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There are so many people who have diabetes now, chances are you know several people who are diabetic. The good news is that diabetes is preventable and can even be reversed!
Do you have cravings for sugar and are always tempted by sugary or starchy foods? Did you know that sugar addiction is quite similar to drug addiction? In a study, mice were given a choice of sugar or cocaine and the mice actually preferred the sugar over the cocaine. There are also people who binge and have eating disorders who have been successfully treated with opioid antagonists - drugs used to treat drug addiction!
Craving Sugary Food?
So many of us have cravings for sweet food (and salty food as well). Cravings can be physiological and/or psychological. One of the physiological reasons for cravings is that we have developed such a high tolerance for certain tastes that we don’t know what it’s like to have our palates cleansed. Most of the prepared or processed food we consume is overwhelmingly sweet and/or salty. One thing you can do is to lower your threshold for these tastes gradually. If you have cravings for sugar, try going without sugary snacks (and sweet food in general) for several weeks and then try them again. You will notice that when you do have something sweet after all that time has passed that it is sickeningly sweet, so much so that you would probably spit out that food ...Read more
How's Your Blood Sugar?
It’s time for your annual exam and you are thinking that you should get your cholesterol, weight, and blood pressure checked or perhaps you just want to see how you are doing overall. Let’s face it – there are a million things that we tend to worry about when we see our doctor for our annual exam. You may be asking yourself if you’re going to get a clean bill of health or maybe you’re wondering if your condition has improved or if all those medications you are taking are paying off. You might have multiple medical problems that are complicated or some of you are fairly healthy or some of you are let’s face it…so-so. In addition to the other crucial lab tests that you get with your annual exam, what is becoming more routine now is the HgA1C test (also known as glycosylated hemoglobin). What is this weird lab test that looks like a string of letters and numbers? ...Read more
I'm happy to announce that Dr. Margaret Apostol, a family physician at Ohio State University Medical Center, will be contributing her valuable insight through articles and will also be available to answer questions you may have. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that spring is here, it's a great time to go visit local farms and farmers' markets to get your produce. Get some sun, get your fresh veggies and maybe meet other health conscious individuals! See the Food Directories to locate a farm or farmers' market near you.
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