Kellie Blake RDN, LD, IFNCP, CMHIMP

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Brandi Sentz CDE, MA, RDN, LD

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     November is National Diabetes Month and with one-third of Americans having diabetes or pre-diabetes, we've got some work to do.  Diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to many complications including blindness, amputation, kidney failure, dementia, stroke, heart disease and death.  We've been under the impression that diabetes is just something you will automatically develop if you have a genetic pre-disposition and that once you develop diabetes, you'll be on medication for the rest of your life.  The truth is this:  most cases of type 2 diabetes are completely avoidable and even if you already have type 2 diabetes, chances are it's reversible with personalized lifestyle and nutrition-related changes.  [Type 1 diabetes is caused by an autoimmune process and is a different story, but lifestyle and nutrition still remain very important in its treatment].

     Type 2 diabetes prevention and reversal requires change, which is hard....

     That sounds like a strange thing, dying healthy.   Perhaps, it sounds so strange because we’ve all been sold this idea that we will inevitably age, develop chronic disease and die unhealthy.   Or perhaps we have seen our own family members age and have poor quality of life in their later years.  I personally saw my grandparents pass away, in their 80’s, in poor states of health.    I had a grandmother die from Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer, another pass away from gastric cancer, and my grandfather died of rheumatoid arthritis, depression and malnutrition.  All of my grandparents were energetic and healthy earlier in life, but they all suffered and died unhealthy.   It was painful to watch them  develop these diseases and lose their quality of life.  At the time, I just thought this was their predetermined destiny.   We now know that all of these things and many more are largely preventable and reversible with lifestyle.  Of course, there are genetic variations that make us...

     

March is National Nutrition Month and this year the theme is “Eat Right. Live Right. Feel Right.”  That really sums it up for me.  The foods we put into our bodies affect the way we feel physically and psychologically.  Do you notice that you feel sleepy after eating?  Do you get bloated, feel nauseous, or have heartburn?  Do your joints ache?  Do you get headaches frequently?  What about sinus infections?  Do you suffer from fatigue, depression, anxiety, or brain fog?  How about stubborn belly fat?  All of these symptoms are likely related to food. 

     What’s the good news?  You have control over how you feel every day, just with the food choices you make.  Sure, it can be difficult to make lifestyle changes, especially when it comes to the food you eat.  But, there are other far more difficult challenges that you’ve overcome in life.  Changing your food habits is no different than stopping smoking, earning an advanced...

     

     

     Did you know the eyes generally give us the first warning signs of impending disease in the body?  An eye exam is a simple task, but often times we put our eye health on the back burner.  And, we especially ignore our eye health if we have normal vision.  But, people who don’t require glasses or contacts need to visit their eye care professional regularly too. 

     Routine eye exams can help detect the early stages of diseases like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and even cancer.  Now, a new study tells us that the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease may be found in the eyes as well!  Researchers at the Duke Eye Center wanted to know if the microvasculature of the eye differed between healthy controls, those with cognitive impairment and those with Alzheimer’s disease.  They studied 39 Alzheimer’s patients, 37 patients with mild cognitive impairment, and 127 healthy controls....

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