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Blount Memorial Health Column

  • Keep exercise simple Published 11/18/2010 at 10:33 a.m. 0 comments

    Years ago, while I was taking a Western Civilization test, I learned a valuable lesson. The question was, “What ultimately caused the fall of the Roman Empire?” I remember writing three-and-a-half pages on that question and thinking I had nailed ...

  • Get your recommended daily fiber dose Published 11/10/2010 at 2:30 p.m. 0 comments

    Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that is found in the plant foods that we eat. It moves through our body without being digested, providing the bulk that we need to prevent constipation and contributing to overall good colon health. ...

  • Learning to share: Group meetings offer good support Published 11/4/2010 at 10:56 a.m. 0 comments

    Do you attend your local diabetes or weight loss surgery support group meetings? Blount Memorial Hospital’s Weight Management Center facilitates both the weight loss surgery and diabetes support group meetings. The groups are an excellent place to give and receive ...

  • Strategies from successful losers Published 10/27/2010 at 3:48 p.m. 0 comments

    Losing weight is difficult. But, it isn’t impossible. Losing weight and successfully maintaining weight loss can be done. The National Weight Control Registry was established in 1994 to identify and study the characteristics of people who have lost weight and ...

  • Expand your knowledge of diabetes Published 10/20/2010 at 1:12 p.m. 0 comments

    Nearly every person has a family member or friend who has been affected by diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. An additional 57 million Americans have ...

  • The truth about sweet treats and Halloween Published 10/14/2010 at 3:10 p.m. 0 comments

    Halloween is in the air. Retail stores have their shelves stocked full of candy corn, tootsie rolls and bite-sized candy bars. These treats are part of the Halloween fun, but they don’t have to ruin our attempts to lose weight ...

  • Fall in love with fall’s fresh harvest Published 10/6/2010 at 4:28 p.m. 0 comments

    The joy of fall is in the air. From festivals and hearty dishes to cooler weather, it makes outdoor activities enjoyable. Fall also is the time of year to enjoy local produce like pumpkins, winter and butternut squash, a variety ...

  • Lose stubborn fat with bodybuilding techniques Published 9/30/2010 at 10:53 a.m. 0 comments

    At some point every week, someone asks me, “What can I do to get rid of this?” That question often is accompanied with someone showing me the problem area. My answer is typically that you have to make significant lifestyle ...

  • Lifestyle changes important after weight loss surgery Published 9/22/2010 at 3:35 p.m. 0 comments

    The American Diabetes Association (ADA) estimated that nearly 24 million Americans had diabetes, including 5.7 million people who had not yet been diagnosed in 2007. And 2009 ADA Guidelines recommend bariatric surgery be considered for adults with a body mass ...

  • Diabetics: Have you scheduled your flu shot? Published 9/15/2010 at 3:36 p.m. 0 comments

    With flu season around the corner, patients with diabetes need to obtain their yearly flu vaccine. Individuals with diabetes are more susceptible to infection; therefore, it is vital that they obtain yearly flu shots as a preventive measure. The flu, ...

  • Making sense of diabetes medications - part II Published 9/9/2010 at 12:19 p.m. 0 comments

    Diet and exercise can be used to control blood sugar levels, but when this is not enough, medication is needed. Both oral and injectable medications are available to treat diabetes, and it's important to know which one(s) are right for ...

  • Making sense of diabetes medications - part I Published 9/1/2010 at 4:27 p.m. 0 comments

    When diet and exercise alone are not enough to control blood sugar levels, medication is needed. There are many diabetes medications available to treat diabetes; so, how do you know which one(s) are right for you? Your doctor will determine ...

  • Are artificial sweeteners a safe sugar alternative? Published 8/25/2010 at 3:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Sugar - we want it, we love it and we crave it. But as most of us know, extra sugar leads to extra calories, which could lead to extra weight gain. Eating too much sugar not only affects your weight, ...

  • Well-balanced meal is fuel for learning Published 8/18/2010 at 11:46 a.m. 0 comments

    Whether you are packing your child’s lunch or giving him or her money for a cafeteria meal, remember that a well-balanced meal will help keep your child’s brain and body healthy. Components of a well-balanced meal include grains, fruits, vegetables, ...

  • Diabetes is the leading cause of adult blindness Published 8/11/2010 at 2:44 p.m. 0 comments

    If you have diabetes, are you aware that you are at risk for vision loss? Every day in America, 55 people lose their eyesight from diabetes, and diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among adults ages 20 to 74. ...

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