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6 Post-Thanksgiving Tips for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season

I hope you enjoyed a bountiful and magnificent feast yesterday and ate until you couldn’t hold another bite! I hope you were surrounded by people you love and who love you back. I hope there was more laughter than tears, more comfort than stress, and more to be thankful for than you thought there would be going into the holiday.

So, the winter holidays are now upon us. I have a few suggestions for you to digest along with your Thanksgiving dinner. I want you to have a healthy plan for the days and weeks ahead.

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Shocking Statistics about Weight in America

Using statistics gathered by the federal government’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, researchers recently published predictions about future trends in weight in the journal Obesity. Using past trends they calculated where our collective weight is heading. This really is shocking - if current trends continue for the next 40 years the same way they have for the last 30 years:

100% of the American population will be overweight or obese in 2048.

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Exercise Trumps “Fat” Genes New Study Reports

A study published in The Archives of Internal Medicine this month found that physical activity is more powerful than “fat” genes in determining whether a person becomes overweight or not. Read on to see how you can shape yourself for a healthier future.

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Smoking: No More Butts about It – It is Time to Quit!

If you don’t smoke or use tobacco you are excused from this post and I will see you next week. Now, those of you who do smoke or use tobbacco - listen up. I know how hard it is to quit. I was a smoker myself - and not some wussy, Pollyanna type smoker - I was a hard core, two pack a day smoker. From the time my best friend Connie and I got caught smoking in the third grade until I quit at age 23 I was HOOKED! If you smoke, I know you would like to quit. And you can. I want to help, so please read on.

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How to Control High Cholesterol

With so much written in the popular press about high cholesterol and so many TV commercials selling cholesterol lowering medications, I am always surprised by how little my patients know about it. Here’s a little primer on high cholesterol to put you in the know.

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Blood Pressure Meds Don’t Work - Unless You Take Them

High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because it has no symptoms. I have patients who swear they know when their blood pressure is high, but I remain skeptical. More often than not when I take a BP that’s elevated, the person has no idea and “feels just fine”. I have seen patients in the emergency room with alarming, stroke-range BPs who hadn’t a clue their blood pressure was high. If you are on blood pressure medication - or wonder if you should be - please read this post.

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Tim Russert and Metabolic Syndrome

Tim Russert’s sudden and untimely death should have been preventable. All the risks that contributed to his death were controllable, except his inherited risk. We will never know if he might have avoided his premature death had he taken better care of the controllable risks earlier. But it would have given him a better shot – and the same goes for you.

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Weight by Numbers or How to Tip the Bathroom Scale in Your Favor

If you are struggling to lose weight, you are not alone. Of all the complaints I hear in my practice, frustration about how to successfully lose weight is absolutely at the top of the list! I warn you, what I am about to show you is not easy - but it is real. So if you are ready to get real about your weight and about learning what it takes to lose weight successfully - read this post.

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