from 9.5 gallons per person per year in 1997 to 11.4 gallons per person per year in 2010. Simply a 1% rise in simoft drink consumption contributes to an additional 4.8% overweight adults, 2.3% obese adults, and 0.3% adults with diabetes.1 If this trend of increased consumption of caloric beverages continues, it is clear that these rates will rise drastically.
There is an alarming statistic. Consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSB) in the United States is increasing.2,3 About half of mothers with children age 2 reported that their children drank SSB’s at least one day per week. Moreover, there is a much higher likelihood that children who drink the highest amount of SSB come from low-income families. These families are the same families that likely have limited access to quality healthcare.
So what does this mean for society in general? Well, SSB consumption is increasing and the obesity epidemic is worsening. Insulin resistance is becoming commonplace. Based on the studies outlined above, we can conclude that soda consumption is certainly contributing to this problem. In fact, as mentioned earlier, soda consumption predicts weight gain.
Therefore, if you don’t want to gain weight, don’t drink soda!
Basu S, et al. Relationship of Soft Drink Consumption to Global Overweight, Obesity, and Diabetes: a Cross-National Analysis of 75 Countries. American Journal of Public Health. Nov 2013; Vol 103, No. 11: pp. 2071-2077.
Do you suffer from migraine headaches? Migraine headaches can be debilitating and some people have more headache days than non-headache days. Migraines typically start as a dull ache and progress to a throbbing pain. You may have sensitivity to light or sound with this headache. Some people even get nausea/vomiting with this headache. The headache typically lasts between 4-72 hours and interferes with daily activities.
If you suffer from migraine headache at least 15 days of the month that last at least 4 hours per day, you may be a candidate for treatment with Botox. Yes, I said Botox. Botox is FDA-approved for the treatment of chronic migraine. If you have tried multiple medications that have failed you are likely frustrated with the lack of pain relief. In fact, sometimes taking too much medication can actually worsen your headaches!
Botox is a simple injection technique for the treatment of chronic migraines. It involves injecting the medication into specific sites in the face, head and neck. It relaxes the muscles and relieves the headaches. In patients with 15 headaches per month or more, Botox reduced the headache days by 9 or more.
The best part… Your wrinkles will disappear too! Seriously. Many of the injection sites to treat migraine also happen to be the same sites that we inject when using Botox for cosmetic purposes.
If you have more headache days than non-headache days, consider calling for a Botox consultation today.
Perhaps you noticed the recent events in sports. Gary Kubiak collapsed at halftime during the Texans recent game. Rocky, the Denver Nuggets mascot, passed out as he was being lowered to the court at the start of the game. These events certainly make me think of my own health. First and foremost, routine care with a primary care physician is vital. They will perform a health physical and routine lab work and EKG to check for metabolic and rhythm abnormalities. Advanced testing can also be performed, but will only be positive if structural abnormalities already exist.
If only a test existed to warn us of problems that may be looming. Well, here it is… it’s called EndoPAT. EndoPAT is a non-invasive diagnostic test that diagnoses endothelial dysfunction. Endothelial dysfunction is the EARLIEST marker of something going wrong with the vascular system. The endothelium is the largest organ in the body. It is the inner lining of all our arteries and veins. Long before a plaque forms that physically blocks or occludes the artery, functional abnormalities occur. With poor dietary and lifestyle choices, these functional abnormalities lead to stiffening of the blood vessels. This can now be tested for with EndoPAT in a non-invasive way! These changes are REVERSIBLE! So before you have a major event such as the ones seen over the weekend, get your functional test done and know your risk!
The test is offered at both our NJ and PA offices.
Certainly you have all heard about gluten-free diets by now. Why is this all the rage? Why is avoidance of gluten helping so many people battle various problems from digestive issues to allergic symptoms? Theoretically it comes down to the proteins gluten and gliadin. These are proteins found in wheat. So what’s the big deal with these proteins found in wheat you ask? Well, certain individuals form antibodies to these proteins which essentially attack the gut lining. This is called Celiac Disease. This is the most severe form of gluten intolerance and it literally represents an autoimmune process. Autoimmune issues are some of the most difficult problems to treat and often involve heavy duty drugs that basically suppress the immune system (not good for fighting infections and overall health). If these people eat gluten, they will have serious problems. The gut lining is only one cell layer thick! That means it is very sensitive to the many insults it faces daily. The standard American diet is already a nasty insult. Add an autoimmune process on top of that and you have chaos!
But what about people who test negative for Celiac Disease but still have intolerance to gluten? These individuals often exhibit the same symptoms as those people with Celiac Disease but they don’t form antibodies to these proteins. That means the body is not attacking itself like the autoimmune process of Celiac Disease, but harmful inflammation occurs which irritates the gut lining in much the same way. How do you know you have this intolerance? One way is simply to avoid gluten and see whether this eliminates your symptoms. A more sophisticated way is to come to our office and have this tested with a food sensitivity test. It’s a simple blood test and will show exactly what foods your individual body is intolerant to. Simple!
There are patients I have seen that have tested negative for Celiac Disease and negative for intolerance to gluten but they still say to me that their symptoms get better when avoiding gluten. Why would this be? Almost always it’s because of another intolerance. The beauty of the food sensitivity test is that we also test for various chemicals and food additives. I’ve seen many intolerances to glyphosate in these individuals. What the heck is glyphosate you ask? Well, it’s in most of the food you eat. It’s a chemical and you may even be familiar with it. You probably spray it on a lot of the weeds in your back yard. It’s called Round Up. That’s right. You are all ingesting Round Up when you eat many foods including most of the wheat that is available to us. This makes sense now, doesn’t it? These patients are not intolerant to the food, but rather they are now intolerant to the chemicals that are sprayed on the food as pesticides. It’s sprayed on so many things that sensitivities develop. Amazing and disturbing!
If you have any symptoms of gluten intolerance including gastrointestinal upset, gas, bloating, diarrhea, cramping, etc, please consider getting tested. Don’t stop with a simple Celiac panel. Get tested for food and chemical intolerances as well. We offer this testing and it’s covered by most insurances. Simply call to schedule an appointment to discuss your issues and get on a path to wellness today!