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What is Metabolic Syndrome and Why Does it Matter?

October 7, 2020

If you've had an exceptionally hard time losing weight, have yo-yo'ed on the scale, and/or have a combination of elevated waist circumference, abnormal blood cholesterol, blood pressure, or sugars, you could have Metabolic Syndrome.  Individuals with Metabolic Syndrome are not only at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, but also at higher risk of complications of COVID-19.  WATCH

Why I Won't Worry About Your BMI

September 1, 2020

BMI, or Body Mass Index, is the most commonly used

measure to identify people whose health is at risk from excess weight.

But despite its near-universal use by medical practices and hospitals, BMI can be one of the most misleading measurements when it comes to health risks. How is this poss‚Äčible?

Beach Time in the Pandemic?

July 31, 2020

Summer is in full swing, and for many of us, a beach trip is a family tradition. Plus, being outdoors is a great way to add movement to our life, and the ocean provides a much-needed, soul-soothing backdrop.  But how should we proceed in these uncertain times? Read More

In Unprecedented Times, Why The Conversation About Metabolic Health Matters Even More

June 12, 2020

In dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic plus all the USA is experiencing in confronting racism and injustice head-on, our nutrition may seem like an irrelevant or meaningless topic.  I was grateful to share my thoughts in an interview by Cindy Bubniak, the VP of Customer Experience at Ideal Protein.  We delved into the multiple pandemics we face as a nation, how best to support patient care, and why addressing weight-related health concerns is even more critical now.  Link to my interview

What I Think About Remdesivir

May 5, 2020

We are in a frantic race towards drug development to treat the SARS-CoV-19, otherwise known as the novel Coronavirus - as we should be.  You may have seen Remdesivir touted in the media as the golden ticket we have all been waiting for.  As much as we are all hoping for a Tamiflu-like agent, I don't think we are quite there yet

The often-quoted JAMA research had some giant flaws, including a very small sample size and lack of statistical significance.  But what is most important to understand overall is that drug development takes a tremendous amount of time. 

The median amount of time needed to develop a new antiviral drug from the lab to clinical use is 6.4 YEARS.  Over that amount of time, I'd argue that pretty much all of us will have been infected with the Coronavirus, and a number of us will be facing the possibility of severe disease and death. 

Don't get me wrong - we need research going forward, full speed ahead.  In the meantime, we must accept that we'll be fighting this virus head-on for the better part of the next decade.  This means we've got to make ourselves as strong as possible.  Excess weight and its associated conditions seem to be a giant risk factor for severe disease even amount the young.  So we can't afford to wait over 6 years!  Fortifying our metabolic health now makes the most amount of sense to give us all the best possible chances.

Coronavirus Stress Is A Thing

March 4, 2020

With all the media news about COVID-19, there's an awful lot of uncertainty going around, which leads to a whole lot of anxiety.  In fact, COVID-19 and anxiety do have some symptoms in common such as shortness of breath - it can be hard to tell the difference!

While it's important to be informed and proactive, unnecessary stress over COVID-19's potential impact can have health consequences- including interference with your weight loss journey.  Stress less by staying informed on the facts on what to do to protect yourself, including important hand sanitizer info.    MORE

Heart Health:  Not Just A Men's Issue

February 5, 2020

February is Women's Heart Month!  You might be surprised to know that more women diet annually of heart disease than breast cancer.  Also, unlike men fewer women survive their first heart attack.  Optimizing weight is critical to lowering your chance of heart disease.  MORE

How to survive Cold and Flu Season

December 18, 2019

It's the most wonderful time of the year - which means many of us will unfortunately catch Upper Respiratory Tract infections.  But these don't have to blow your commitment to staying low-carb.  Read how HERE

The Bitter Truth About Sugar

December 10, 2019

Blood sugar is tightly regulated in the body.  If you are healthy, only around 1 teaspoon/day circulates in our blood.  Believe it or not, if you get to 1.25 teaspoons, that's diabetes-level blood sugar!  What happens when that  delicate balance in the body goes haywire?  Read more HERE

When Snoring Isn't Just A Lot Of Noise

December 7, 2019

Snoring is not just something annoying to your partner - it can be a sign of serious medical disease.  Read all about snoring including causes and solutions, HERE. 

Water Pills:  A Quick Fix For Weight Loss?

November 7, 2019

Those over-the-counter pills at our Honolulu pharmacies may seem tempting as a quick way to drop 5-7 pounds over a weekend, especially if you are trying to fit into that old dress or suit for your upcoming meeting.  Do they work?  Are they worth it?  Read more HERE

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