Health Watch: Eat breakfast and lose weight

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, women who ate breakfast regularly tended to eat fewer calories overall during the day. A healthy breakfast fuels the body and replenishes blood sugar levels to rev up metabolism for maximum calorie burn from morning until night.

A few tips for quick, tasty morning meals:

- Make a large container of oatmeal to last for the week and store it in the refrigerator. Each morning, reheat the oatmeal and flavor it with your favorite fresh fruit or fruit spread for a finished breakfast in minutes.

- Always leave a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter, so you never walk out the door hungry even if you're in a rush.

- You can never buy too much yogurt. Try a variety of flavors for a quick, calcium-pick me-up.

-- ARA Content

New treatment filters bad cholesterol out of blood

Diet and lifestyle changes, combined with medication, can lower the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with high levels of so-called “bad cholesterol.”

HELP (Heparin-induced Extracorporeal Lipoprotein Precipitation) filters LDL cholesterol out of the blood. The therapy reduces LDL cholesterol levels by at least 50 percent, although repeat treatments are necessary.

The HELP system is designed primarily for people with inherited genetic defects that cause their LDL levels to be extremely high, and when drug treatment and lifestyle changes are not effective.

-- Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Health Tip

If you are looking for a family doctor, try talking to your friends and family. Once you have the names of a few doctors, call their offices to get more information. Some things that you should ask include:

- Do they accept your insurance?

- What are the office hours?

- What hospital does the doctor use?

- How many doctors are in the practice?

Once you find a doctor who meets your needs, schedule an appointment so that you can meet and talk to him or her. During the appointment, make sure:

- You're comfortable talking to the doctor.

- The doctor answers all your questions.

- The doctor explains things so that you can understand.

- You had enough time to ask all your questions.

-- American Academy of Family Physicians

Number to Know: 80

Percentage of Americans who said in a September survey that the economy is a significant source of stress. This is up from 66 percent in April.

-- American Psychological Association

Children’s Health

There is no evidence probiotics can relieve the symptoms of eczema, but there is some evidence that they may occasionally cause infections and gut problems.

The findings come at a time when use of probiotics to treat eczema is increasing. Eczema is an itchy skin condition especially common in children.

Researchers looked at 12 studies that together involved 781 children diagnosed with eczema. These studies compared severity of the disease in children given live bacteria to severity in those given a placebo. The researchers found that probiotics provided no significant health improvement.

-- The Cochrane Library

Senior Health

An online survey for World Arthritis Day, completed by more than 3,600 people, revealed that access to psychological support and self-management courses could help people with arthritis cope more effectively with their condition and achieve better quality of life.

Health-care professionals, people with rheumatic disease and their caregivers highlight the importance of integrating psychological support into the standard treatment regime.

Ninety seven percent of people with rheumatism/arthritis and their caregivers indicated that this condition affects them/people they care for emotionally. Despite of the scale of the problem, only 35 percent said they raise these emotional concerns with their doctor.

-- European League Against Rheumatism

Flu Shot Guide

Flu shot season is quickly approaching, and the vaccine is becoming available. Over the next few weeks, we’ll provide all you need to know about the flu vaccine.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends certain people should get vaccinated each year:

- Children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday.

- Pregnant women.

- People 50 years of age and older.

- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.

- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including health care workers, household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu, and household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated).

Next week: Who should not be vaccinated.

-- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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