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Many women, and even some doctors, are basing fears of estrogen therapy (ET) on outdated research and are underutilizing estrogen when its safely indicated to ease menopausal symptoms in women in their 40s, 50s and possibly 60s, says Bruce Carr, MD, director of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, speaking at the 26thAnnual Meeting of American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists on May 3, 2017, in Austin, Texas. There is a mistaken belief that ET for these age groups causes an increase in breast cancer risk and heart disease, though that has been disproven. I believe estrogen is grossly underused in healthy women who have the indications for it, Dr. Carr says. When it comes to vasomotor symptoms (night sweats, hot flushes) urogenital symptoms (such as burning, itching and painful intercourse), and the prevention of osteoporosis, theres no other drug as potent as estrogen, says Dr. Carr.

Other experts in the field agree. Women are suffering unnecessarily from the negative impact of hot-flushes on their day-to-day lives when many of them could safely and effectively be treated with hormone therapy, Kristen A. Matteson, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and a spokesperson for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). (ET is also referred to as hormone therapy, aka HT, when progestin is added to lower a womans risk of uterine cancer.)

Why arent more women with menopausal symptoms offered ET or willing to consider it when its suggested by their doctor? Because of an older study that has been found flawed, but which is still embedded in the thinking: In 2002, the Womens Health Initiative (WHI)1found a slight increase in breast cancer risk, as well as an increased risk of heart disease, blood clots, and stroke for women on ET. Upon its publication, millions of women and their doctors concluded that ET for menopausal symptoms was not worth the risk. Studies have suggested that systemic hormone therapy has decreased by about 80% over the past 15 years since the results of the Womens Health Initiative were first published, Dr. Matteson tells EndocrineWeb.com.

In the years since the WHI was first published, however, the vast majority of doctors view the results as skewed because it included an older set of women (the average age was 63), patients who were more than a decade past the average age of menopause and when there is rarely an indication for using ET to ease menopausal symptoms. (ET in women older than 70 does slightly increase the risk of breast cancer.) [In addition, the WHI wasnt really designed to look at breast cancer. The WHI was designed to determine the benefits and risks of hormone therapy when used by post-menopausal women for the prevention of chronic disease, focusing on cardiovascular outcomes, says Dr. Matteson.]

More recent research, including results from the Nurses Health Study, have found that there is no increased risk of breast cancer in women under age 70 taking estrogen alone and only a slight increase in risk (1.24) for women on combination estrogen-progestin therapy under age 70, says Dr. Carr. The increased risk of BC for women under 70 is equal to the risk incurred from being overweight or having started your period before age 12, he says.

Starting ET in a womans 40s or 50s can actually improve her health and mortality as she ages. Theres a window of opportunity to lower heart disease risk if you start women on estrogen therapy in her 50s, says Carr.

Indeed, a 2013 analysis in the British Medical Journal2 showed that estrogen avoidance of women in their 50s whod undergone a hysterectomy contributed to an increased risk in death, attributable in part to the cardiovascular disease that progresses in younger women when estrogen is absent. We know from a number of animal studies and some human studies that before a woman develops atherosclerosis, estrogen can help prevent the development of atherosclerotic plaque, says David Archer, MD, director of the clinical research center, department of obstetrics and gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, adding that once the plaque process has started, however, estrogen could hasten the process (which may account for the increased risk of heart disease in women in their 60s and 70s in the WHI trial).

In addition, research has also found that HT may be linked to decrease in the risk of Alzheimers and colorectal cancer in women using hormone therapy (HT), says Dr. Carr. However, at this time, experts do not recommend putting women on ET or HT simply as primary prevention for chronic disease such as cardiac disease, osteoporosis or Alzheimers in the absence of menopausal symptoms.

While the data is clear that ET is safe and effective for healthy women in their 40s and 50s, women in their 60s should take an individualized approach. The North American Menopause Society recommends that at age 60, patients discuss all their risks with their doctor, acknowledging that around 42% of women continue to have symptoms that impair sleep and health between ages 60 and 65 3 The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) does not include age-based recommendations for or against ET or HT in their practice guidelines, stating that systemic hormone therapy, with estrogen alone or in combination with progestin, is the most effective therapy for vasomotor symptoms related to menopause. They recommend that the lowest dose of HT be used for the shortest amount of time to reduce symptoms, and that regardless of age, HT be individualized. Dr. Archer says doctors should also consider the beneficial role of estrogen on bone density when considering whether to place a woman on ET for menopausal symptoms.

Women who should not take ET for menopausal symptoms at any age, says Dr. Matteson, include those with porphyria cutane tarda (a rare enzyme deficiency that affects iron production) and should generally not be used by women with current, past or suspected breast cancer; undiagnosed genital bleeding; untreated pre-cancer changed of the uterus; previous or current venous thromboembolism; active or recent arterial thromboembolic disease (angina, myocardial infarction); untreated high blood pressures; or active liver disease.

As for breast cancer risk, Dr. Archer says, If women are truly concerned about their risk for breast cancer and heart disease, the best thing they can do is to lose weight, exercise, reduce alcohol intake to less than two drinks/day, regardless of hormone therapy status.

Financial disclosures: Dr. Archer is a consultant for Agile Therapeuts, AbbVei, TherapeuticsMD, Exceltis, Allergan.

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May 15th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

Alice Dixson is the epitome of the modern woman — someone who can juggle her responsibilities as an actress, without compromising her personal health and fitness.

At 47, Alice continues to rock in daring dresses and bikinis. When asked what’s the best exercise for working women like herself, Alice said 20 minutes can actually go a long way.

“You find a way to work it in like before you go to work. Best time is before you shower and get ready for work, because when you get home from work in the evening, youre gonna be too tired,” she elaborates.

Alice adds that she also uses honey as sweetener instead of sugar. She also consumes more fiber than carbs, which is one of the major causes of weight gain.

“I substitute rice with vegetables and salads so instead of lots of carb-heavy food I substitute it with fiber like vegetables,” she added.

Thanks to regular workouts, a healthy diet, and a dose of Kilo Off, Alice can make the most out of her beach trips this summer.

Kilo Off is a weight loss system from France with all-natural active ingredients. According to Alice, Kilo Off has been a beneficial ingredient in her fitness plan, as it serves as a “a natural appetite suppressant” that also helps her maintain good metabolism.

“Kilo Off helps me with certain cravings like if I need to lose weight for a photo shoot or I have a target of a certain weight for a fitness goal, I would take it daily and then my cravings will go away,” Alice notes.

Apart from helping her lose weight, Alice says Kilo Off also helped her become “fashionably fit,” keeping her in excellent shape despite her age. In fact, she testifies that Kilo Off allowed her to have a flatter tummy, curb her appetite, and lose weight — all at the same time.

“But you always have to take Kilo Off like its not a miracle plan, you have to do your exercise, eat properly,” Alice emphasized.

Available in four variants, Kilo Off promises to help you safely lose weight.

Choose from a wide variety of products: revitalizing powder drink, energizing capsule or a refreshing natural juice, and start your weight loss journey today.

Powder drink

Kilo Off powder drink is a flavored powder juice meant to supplement your diet and workout, and provide a 4-in-1 slimming action (burn fat, reduce cravings, drain water and toxins, keep a flat stomach). Just mix the powder in water, stir, and drink!

Capsule

Aimed at slimming you down by providing a 24-hour fat-burning effect, the capsule version is more focused on burning fat. Its a convenient product for people on-the-go! Just pop 1- 2 capsules before lunch and dinner.

Liquid Drink Slimming

This purple, blackcurrant-flavored drink helps to burn fat and drain water, and is perfect to drink for rapid detox after excessive eating or sudden weight gain. A bottle cap-full is perfect to drink as is or mixed with water.

Liquid Drink Flat Stomach

This orange fruity drink contains fiber that aids in digestion and helps to relieve a swollen stomach. It is perfect for those with a bloated tummy and indigestion issues. A bottle cap-full is perfect to drink as is or mixed with water.

You can even mix and match products to come up with your own weight-loss program, depending on your weight loss objectives. Just remember to space out your intake during the day and take only a maximum of 2 products per treatment period.

Kilo Off is manufactured by Laboratories Vitarmonyl in France, a leading health supplements manufacturer. It is BFAD-approved, and possesses natural ingredients not used in similar weight loss supplements to ensure a healthier route to weight loss.

It is exclusively available in selected Watsons branches nationwide. To learn more about this product, check out http://www.kilooffph.com or follow their Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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May 14th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely
Weight Loss Surgeon in Dallas Explains the Necessity of Thorough Pre- and Post-Surgical Care Services
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May 12th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

CHICAGO A new, nonsurgical weight-loss procedure which involves inserting a tube down a patient’s throat and suturing the stomach is safe and effective, a new study finds.

During the procedure, which is called endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, doctors insert a long tube down a patient’s esophagus to the stomach. Then, they sew “pleats” into the stomach, which makes it resemble an accordion.

The procedure reduces the volume of the stomach, so that patients feel fuller faster and therefore eat less, said lead study author Dr. Reem Sharaiha, an assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. Sharaiha presented her findings here today (May 6) at Digestive Disease Week, a scientific meeting focused on digestive diseases.

Because the procedure is “endoscopic,” and thus does not involve cutting through the abdomen, the procedure is not considered surgical.

The new procedure could be a good option for people who are obese, meaning they have a BMI of 30 or higher, who either cannot undergo weight-loss surgery due to medical conditions or do not want to have surgery, Sharaiha said during a news conference in advance of her presentation. The procedure is not intended to replace other weight-loss surgery options, but rather to offer an additional, “safe and reliable, cost-effective” option, she said.

In the study, which has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal, Sharaiha and her co-authors compared the endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty to two options for weight loss that do involve surgery: laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and laparoscopic banding.

Both of those operations involve making small incisions in a person’s abdomen to allow surgeons to reach the stomach. During a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, surgeons cut away a large portion of the stomach, making the organ smaller and sleeve-shaped. During a laparoscopic banding operation, surgeons wrap a band around the upper portion of the stomach (rather than cutting the organ), so that only a smaller section of the stomach is left to carry out its functions.

The new study examined 91 patients who underwent the endoscopic procedure, 120 patients who had laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and 67 patients who had a laparoscopic banding operation, Sharaiha said during the press conference.

One year later, the researchers found that the patients who had the endoscopic procedure had lost, on average, nearly 18 percent of their body weight, while laparoscopic sleeve patients lost an average of nearly 30 percent of their body weight and laparoscopic banding patients lost an average of more than 14 percent of their body weight.

The endoscopic sleeve patients lost less weight than the laparoscopic sleeve patients but had a much lower rate of complications : 1 percent compared with 10 percent, Sharaiha said. In addition, endoscopic sleeve patients were able to leave the hospital the same day of the procedure, she said. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy patients in the hospital for about three days, on average, after the operation, and laparoscopic banding patients stayed in the hospital for a day and half, on average, after the operation.

The endoscopic procedure also cost less than the laparoscopic sleeve procedure, according to the study. The endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty cost, on average, $12,000, while the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy cost $22,000 on average. The laparoscopic banding operation cost $15,000 on average.

Sharaiha noted that most the patients who underwent the endoscopic procedure had to pay out of pocket, while insurance usually covered the other operations. It’s possible that this affected the results, as previous studies have shown that people are more adherent to weight-loss guidelines if the individuals need to pay for the procedures themselves, Sharaiha added.

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May 12th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

One common reason to exercise in the spring of each year is to get ready for swimsuit season. This article talks about exercising and swimsuit season.

I read an article recently that talked about swimsuit season and defined a bikini-ready body as simply a body that could physically put a bikini on that body, regardless of size and shape. There is a lot of pressure to be perfect by the standards that women set for themselves. This article also showed many pictures of women in bikinis, and some of them were pregnant, had stretch marks from previous pregnancies or showed women of average to above-average weight.

So, is it worth the trouble to exercise if you dont end up with the perfect bikini body?

Research has confirmed that any amount of exercise, at any age, is beneficial. And, in general, the more you do, the greater the benefits. The National Academy of Sciences has recommended that everyone strive for a total of an hour per day of physical activity. Sounds like a lot, but the hour can be made up of several shorter bursts of activity (it can be walking, gardening, even heavy housecleaning) done throughout the day.

Walking, lifting weights, doing chores its all good. Regardless of what you do, regular exercise and physical activity is the path to health and well-being. Exercise burns fat, builds muscle, lowers cholesterol, eases stress and anxiety and lets us sleep restfully.

Another important part of health and that perfect body is eating for health. To lose weight, most people need to reduce the number of calories they get from food and beverages (energy in) and increase their physical activity (energy out).

For a weight loss of 1 to 1 1/2 pounds per week, daily intake should be reduced by 500 to 750 calories. In general:

Eating plans that contain 1,200 to 1,500 calories each day will help most women lose weight safely.

Eating plans that contain 1,500 to 1,800 calories each day are suitable for men and for women who weigh more or exercise regularly.

Very low calorie diets of fewer than 800 calories per day should not be used unless you are being monitored by your doctor.

So, I am still wondering if I do all the appropriate exercise and diet plans, will I have that perfect bikini body? That is where genetics and general body build come into play and results will always vary. However, in general your health will always be better with exercise and a healthy diet regardless of the size of your swimsuit or other clothing.

Have a happy and healthy summer.

Sources: Web MD, Women on the Web and National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

Marcia Grant is a wellness coordinator, personal trainer and fitness instructor at Columbus Family YMCA.

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May 9th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

What is it?

Estrin-D is an herbal menopause product aimed at helping women lose weight as they go through this transitional period in life. Estrin-D claims to increase users resting metabolic rate and boost energy with regular use.

Estrin-D is made from a blend of herbs and caffeine sources, which work to increase metabolism, preventing the weight gain that often comes with menopause. The makers of this product also claim this product reduces caloric intake, as well as increases physical stamina.

Weve found that Femmetrinol is the best product on todays market for helping users address the full scope of changes that come with menopause. Click here to learn how Femmetrinol can help you take on hot flashes, mood swings and night sweats, naturally.

According to a product label posted on the Walgreens webpage, Estrin-D contains a long list of ingredients, most of which contain caffeine. Weve omitted some of the vitamins added to the formula, but have provided a look into the key ingredients that make up Estrin-D.

Damiana: A shrub found in Mexico and South America, damiana is used to stimulate sex drive and function with use.

Green Tea Extract: Taken to improve mood, thinking and concentration, green tea extract is also thought to aid in weight loss, as well as ward off the growth of cancerous cells and tumors.

Yerba Mate: Yerba mate is most commonly found as a tea, but it may also be used medicinally to fight fatigue, improve mood and relieve constipation.

Caffeine: A chemical substance found in coffee and tea, caffeine is used to help people stay alert and awake and in some cases, stimulate the metabolism to enable weight loss.

Kola Nut Seed Extract: Kola nut is used in a number of African countries to counteract fatigue, depression and promote weight loss.

DHEA: A steroid hormone found naturally in the body, people take DHEA to improve sex drive and increase capacity for muscle building. This hormone is the precursor to both testosterone and estrogen and may help users achieve hormonal balance.

Rhodiola Crenulata: This plant is used to help users increase energy and shorten recovery times after a long workout, as well as for its potential to enhance immune system function with use.

Schizandra: A plant often classified as an adaptogen, schizandra is used to help improve energy and physical fitness, treat PMS and night sweats and improve sexual drive and function.

Chinese Skullcap Root: Used frequently in traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese skullcap is often used to treat colds, liver problems, ADHD and more, and may even have an anti-inflammatory effect.

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EDITORS TIP: Combine this supplement with a proven menopause pill such as Femmetrinol for better results.

Estrin-D does contain some ingredients we likedamiana, maca and green tea extract, for example. Though many of these ingredients amount to giving users a lot of caffeine, rather than working to soothe the symptoms of menopause.

In fact, theres little here that seems to directly have an effect on the typical range of symptoms associated with menopause, and were a bit confused why this product is marketed exclusively toward menopausal women to begin with. Its clearly just a diet pill.

Our main concern in looking at the full list of ingredients is, that while many people safely ingest caffeine on a regular basis, this may cause some discomfort in women with menopause, as things like high levels of caffeine, as well as alcohol and spicy foods may exacerbate severe hot flashes and night sweats.

Additionally, many menopausal women report having trouble sleeping due to hot flashes and night sweats. This product likely will keep users awake to a greater extent than if they were to simply not take any type of supplement.

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Estrin-D is sold on the official product website for $79.99 for two bottle containing 90-capsules and $127.99 for four bottles of the same amount.

Users can also find this product for sale from Walgreens and some lesser-known e-commerce channels like the Live Healthy Store and Lambda Beauty. The Walgreens site currently offers this product at $29.99 per 90-count container.

Amazon also carries this product, but its only available from third-party sellers and not eligible for Prime shipping.

Regarding price, this product seems like its priced a little high for what amounts to a caffeine pill, and there are no studies backing the claims presented. Users are likely better off avoiding this product and talking to their doctor about a viable weight loss solution if theyre experiencing weight gain during menopause.

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Estrin-D is made by a company called Covaxil Laboratories, and their contact information is listed below:

Phone: 800-351-9882

The Estrin-D website features a lot of aspirational web copy, marketing this product as the first diet pill for real women and promising to help said women lose 10-15 pounds in a matter of days, as well as increase energy levels day or night.

This product is presented with a number of claims (youll look younger, have more energy, etc.), but no science to back up whether this formula is effective or even safe. There is no information regarding the ingredients used in the supplement (we found a label on the Walgreens site instead) just baseless promises.

We were unable to find much information about the company that makes this product, Covaxil Laboratories, but they make a few other stimulant supplements designed to help users lose weight through a combination of herbal ingredients and caffeine.

Based on the ingredient list and the way this supplement is presented; we do not recommend this product to users suffering from menopause.

The reviews we found Estrin-D suggested this product was simply a caffeine pill. There were no reports that we saw that suggested this product has any special formulation making it any more effective for menopausal women than anyone else, and many people mentioned feeling ill after use. Heres a look at what users thought of Estrin-D:

Ive been using this product for a month and have yet to see any results at all. Im not losing weight and Im still having hot flashes, what a rip off.

This product does help me feel more energized, but its likely due to the caffeine. Ive yet to see any results in terms of treating my hot flashes or mood swings and I havent lost much weight at all.

This product gave me the shakes. If the only way to lose weight is to be overly caffeinated, Ill just stay fat. This seems like it could be dangerous.

This pill is the worst. Im in menopause, but Im in good health. Started taking this for weight loss and felt jittery and nauseated all day. Really hated it.

Estrin-D seems to be most effective in giving users the shakes, nausea or other symptoms typical with being caffeinated.

There were no reports that we found that suggested this product has any effect on menopausal symptoms, and it doesnt seem particularly effective in stimulating weight loss either.

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Upon reviewing the Estrin-D formulation, the company that makes this product, as well as the reviews we came across online from people who have tried this product, we do not suggest trying this to combat weight gain brought on by menopause.

Some of the ingredients included in this blend do indeed have some key nutritional benefits, but they are outweighed by the high caffeine content, which is not the best idea for women suffering from menopause.

Estrin-D seems like it may have some negative results for users who thought they were getting a product designed to help boost their metabolism as they go through a series of physical changes during menopause.

Based on the above information, we do not recommend that users take Estrin-D. It clearly does not offer any benefits that uniquely effect women in menopause. If you are experiencing an unwanted increase in weight, its wise to talk to your doctor about possible solutions that may help safely boost metabolism.

In looking over the sheer volume of products targeting women currently dealing with menopause, weve found that Femmetrinol best brings a sense of balance with use, offering users relief from hot flashes, mood swings and night sweats.

Femmetrinol is carefully manufactured according to strict quality assurance practices. Consumers can be sure they are getting a safe and effective product in every bottle. Click here to learn more about how Femmetrinol can make you feel like youve regained control over your body.

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May 9th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

Verify: Is tequila good for you?

Dana Thiede, KARE 10:33 AM. CDT May 08, 2017

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. – Friday marks Cinco de Mayo, a day set aside to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.

Ok, let’s be honest…for many it’s more about firing up the blenderand making a fabulous tequila cocktail.

In recent days, we’ve noticed posts and videos popping up on social media touting the medicinal benefits of the clear liquor, saying it helps you sleep, lose weight, and can even cure a common cold. Question is, are those claims true, or a hearty shot of hyperbole?

We decided to find out as part of a new initiative KARE11 is launching called Verify. We will examine stories or claims that are buzzing on social or the mainstream media, and try to verify whether that story is true, false, or perhaps a little bit of both.

To answer the question “Is tequila good for you?” KARE11’s Cory Hepola talked to two expert sources: Simeon Phelps, Beverage Director for the popular Nico’s Taco and Tequila Bar in Minneapolis as well asAllina Health Dietician Elizabeth Vander Laan.

Phelps brought up agave, a cactus varietal that is the main ingredient in tequila. Some experts tout its ability to replace sugars, aiding in weight loss. Agave’s anti-inflammatoryand immune-boosting properties have also been cited, and the website sheknows.com claims the Aztecs used agave syrup to treat wounds because of its antibacterial properties. Three years ago, the American Chemical Society did report that a sweetener created from the agave plant could help certain people with diabetes lose weight.

So if tequila is made of agave it has to be good for you, right? Not so much, said Vander Laan.

“There’s not even that type of sugar left in it because it’s fermented out,” Vander Laan said, talking about the process of distilling agave into tequila.

Does it really help you sleep?

“It’s a depressant, so it might help you actually get to sleep, but I’m not sure it’s that restful sleep,” asserted Vander Haan. The National Sleep Foundation agrees, saying alcohol interrupts your circadian rhythm, blocks REM sleep and can aggravate breathing problems.

How about weight loss? “An ounce and a half of hard alcohol is about 80 calories,” says Vander Haan, not even mentioning the sweet, caloric stuff tequila is frequently mixed with.

And that whole dead about curing colds? “They used to use it back in the 30’s, back when you could order all sorts of crazy things for the Sears catalog, right? No, there’s no evidence to support that,” Vander Haan insisted.

At this point, we can safely say KARE 11 has verified that tequila is NOT good for you, despite some of the claims you may have seen on social media. Vander Laandoes say that moderate alcohol use of any variety may have some positive heart benefits for some, but alcohol is also hard on your liver, increases the risk of certain cancers, and can be addictive.

If you’re going to drink tequila this Cinco de Mayo, Vander Haan says to do it in moderation, and if you’re not a tequila drinker…. don’t start swilling it for your health.

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Elizabeth Vander Haan, Dietician, Allina Health Systems

Simeon Phelps, Beverage Director,Nico’s Taco and Tequila Bar

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May 8th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

Verify: Is tequila good for you?

Dana Thiede, KARE 7:21 PM. CDT May 06, 2017

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In recent days, we’ve noticed posts and videos popping up on social media touting the medicinal benefits of the clear liquor, saying it helps you sleep, lose weight, and can even cure a common cold. Question is, are those claims true, or a hearty shot of hyperbole?

To answer the question “Is tequila good for you?” KARE11’s Cory Hepola talked to two expert sources: Simeon Phelps, Beverage Director for the popular Nico’s Taco and Tequila Bar in Minneapolis as well asAllina Health Dietician Elizabeth Vander Laan.

Phelps brought up agave, a cactus varietal that is the main ingredient in tequila. Some experts tout its ability to replace sugars, aiding in weight loss. Agave’s anti-inflammatoryand immune-boosting properties have also been cited, and the website sheknows.com claims the Aztecs used agave syrup to treat wounds because of its antibacterial properties. Three years ago, the American Chemical Society did report that a sweetener created from the agave plant could help certain people with diabetes lose weight.

So if tequila is made of agave it has to be good for you, right? Not so much, said Vander Laan.

“There’s not even that type of sugar left in it because it’s fermented out,” Vander Laan said, talking about the process of distilling agave into tequila.

Does it really help you sleep?

“It’s a depressant, so it might help you actually get to sleep, but I’m not sure it’s that restful sleep,” asserted Vander Haan. The National Sleep Foundation agrees, saying alcohol interrupts your circadian rhythm, blocks REM sleep and can aggravate breathing problems.

How about weight loss? “An ounce and a half of hard alcohol is about 80 calories,” says Vander Haan, not even mentioning the sweet, caloric stuff tequila is frequently mixed with.

And that whole dead about curing colds? “They used to use it back in the 30’s, back when you could order all sorts of crazy things for the Sears catalog, right? No, there’s no evidence to support that,” Vander Haan insisted.

At this point, we can safely say KARE 11 has verified that tequila is NOT good for you, despite some of the claims you may have seen on social media. Vander Laandoes say that moderate alcohol use of any variety may have some positive heart benefits for some, but alcohol is also hard on your liver, increases the risk of certain cancers, and can be addictive.

If you’re going to drink tequila this Cinco de Mayo, Vander Haan says to do it in moderation, and if you’re not a tequila drinker…. don’t start swilling it for your health.

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Elizabeth Vander Haan, Dietician, Allina Health Systems

Simeon Phelps, Beverage Director,Nico’s Taco and Tequila Bar

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May 7th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

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May 6th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

The world’s fattest woman is moving countries after falling out with her doctors in India over her treatment.

Eman Ahmed Abdulati, who weighs 79 stone, is making the perilous journey in a specially adapted plane and is heading for Abu Dhabi in the Middle East.

Doctors in India are refusing to continue treating the half-tonne woman, saying they have fitted a gastric band and now she needs to continue the work on her own at home.

An army of medical experts from Burjeel are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the half-tonne woman who took off late last night.

Eman was discharged from hospital with medics refusing to carry out any further treatment on her following a falling out between Eman’s sister Shaimaa Selim and her treating surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala.

Shaimaa Selim said her sister had deteriorated since the operation at the Saifee Hospital in the city of Mumbai in western India’s Maharashtra state after the pair flew from their home in the Egyptian city of Alexandria to India after surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala offered to help Ms Abdulati lose weight.

He performed bariatric surgery, which involves fitting a gastric band to reduce the size of her stomach and claimed the operation had helped her lose about 39 stone 7 pounds.

But Ms Selim says the hospital does not even have equipment capable of weighing her and she estimates that her sister has lost no more than 9 stone 6 pounds.

The row rumbled on and caused Ms Selim to seek outside help, with medics form Abu Dhabi stepping forward.

Dr Shajir Gaffar, CEO of VPS Healthcare, Dubai and Northern Emirates and Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery where she is due to be treated, made the trip to India himself to accompany the woman on the flight so he could keep an eye on her heart, due to her weight.

Dr Gaffar said: “At present, we have a team of 15 members of multi-disciplinary approach we are providing for the patient.

“We have aviation doctors, paramedics, logistics support, nurses, they are all on ground here, for her safe medical transportation to the airport from Saifee Hospital.

“Inside the flight there will be five experts accompanying her, including doctors, aviation medicine doctor, senior flight paramedic inside the aircraft.”

Eman had previously not left her home in Alexandria, Egypt for 25 years prior to the weight loss trip to India.

Dr Gaffar continued: “Some miscommunication happened between the hospital and patient, and that’s when the patient’s family contacted us.”

Eman is currently being fed a special liquid diet via a feeding tube and cannot speak very well.

This happened when she suffered a stroke in Egypt prior to the surgery.

Sanet said: “She can understand some commands, but she is unable to complete sentences. She’s not able to speak words that people can understand, but she can obey commands.

“We have taken into consideration all the risk factors, during flight, that are going hand in hand with medical evacuation of a patient with altitude pressures, which we have taken into consideration.”

“Regarding her oxygen levels, we will take care of it. We are well equipped to manage any situations that may arise.

“(Our job is to) insure her health status is improved before we discharge her to her home country, and the support for her family as well.

But getting Eman to the hospital safely is the gravest concern for now, say medics.

Dr Gaffar continued: “As of now I would say health and safety is our priority. We are looking at the safe transportation of the patient, to Abu Dhabi, from here.”

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May 6th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely