Archive | May, 2011

Day 105 April 16, 2011

Your IPhone can now help you lose weight

There is an app called MealSnap that gives you an idea of the calories and nutrition breakdown of your meal based on a photo. You take a picture of your meal on the plate with your iPhone and the app figures it out for you. It’s like a food journal but food journals though effective, can be challenging. You have to remember to keep it with you at all times and to write everything you eat in it. DailyBurn created the app. The CEO Andy Smith says,“The database can quickly help identity the food, how many calories there are, proteins, fat, carbs, vitamins, whatever you may want to know.”

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Day 104 April 15, 2011

Do you know what a fatty liver is and how it can kill you if you have it???

Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH is a common, often “silent” liver disease. It resembles alcoholic liver disease, but occurs in people who drink little or no alcohol. Both NASH and NAFLD are becoming more common, possibly because of the greater number of Americans with obesity. In the past 10 years, the rate of obesity has doubled in adults and tripled in children.

The major feature in NASH is fat in the liver, along with inflammation and damage. Most people with NASH feel well and are not aware that they have a liver problem. Nevertheless, NASH can be severe and can lead to cirrhosis, in which the liver is permanently damaged and scarred and no longer able to work properly.

NASH affects 2 to 5 percent of Americans. An additional 10 to 20 percent of Americans have fat in their liver, but no inflammation or liver damage, a condition called “fatty liver.” Although having fat in the liver is not normal, by itself it probably causes little harm or permanent damage. If fat is suspected based on blood test results or scans of the liver, this problem is called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). If a liver biopsy is performed in this case, it will show that some people have NASH while others have simple fatty liver.

Both NASH and NAFLD are becoming more common, possibly because of the greater number of Americans with obesity. In the past 10 years, the rate of obesity has doubled in adults and tripled in children. Obesity also contributes to diabetes and high blood cholesterol, which can further complicate the health of someone with NASH. Diabetes and high blood cholesterol are also becoming more common among Americans.

Source: http://www.digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/nash/

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Day 103 April 14,2011

Alcoholism Greater After Gastric Bypass

There is a higher rate of inpatient treatment for alcoholism after gastric bypass surgery. According to a 2011 report by Magdalena Plecka Östlund, MD, from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden (published in Digestive Disease Week 2011) alcohol is better absorbed into the blood after gastric bypass surgery. It is important to understand that in addition to limiting their food intake after surgery, alcohol should also be limited.

John Morton, MD, director of bariatric surgery at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, California, elaborated: “We have done studies on alcohol metabolism and it is remarkable to see what a single glass of wine will do. People become legally intoxicated quickly, and there are physiologic reasons for this. You lose first-pass metabolism and the alcohol goes directly into the intestine, which is lined with villi that absorb alcohol extremely well,” he explained.

Source: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/742434

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