Monthly Archives: June 2011

Is “MyPlate” on your table?

At the beginning of June, a new nutrition initiative was introduced with a simple, consumer-friendly image called MyPlate.  MyPlate is a symbol that looks like a dinner plate.  The plate is divided into four sections (see image below).  Two of … Continue reading

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A Caution about Diabetes Social-Networking Sites

The internet has become a popular source for diabetics seeking medical advice and support.  But, it’s important to be cautious about the information and advice that online social-networking communities may offer.  A recent study reviewed the top 10 social-networking communities … Continue reading

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Worried about your weight? Then, take a look at your waist…

As a Registered Dietitian, I start out most nutrition counseling sessions questioning my clients about their weight history.  I’ve had many clients report that their weight has been the same since college, but then when I ask if their WAIST … Continue reading

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What’s Really In Your Vitamins?

  If you have ever wondered what’s the best brand of vitamin or whether the more expensive ones are any better then here is a website you need to know about. ConsumerLab.com is an independent testing laboratory that analyzes what … Continue reading

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Olive Oil May Lower Stroke Risk

A new study published this week in the journal Neurology shows that high consumption of Olive Oil may decrease the risk of strokes in older people. Strokes are the third most common cause of death in the US, after heart … Continue reading

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FDA Announces New Sunscreen Labeling Rules

If you believe the marketing hype, slathering on a layer of sunscreen will protect your skin from sun damage and the risk of skin cancer.  In fact, many tanning products may actually end up increasing your risk of skin cancer … Continue reading

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Study Showing Weight Loss Surgery Doesn’t Extend Life May Be Flawed

A study to be published in this week’s issue of JAMA reports that men undergoing gastric bypass surgery for severe obesity had no improvement in survival over 7 years of follow up.   The study is already making headlines on major … Continue reading

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