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Resist regaining weight. Once you stop using shakes for weight loss, there is a risk that you will regain the weight you lost. It is more important than ever that you are careful about what you eat when you cease replacing meals with shakes. Continue to calculate how many calories you need daily and stick to that number. Try not to go back to eating just as you were before using the shakes, as this will lead to weight gain.

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Gelesis Announces Last Patient Out in the Pivotal Gelesis100 Weight-Loss Study – Business Wire (press release)

Posted: July 12, 2017 at 7:52 pm

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gelesis, Inc., a biotechnology company developing a novel category of therapies to safely induce weight loss, improve glycemic control, and treat other chronic diseases related to the gastrointestinal (GI) pathway, is pleased to report today that the last patient has completed treatment in the pivotal GLOW (Gelesis Loss Of Weight) Study. The GLOW study was designed to assess the long-term efficacy and safety of lead product candidate Gelesis100 over a six-month period across a broad patient population. The company has also enrolled its first European patient in the ongoing LIGHT-UP study with its second product candidate, Gelesis200, for weight loss and glycemic control. The study will enroll individuals who are overweight or have obesity and also have prediabetes or metformin-treated type 2 diabetes at more than 30 sites across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Were pleased to have reached these two milestones for Gelesis as we continue to progress our platform technology and expand our pipeline, said Hassan Heshmati MD, Chief Medical Officer of Gelesis. Were also continuing to establish a body of data around our platform technology, as we explore additional GI-related conditions such as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Further investigation of the Gelesis mechanism has led to an international collaboration with leading obesity and nutrition experts and new insights about how people with prediabetes respond to different types of diets, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. We are learning a remarkable amount about the potential positive impact on local inflammation and glycemic parameters through our unique hydrogel system that is at the forefront of mechanobiology, added Elaine Chiquette, Pharm.D., EVP Head of Science, Gelesis. This emerging field at the interface of biology and engineering focuses on how cells sense and respond to mechanical stimuli and is helping us to unlock insights into the gut-brain-inflammation axis.

About Gelesis100 and Gelesis200Gelesis100 is a pivotal-stage product candidate for weight loss and glycemic control, which has demonstrated statistically significant weight loss, reduced hunger, increased satiety and strong safety in previous clinical studies. Gelesis200 is a second product candidate that has been engineered for rapid hydration with significantly higher elasticity to enhance glycemic control and weight loss for patients who have pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. A proof-of-concept clinical study with Gelesis200 (LIGHT-UP) has been initiated for weight loss and glycemic control in people with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. The results from this study are expected mid-2018.

Both Gelesis100 and Gelesis200 are orally administered capsules containing small hydrogel particles made by cross-linking two naturally occurring food ingredients to generate novel compositions that are expected to be safe and well tolerated. Gelesis product candidates are designed to employ multiple mechanisms of action that leverage mechanotransduction along the gastrointestinal (GI) tract to induce weight loss and improve glycemic control. The hydrogel particles swell and shrink in different parts of the GI system, mix homogeneously with food, travel through the GI tract, and once in the large intestines release most of the water, which is reabsorbed by the body. The small hydrogel particles are then safely eliminated by the body in the same manner as food.

To our knowledge, Gelesis novel hydrogels are the only super absorbents made from materials which are considered Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and commonly used in foods. Gelesis also received positive confirmation from the FDA that GLOW is a nonsignificant risk (NSR) device study. Gelesis holds 11 families of patents, several of which have already been allowed or issued in major markets. Most recently, Gelesis received a Notice of Allowance from Japan Patent Office (JPO) on Patent No. 2014-514632 covering composition of matter for Gelesis100.

About GelesisGelesis is developing a novel hydrogel platform to treat obesity and other chronic diseases related to the gastrointestinal (GI) pathway. Gelesis proprietary approach acts mechanically in the GI system to potentially alter the course of chronic diseases safely and effectively. Gelesis is currently evaluating its lead product candidate, Gelesis100, in a pivotal trial for weight loss, which is expected to read out in Q3 2017. Additionally, Gelesis recently initiated a proof-of-concept study for its second candidate, Gelesis200, which is optimized for weight loss and glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes. New hydrogel compositions based on the Gelesis platform are also being explored in preclinical and pilot studies in other GI-related conditions such as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

The Gelesis executive and advisory team includes some of the worlds leading experts in obesity research and clinical development, innovators in material science, and entrepreneurs. Gelesis was co-founded byPureTech Health (PRTC.L), an advanced, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company (

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How to Ramp Up Training and Stay HealthyNo Matter Your Diet – Outside Magazine

Posted: July 12, 2017 at 7:50 pm

Ask an elite athlete how nutrition factors into her performance, and shell likely tell you that its just as important as her training plan. In many cases, she may even call it the most important factor. But the increased effort levels during training can make sticking to your diet tough since even healthy regimens often include eliminating classic performance foodslike lean proteins if youre vegetarianor carbs if youre paleo. If you fall into one of these camps, rest easy. A few small tweaks will give your body what it needs to crank at its full potential. We spoke with two sports dietitians who work with high-performing endurance athletesHeather Mangieri, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Barbara Lewin, sports dietitian for the U.S. Olympic Registryfor the details.

Keto dieters get about 75 to 85 percent of their calories from fat and eat very few carbohydrates (generally fewer than 50 grams a day). Although revered by many endurance athletes, the keto approach to healthful eating can backfire if you arent deliberate about finding your fuel elsewhere, getting adequately diverse nutrient intake, and tracking whether your body is adapting to fat burning.

Emphasize Diversity: You need a lot of vitamins, minerals, and natural antioxidants when youre training. Without a careful approach to keto, you risk micronutrient deficiency, Mangieri says. Make sure youre not eating the same rotation of foods. Instead, rely on easy swaps to ensure youre putting a variety of vitamins and minerals into your body without having to take a supplement.

Monitor Your Performance: Its been the silver bullet for many athletes, but the keto program doesnt have the same impact on every individual, so it remains debated. Many people can run a marathon or do a tri while following the keto rules of thumb, but science shows that increasing intensity typically requires carbohydrates, Lewin says. She recommends keeping a journal to monitor what youre eating and how youre performing in your training. Its key to see if youre falling off pace or exerting more effort to clock in at slower times without necessarily noticing it.

Gluten-free athletes avoid foods that most others consider essential to their training. Thankfully, eating gluten-free is a breeze these days with so many healthy choices, Lewin says. But there are still a few pitfalls to watch for.

Skip the Packaged Foods: A diet packed with gluten-free bread, crackers, and pastas isnt inherently healthy or useful for fueling hard training, since those foods often have added sugar or fat to make them more palatable. Instead, eat naturally gluten-free foods like quinoa and starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes or corn, Mangieri says.

Go for Variety: Gluten-free dieters often eat a lot of rice productsrice bread, rice crackers, rice pastaso they get a limited nutritional panel on repeat. Instead, switch up your alternative-carb products so you get a longer list of macros (and prevent stale taste buds). Try bean-based pastas, buckwheat pancake mixes, or corn tortillas instead of flour.

Plant-based diets have become the darlings of the health world and the hallmark of many exemplary endurance athletes, but its surprisingly easy to eat a very unhealthy diet even when cutting out animal products. Its less about what you arent eating and more about what you are eating, Mangieri says. To really perform your best, you need to be a well-rounded vegan or vegetarian. That means your pantry cant be filled solely with energy bars and protein powder.

Pay Attention to Protein: Get your protein from real plants. There is a lot of amino-rich produce out thereyou just have to be a little more conscious of making sure youre getting enough. It may be worth using a food-tracking app at the start to guarantee that youre getting the recommended 90 grams a day. Besides beans and legumeslauded as plant-based protein sourceschia seeds, wild rice, oatmeal, and even potatoes contain significant amounts of plant protein that can be easily incorporated into your meals throughout the day

Be Mindful of B12: Strict vegans need to be sure theyre getting enough vitamin B12, which is naturally found only in meat and is essential for red blood cell production. Try incorporating fortified cereals or alternative milks a few times a day. If youre really struggling to hit the mark, pop a B12 vitamin daily.

Time Your Fiber Wisely: I recommend that triathletes and runners reduce their fiber for two days prior to their race, eating fewer big salads and the like. This may actually reduce their weight by a few pounds and will reduce GI issues and the chance they have to find a restroom along the way, Lewin says. Thats tough for anyone who abstains from meat, but its important for being race-ready.

Athletes who fuel themselves on this ancestral diet eschew agricultural-era foods such as grains, legumes, dairy, and refined foods while focusing on meat, fish, fruits, and veggies. Its pretty easy to be a paleo athlete as long as you time the carbs you do eat for adequate fueling and recovery.

Enjoy Those Well-Timed Potatoes: The Paleo Diet for Athletes allows high-glycemic carbs like potatoes around your training and racing times to ensure you have adequate glycogen stores for high-intensity efforts and recovery.

Make Your Own Sports Drinks: Commercial sports drinks will be off-limits, but you can make your own from raw honey, sea salt, lemon juice, and water.

Some athletes believe this approach helps them stay lean and fast. There is good research that this pattern of eating can be beneficial. You just need to practice it wisely, Lewin says.

Eat Enough: For athletes, the goal of intermittent fasting isnt to go into starvation mode or to shed pounds quickly. Instead, its meant to increase your strength-to-weight ratio by triggering your body to burn fat stores. When you do eat, you want to make sure you consume enough to maintain muscle mass, restock your glycogen store, and stay fueled.

Time It Right: Schedule your high-intensity sessions close to your last meal so you have fuel on board. Avoid prolonged fasts of more than two to three days just before races so you dont go in with depleted glycogen stores.

Raw-food practitioners, notably professional triathlete Brendan Brazier, fill themselves with foods that havent been cooked, believing that modern cooking deleteriously alters foods nutritional content. The foods you choose and how you prepare them can have a major impact on how well (or not) you do as you train.

Prioritize Protein: Its easy to feel satisfied on uncooked foods yet miss out on getting the protein you need. Raw, less-processed food fills your stomach faster even if it doesnt give you lasting energy. To combat this effect, eat a large variety of nuts, seeds, legumes, and vegetables, rather than just munching on raw crudits and trail mix, to get all your essential amino acids without filling up first.

Think About Fiber: Fiber hits harder with a raw-food diet because your body has to do all the work of digesting it without the help of cooking, which might ordinarily kick-start the breakdown process. A high fiber pre-workout or pre-race meal doesnt sit very well and usually doesnt provide adequate calories, Lewin says. The same is true for recovery. Eating a high-fiber recovery meal means that you miss the window of 20 to 30 minutes after your workout where the body is able to most efficiently restore muscle glycogen levels and rebuild muscle. Juicing some of your foods will help eliminate some of the fiber while still providing nutrition.

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How to stay out of a nursing home and age independently – PBS NewsHour

Posted: July 12, 2017 at 7:50 pm

Specific lifestyle behaviors such as sticking to a Mediterranean-like diet and not smoking may dictate a persons ability to live without a caregiver into their late 80s. Photo by Sondem/via Adobe

Want to stay out of a nursing home in your twilight years? Put down that hot dog.

A new study outlines which aspects of a healthy lifestyle predict independent living late in life. While physical activity and living with someone else can factor into reachingold age, specific behaviors such as sticking to a Mediterranean-like diet and not smoking may dictate a persons ability to live without a caregiver into their late 80s, according to research published Friday in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Experts told NewsHour such guidelines for keeping the elderly mobile are invaluable as the geriatric population continues to grow.

Preserved independence is highly valued by very old individuals, Kristin Franzon, a geriatrician and the studys lead author, told NewsHour via email. In the beginning, her team wanted to know if there was anything people could do to maintain independence as they age, or if dependence is an unavoidable part of getting old.

Her 16-year study at Uppsala University followed a cohort of Swedish men as they became octogenarians. Franzon started her investigation in 2011, but relied on data from the the Uppsala Longitudinal Study of Adult Men (ULSAM) an ongoing project begun in 1970, when its participants were 50 years old.

Approximately 1,100 participants from ULSAM fit the bill for Franzons study, though some chose not to participate or didnt meet the benchmark for independent living at the start. Over the next 16 years, a portion of the men also passed away or dropped out due to severe illness. To qualify as independent, the men had to meet rigorous standards. The men had to be able to bathe, toilet and dress themselves, and walk alone outdoors until the age of 87. They also had to pass a mental state examination, could not be institutionalized or have dementia.

In the end, 369 men completed the final study 276 counted as independent agers, while 93 lived co-dependent lifestyles.

This cohort underwent a series of tests during medical checkups. The men were queried on their physical activity, education level, smoking habits and whether or not they lived alone. When they could make it to the clinic, nurses gave them a full physical, looking at health indicators like height, weight, waist circumference, blood pressure, blood glucose, insulin and cholesterol.

Participants also kept food diaries. Those records were scored based on how well their diets conformed to a modified Mediterranean diet meaning it was adapted for a typical Swede. Typically, a Mediterranean diet emphasizes fish, cereals, polyunsaturated fatty acids, fruits and vegetables. For the Swedes in the study, their diets did not contain a lot of olive oil or nuts, while potatoes counted as a grain.

Out of all this information came three traits associated with independent aging: never having smoked, a waistline under 40 inches and a high adherence to the Mediterranean-like diet.

As far as we know, this is the first study to show an association between high adherence to a Mediterranean-like diet and preserved independence at a very old age, Franzon said. Other traits, including physical activity and cohabitation, are only associated with longevity.

But these lifestyle recommendations may not translate for everyone. Given that the men are of similar age and ethnicity provides consistency, but at the same time, limits how applicable the findings are to a broader population.

The study is also only in men. Women have more difficulty than men with everyday tasks as they get older, said Anne Newman, an epidemiologist at the University of Pittsburgh and former geriatrician who was not involved in the study.

Newman also noted that some participants didnt complete every part of the survey some became too infirm to visit the clinics, for instance so its likely the results are slightly reflective of healthier individuals. Franzon acknowledges this limitation, too. Her teams report notes that its possible the trends they see would be stronger if there had been less bias toward a healthier population.

Even though the study is small, its unique in that it looks at how well seniors are living and not just how long, Newman said. Its also rare and remarkable, she added, for a study to start at a young age and then follow participants over such a long period of time.

As the geriatric population continues to grow,Newman stressed that more work is needed to understandwhat will keep peopleactive.

People are living longer, but not everyone has a family capable of the emotional and economic burdens of caregiving. For some of the elderly, nursing homes mean boredom and neglect, while other seniors view successful aging as maintaining independence.

Frazons research pinpoints the behaviors that might help. So, are you swapping that hot dog for veggies yet?

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Even modest changes to diet could reduce risk of death, study finds – CBS News

Posted: July 12, 2017 at 7:50 pm

With more than one-third of U.S. adults suffering from obesity, it’s no surprise that many Americans would benefit from healthier eatinghabits. Fad diets capitalize on our desire for quick results but usually fail in the long run.

Now new research adds to the evidence that a more moderate approach can make a lasting difference.

A study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that improving the quality of diet over time, even with modest changes, may significantly reduce the risk of premature death.

Improvements to diet included consuming more whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and fish and eating less red and processed meats and sugary beverages.

“Overall, our findings underscore the benefits of healthy eating patterns including the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet. Our study indicates that even modest improvements in diet quality could meaningfully influence mortality risk and conversely, worsening diet quality may increase the risk,” lead author Mercedes Sotos-Prieto, who worked on the study while a postdoctoral fellow in the Harvard Chan School department of nutrition and who is currently an assistant professor of nutrition at Ohio University, said in a statement.

For the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Sotos-Prieto and her team analyzed data on nearly 74,000 adults over a 12-year period. The researchers assessed the participants’ diet using three different scoring methods: the 2010 Alternate Healthy Eating Index, the Alternate Mediterranean Diet score, and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet score. Each model assigns scores to various types of food, with healthier foods receiving higher scores and less healthy foods receiving lower scores.

The results showed that better diet quality over a 12-year period was linked to a reduced risk of death in the subsequent 12 years, no matter which method of scoring was used. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables and fish or n-3 fatty acids appeared to contribute most to an improvement in diet quality.

Specifically, the study showed that a 20-percentile increase in diet-quality scores was associated with an 8 to 17 percent reduction in the risk of death.

That can be achieved, for example, by swapping out just one serving of red or processed meat and replacing it with onedaily serving of nuts or legumes.

In contrast, worsening diet quality was linked to a 6 to 12 percent increase in the risk of death.

Nancy Z. Farrell, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, said the findings reinforce the work she does every day with her patients.

“Registered dietitian nutritionists practice evidence-based science every day in encouraging and educating the public on disease prevention and treatment, and we know that chronic disease increases the cost of health care and drives up insurance premiums,” she told CBS News.

Farrell says everyone can benefit from making smart diet swaps as often as possible.

“Have a ‘meatless Monday’ dinner where you incorporate beans or legumes, such as red beans and quinoa. Or have a veggie pizza night,” she suggests.

When it comes to snacking, avoid high-calorie junk foods like potato chips and opt for a handful of nuts, or make your own trail mix with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.

And if you’re looking for a sweet treat, skip the ice cream and try freezing some fruit instead.

“Blueberries or blackberries offer a refreshing summer snack with a burst of coolness,” Farrell said.

Importantly, experts say it’s crucial to not only incorporate such changes into your diet, but to stick with them over time.

“Our results highlight the long-term health benefits of improving diet quality with an emphasis on overall dietary patterns rather than on individual foods or nutrients,” said Frank Hu, professor and chair of the Harvard Chan School department of nutrition and senior author of the study. “A healthy eating pattern can be adopted according to individuals’ food and cultural preferences and health conditions. There is no one-size-fits-all diet.”

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Aaron Rodgers is getting diet tips from his good friend Tom Brady – The Mercury News

Posted: July 12, 2017 at 7:50 pm

It sounds like Aaron Rodgers is looking for the kind of career longevity enjoyed by his friend and fellow NFL quarterback Tom Brady.

In an interview with People, Rodgers talked about how clean living was a factor in his 13-year career as a star Green Bay Packers quarterback. The interview took place in advance of Wednesday nights ESPY Awards when the former Cal Golden Bears star competes against the San Mateo-born Brady as the best NFL player of 2017.

Rodgers, 33, opened the interview by dishing just a tiny bit about how hes worked to overcome regrets. He may be referring to his breakup this spring from his high-profile, three-year relationship with actress Olivia Munn, or his longtime estrangement from his Chico-based family, including his younger brother Jordan Rodgers, last years winner of The Bachelorette.

You figure it out as you go, you make mistakes, but being open to those older voices in your life, and those mentors, can help you avoid some of the mistakes that we all [likely] made at a young age, he said.

Thats about as specific as Rodgers would get on that score. He was more specific when he talked about the importance of mentorship and friendship in the sport. Thats where Brady comes in.

The New England Patriots quarterback has become the subject of lengthy profiles in recent years and not just because of his on-field accomplishments: as a four-time Super Bowl MVP who has won five Super Bowls as quarterback. Brady is also said to be playing better than ever, even though hes 39 years old in a rough sport that is notoriously hard on players bodies and brains.

As he enters his 19th season, Bradys fierce attention to his own version of clean living has come under scrutiny.

Brady is known to follow an extremely meticulous diet, fitness and overall life-style regimen that covers everything: what he eats, how he works out or spends his vacation days and even how he sleeps, according to a 2014 profile Sports Illustrated. He is known to follow a strict, mostly vegan diet in which he shuns sugar and alcohol most of the time and in a more extreme way eliminates nightshade veggies like potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant that are said to cause inflammation.

Brady also eats seasonally,meaning he eats certain foods in the winter including red meat and mostly raw food in the summer. Earlier this year Brady launched a plant-based meal kit plan,based on his program, with Purple Carrot.

Rodgers said hes taking some of his nutrition cues from Brady, especially as he contemplates how hell continue to play as he approaches his mid-30s, a time when many quarterbacks begin to contemplate retirement.

I dont have a cookbook out yet, Rodgers joked. And I still have to improve in some areas!

One thing he said he hasnt been able to give up are the nightshade veggies. But he says hes working to improve, mainly because he holds Brady in such high esteem.

I think Tom sets a good example, and we have been friends for a long time and talk about a number of things, Rodgers said. He has kind of set the standard for taking care of your body.

The interview didnt go into whether Rodgers is following some of Bradys other life-style choices, such as doing cognitive exercises before bedtime to destimulate his brain and to fall asleep by 9 p.m., as Sports Illustrated explained. Brady also rarely lifts weights and works out instead using resistance bands. Meanwhile, on vacation, his daily routine is still carefully scripted. He works out twice naps according to a schedule, surfs, avoids alcohol and still goes to bed early.

But Rodgers might have other ways of taking care of his most prized asset his body. In early April, shortly after he broke up with Munn, it was reported that he spends a lot time in Los Angeles, getting weekly facials. He had also been working out at the Unbreakable Performance Center, a gym known in West Hollywood for its celebrity clientele.

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Study: Diet not connected to GI problems in children with autism – Medical Xpress

Posted: July 12, 2017 at 7:50 pm

Research led by Brad Ferguson, PhD, has found that diet doesn’t appear to be a factor in gastrointestinal issues in children with autism. Credit: Justin Kelley/MU Health

Many children with autism spectrum disorder experience significant gastrointestinal issues, but the cause of these symptoms is unknown. Professionals in the medical community have suggested a potential link between diet and gastrointestinal issues related to autism. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have found that diet is not a contributing factor in these individuals. The researchers hope the findings could help lead to improved treatment options.

“Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for those with autism to experience constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, abdominal pain and other gastrointestinal issues,” said Brad Ferguson, Ph.D., postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Radiology at the MU School of Medicine and the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. “We sought to find out whether nutritional intake in their individual diets was associated with gastrointestinal issues. Based on our findings, dietary intake does not appear to be the culprit for these issues, and other factors are likely at play.”

A previous study conducted by the research team identified a relationship between increased cortisol response to stress and gastrointestinal symptoms in people with autism spectrum disorder. Cortisol is a hormone released by the body in times of stress, and one of its functions is to prevent the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. In this study, the researchers sought to confirm or rule out dietary intake as a source of gastrointestinal problems.

The team studied 75 individuals between the ages of 5 and 18 who are part of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network who were treated at the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. The individuals’ caregivers completed a questionnaire to assess the children’s gastrointestinal symptoms, as well as a questionnaire on food intake over the past month. The individuals also underwent two stress tests to measure cortisol levels.

“We looked at the reported instances of gastrointestinal issues and compared them with 32 different nutrients found in a standard diet,” Ferguson said. “Contrary to what you may initially think, dietary composition does not appear to be a driving factor between stress response and gastrointestinal function in this sample. More research is needed to better understand the causes of these issues, but an increased reaction to stress does appear to be a contributing factor.”

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Docs Should Counsel Even Healthy People on Diet, Exercise, Experts Say – Bismarck Tribune

Posted: July 12, 2017 at 7:50 pm

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Lifestyle counseling could help protect the long-term heart health of adults who aren’t yet at high risk for heart attack and stroke, a panel of medical experts says.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on Tuesday reaffirmed its 2012 recommendation that doctors consider extra counseling on diet and exercise even among their low-risk patients.

“The Task Force encourages primary care clinicians to talk to their patients about eating healthy and physical activity,” said task force vice chair Susan Curry. If patients are interested and motivated to make lifestyle changes, doctors should offer to refer them to counseling, she said.

Obese people and those who have high blood pressure or cholesterol levels, diabetes, or problems maintaining normal blood sugar levels are at higher risk for heart disease. The USPSTF already advised doctors to offer their high-risk patients intensive behavioral counseling to help prevent heart attack, stroke and other heart-related problems.

This type of counseling involves more than a single conversation during a doctor’s visit. In many cases, patients attend multiple counseling sessions with another health care professional.

In its final recommendation published July 11, the panel concluded that primary care doctors should also consider offering healthy lifestyle behavioral counseling to patients who are at moderate or low risk for heart disease, including those who exercise and have a generally healthy diet.

“This recommendation complements separate task force recommendations for people at increased risk, which recommend behavioral counseling for all high-risk patients,” said Dr. Carol Mangione, a task force member.

The recommendation was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It also appears on the USPSTF website.

Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attacks and strokes, is the leading cause of death in the United States, the panel noted.

See the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more on healthy living.

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