Exercise prescribed to help control diabetes!

By:  Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

Exercise as a prescription?  This is a common question.  What is the best kind of exercise for patients with Type II diabetes?  A new study suggests that a variety may be the best when trying to control this disease.  We have always known that people with Type II diabetes can benefit from exercise.  Now, new research examines exactly what type of exercise is the most beneficial to improve blood sugar levels over time.

In a study that appears this week in JAMA, The Journal for the American Medical Association, an exercise regimen that combines aerobic exercise and resistance training produced the best results.  Researchers from  the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and co-authors conducted a randomized controlled trial of 262 sedentary individual with Type II diabetes who had hemoglobin A1C levels of 6.5% or higher.  One group walked, another lifted weights, a third combined both of these activities, and a control group maintained just normal activity.  The combination group lost the most body fat at almost six pounds.   They did not lose any lean muscle, which is important because muscle is critical for helping control blood sugar levels in individuals with diabetes.  An added bonus, participants were able to reduce the amount of medications they were taking.  Participants completed the nine month program exercising 140 minutes per week, which researchers say reinforces the governments 2008 physicial activity guidelines.  The encouraging news here is that you can do something about your diabetes, something that you will actually enjoy but can also good for your health!!

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Men: struggling to achieve a FLAT stomach?

Scenario:  You work out every day and you seem to see results everywhere EXCEPT your stomach.

Well, losing your mid section can be very difficult especially as you get older. This is because men especially tend to store fat there first.  All the abdominal exercises in the world won’t give you a six pack if you don’t lose that layer of fat.  You could do a thousand crunches a day and it just wouldn’t matter.

When it comes to weight loss, exercise is just one part of the equation.  Diet is critical. You have to make sure you’re eating the correct amount of calories and cutting back on saturated fat. If you need help with your diet, a consultation with a nutritionist or dietician may be worthwhile.

Allergic to kissing?

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By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of the Academy

Something to think about before you lean in for your New Years kiss…  New research suggests that kissing can cause strong allergic reactions in some people.  That is if you kiss someone who has eaten something you are allergic to.  Brushing your teeth isn’t enough to clear away the allergen.  It seems that your kissing partners saliva still contains the allergen after food or medicine has been absorbed by their body.  So, if you must have that kiss with a person susceptible to allergies, experts suggest rinsing your mouth thoroughly and waiting 16-24 hours before you can safely enjoy that kiss.

Does turkey make you sleepy?

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

Is it true that eating turkey can make you sleepy?  An essential amino acid tryptophan is found in turkey and it has been shown to have a sleep inducing affect, but that’s not why you’re tired after your Thanksgiving feast.  Tryptophan actually needs to be taken on an empty stomach and without any other amino acids or protein in order to make you drowsy…not exactly the case on Thanksgiving Day.

Instead, consider this…it takes a lot of energy to digest a big meal, especially when you overeat.  When your stomach is full, blood is directed away from other organ systems, including your nervous system so you can digest all those fats and carbohydrates, like that third helping of mashed potatoes and gravy!  Oh, and don’t forget the alcohol; that’s a known central nervous system depressant.

The Academy wishes you all a Happy & Healthy Thanksgiving!!

Creating healthy eating habits for your little one

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

Do you have a fussy eater or a child not interested in eating?  Worried that he/she might not be getting enough nutrition?  The good news is this is common.  Many kids go through stages where they become finicky eaters.  Fortunately, this generally passes on its own.  If your child is growing healthy and active, I’m betting they’re getting nutrition from somewhere. But, it may not be the right kind.

Make sure your child is not snacking on any junk that’s around the house.  Snacking throughout the day can make your child less hungry at dinnertime.  Try getting them involved in preparing meals…if they make it, they’re more likely to eat it.  Also, try to keep them on some kind of schedule.   Mealtimes should be routine; everyone should sit together and eat together, with no distractions or toys.  And, a big no-no, do not offer food like dessert as a reward.

Circumcision – genital mutilation?

In San Francisco there is a new proposal to ban circumcision.  Calling the procedure “genital mutilation”, the author of the new proposal wants to make it a misdemeanor to circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the genitals of anyone under 18.  As you would imagine, this is causing a great deal of debate whether the procedure is medically necessary.  The Center for Disease Control is still studying the issue and is expected to make recommendations to the public.

Can you catch a cold from your dog?

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-owner of The Academy

Now this may sound a little weird, but can you catch a cold from your dog?  The answer is no.  You cannot catch a cold from your dog and your dog can

not catch a cold from you.  The colds that dogs get are different than the kind that people get, although the symptoms may be the same.  Most illnesses that dogs get are not transmitted to humans but there are some exceptions.  Pets can cause illnesses.  These so called zoonotic infections can be in the form of viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites.  For example, dogs can give you rabies.  Parrots can transmit psitaccosis.   Cats…toxoplasmosis.  And turtles…salmonella.