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Healthy Heart (Definition)

Heart health is important, especially as we age. To prevent multiple heart conditions including but not limited to high blood pressure, heart attacks, arrhythmias, and congestive heart failure, small changes in daily habits are necessary. These changes can include eating healthy, exercising, managing stress levels, limiting alcohol and tobacco intake, ...Read more


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Low Vit D even though supplementing, unable to lose weight inspite of eating healthy foods/exercising, sky high CRP. Any ideas?

Low Vit D even though supplementing, unable to lose weight inspite of eating healthy foods/exercising, sky high CRP. Any ideas?

Need evaluation: It is not feasible to settle the issue without additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. However, you have identified a major problem, weight. There is not easy way to lose weight. You need to drastically reduce your intake of food. High CRP is an indication of inflammation and obesity itself may be contributing to it. ...Read more

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At what point in time would an anorexic regain her period? BMI at 18.2. Originally weight at 18.7. Is low carb, high fat and protein diet beneficial?

At what point in time would an anorexic regain her period? BMI at 18.2. Originally weight at 18.7. Is low carb, high fat and protein diet beneficial?

BMI 18: I can't answer your question about periods, but a BMI of 18 is normal(18-25) and a low carb, high fat, protein diet perfectly okay. You should be trying to match your caloric need to your calories consumed. For example, if you're 5 feet, 5 inches (165 cm), at 18, your estimated caloric need is roughly 1600 to 1800 calories a day. Aim for that. ...Read more

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Water retention18-24 pounds per month,bloating.I eat healthy (approx.1500 kcal/day) and exercise regularly.Kidneys,liver and heart are o.k.Please help?

Water retention18-24 pounds per month,bloating.I eat healthy (approx.1500 kcal/day) and exercise regularly.Kidneys,liver and heart are o.k.Please help?

Work up of edema: Where do you retain the water? If it is in your legs, then you may have vascular problems. Also despite of normal kidney function, have you been checked for the presence of protein in the urine and do you know your blood Albumin level, protein in the urine and/or low blood Albumin level may cause fluid retention as well. Some medications cause fluid retention such as steroids and contraceptives. ...Read more

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I read that diabetics should avoid fatty foods. Fatty foods have low GI & they satiate me for hours, keeping calorie count low. So why is this bad?

I read that diabetics should avoid fatty foods.  Fatty foods have low GI & they satiate me for hours, keeping calorie count low.  So why is this bad?

Fatty foods: Everyone should avoid fatty foods except for rare occasions. I assume you have type 2 diabetes. For the next week please check your blood sugar at breakfast and just before lunch and the next day check before lunch and before supper. If the blood sugar values are OK don't worry. If they are not please try and find more acceptable food. ...Read more

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Why do healthy people (athletes, vegetarians, etc) who eat nutritious foods and exercise regularly still get heart attacks?

Why do healthy people (athletes, vegetarians, etc) who eat nutritious foods and exercise regularly still get heart attacks?

Multiple causes: Great question! a healthy diet & exercise significantly reduces risk of heart attack but not entirely. Young athletes who die suddenly usually have genetic/congenital causes. There are many genetic factors in heart disease. Inflammation, heavy metals & other environmental toxins, infection & stress are common causative factors. Diet & exercise may not be enough to always counteract these. ...Read more

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Is eating 50 calories of fruits and vegetables easier to burn then 50 calories of junk food?

Is eating 50 calories of fruits and vegetables easier to burn then 50 calories of junk food?

Yes: Absolutely! consider the consequences of your actions before you strap on the feed bag. While it’s okay to indulge at times, you can’t easily out-exercise a big mac. ...Read more

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Started reading why we get fat by gary taubes. Seems unhealthy to eat so much protein. And knowledge about the books content or recommendations of another book about a healthy diet?

Started reading why we get fat by gary taubes. Seems unhealthy to eat so much protein. And knowledge about the books content or recommendations of another book about  a healthy diet?

No one best diet: There is no one best diet for everyone but i share your concern about the excessive protein that low-carb advocates advise. I've written an essay on the pros & cons of various diets including low-carb vs. Low-fat diets at http://drrandybaker.Com/2013/01/20/diet-and-health/ my favorite diet book is eat to live by joel fuhrman md. Also see http://www.Drfuhrman.Com/library/are-you-a-nutritarian.Aspx. ...Read more

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Should COPD patients eat low/ high protein, carbs, fat diets? And why for each ? Also, what nutrients are beneficial to them? Thanks dr.!

Should COPD patients eat low/ high protein, carbs, fat diets? And why for each ?  Also, what nutrients are beneficial to them? Thanks dr.!

Studies have shown..: A high fat, moderate protein, low carbohydrate diet may improve lung function. Fruits and whole grains may also help. As for nutrients, vitamin c, vitamin e, ?-carotene, and selenium intake may be beneficial due to being antioxidants. ...Read more

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Is taking high protein140g/day low carb <150g diet safe?140pd male doing strenuous workouts for health&vanity.

Is taking high protein140g/day low carb <150g diet safe?140pd male doing strenuous workouts for health&vanity.

Unsafe, unwise: I believe most extreme diets are unhealthy and unwise and this is a good example. I advise limiting protein to about 70 grams a day. Higher amounts puts stress on the kidneys, can cause osteoporosis and may reduce longevity- esp. if the main source is animal protein. I believe it's not wise to limit all carbs- but it is wise to limit sugars and starches. See http://tinyurl.com/hqxta7c and comment. ...Read more

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Im 5' 9" 108 pounds and 2.9 percent body fat. Is that healthy?

Im 5' 9" 108 pounds and 2.9 percent body fat. Is that healthy?

Doctor can evaluate: A 5' 9" person who weighs only 108 pounds would look too thin, and actually is very slim. His doctor can evaluate to see if there are any medical issues to worry about, at such a light weight. ...Read more

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Are fat free pringles okay to eat?

Are fat free pringles okay to eat?

Olestra: Fat-free pringles contain Olestra, a fat substitute which in large quantities can lead to abdominal cramps, diarrhea and malabsorption of some vitamins. Taken every once in a while, they are better than regular potato chips, but I wouldn't eat them every day. ...Read more

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I keep putting on weight 18-24 pounds per month,while eating healthy diet and exercising regularly.Kidneys,liver and heart are o.k.Please help.

I keep putting on weight 18-24 pounds per month,while eating healthy diet and exercising regularly.Kidneys,liver and heart are o.k.Please help.

Specifics: Please go do a seven day food and calorie diary and then bring back the specifics to us. There are numerous online tools to do this diary accurately. ...Read more

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I see an emphasis on low carb eating, even from bariatric docs here. Are fruit, yogurt, high fiber cereal not recommended for weight loss?

I see an emphasis on low carb eating, even from bariatric docs here. Are fruit, yogurt, high fiber cereal not recommended for weight loss?

Determine Yourself: Most marketing, advice&products, is only marketing to sell stuff, Not Reality. I disagree with other answers. To figure out what works for you, weigh daily, to 0.01 lbs accuracy, after up & commode, & record. Mentally do a detailed review of specific foods & quantities you ate previous day & Start Seeing What Works vs. What Does Not. LCHF really helps. Study my answers, DietDoctor.com & NuSI.org. ...Read more

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Apart from healthy eating,to gain more nutrition-good idea to make hot chocolate with nutritionally rich cocoa powder,vanilla extract & stevia daily?

Apart from healthy eating,to gain more nutrition-good idea to make hot chocolate with nutritionally rich cocoa powder,vanilla extract & stevia daily?

Sounds good: So good, in fact, that if this is what you want to drink, drink it and don't even worry whether this is our idea of a perfect ideal beverage choice. If you are healthy, just staying physically fit is much more important than obsessing over food choices. I would bet you know this already. Enjoy the chocolate. ...Read more

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I'm on a mainly vegan high carb low fat diet and heard it is unhealthy. i feel better&i'm trying to gain weight/muscle. should i continue this diet?

I'm on a mainly vegan high carb low fat diet and heard it is unhealthy. i feel better&i'm trying to gain weight/muscle. should i continue this diet?

Yes, as long as...: Vegan diets when done properly are very healthy. High carb diets can lead to weight gain but that is what you are aiming for. Not all carbs are created equal. Minimize simple carbs (sugars, starches) and emphasize complex carbs. No need to avoid healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil and nuts. Make sure you are getting enough protein. Supplement with B12 & D. See http://tinyurl.com/l9gtgjw ...Read more

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Is 1, 300 calories enough for a overweight, breastfeeding mom? 232lbs and 5'8. I take a prenatal vitamin everyday and try to eat healthy.

Is 1, 300 calories enough for a overweight, breastfeeding mom? 232lbs and 5'8. I take a prenatal vitamin everyday and try to eat healthy.

Probably not: 1.3k calories is a tiny amount. For a small woman in the low 100's, who is not lactating, 1.3k calories is probably ok, if not a little low, but certainly not for your weight/ height and situation. You'd be best to consult with a nutritionist, and get a good target daily calorie count, and a diet that you like and can adhere to. Something interesting. ...Read more

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