People who struggle with obesity may also face another concern: malnutrition. A small study by researchers at Johns Hopkins found that 20 percent of patients preparing to have weight loss surgery had multiple nutritional deficiencies. The findings are significant because addressing any nutritional deficiencies before surgery could help patients avoid malnutrition after surgery. “Our results […]
Bariatric surgery not only helps people lose weight but it also improves or resolves other medical problems associated with obesity such as type 2 diabetes. To have the best success with weight loss surgery, it’s important for patients to pay careful attention to how and what they eat following their procedure. It takes a commitment […]
If you’re thinking of adding vitamins and supplements to your health maintenance routine in the new year, you may be better off improving your diet instead. A recent panel of experts concluded that taking pills containing vitamins and minerals may not actually do much to improve your health. A group of experts known as the […]
Every eight minutes, a young child goes to the emergency room for medicine poisoning, a new report shows. It happens about 67,000 times a year, representing a 30-percent increase over the past decade. “Ask any parent, and they will tell you they store medicine where children can’t get them,” said Kate Carr, President and CEO […]
Children who have low blood levels of vitamin D may cut their risk of respiratory infections by taking a daily supplement, an international research team has found. In a report to be published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers say vitamin D plays a much larger role than growing strong bones; it also affects the immune […]
Here’s some news that will likely send many older women to the vitamin section. A new study has found that older women who don’t get enough vitamin D tend to gain about two pounds a year. The study, funding by the National Institutes of Health and published in the Journal of Women’s Health, focused on […]
Taking folic acid helps prevent major birth defects but women should start taking this B vitamin at least one month before trying to conceive. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 400 mcg of folic acid daily. Many women either take a multivitamin to meet this guideline or eat a bowl of breakfast cereal […]
Women can reduce their baby’s risk for autism by taking prenatal vitamins three months before conception and through the first month of pregnancy, according to new research published in the journal Epidemiology. Women of childbearing age should always consult their doctor for advice on taking vitamins.
Vitamin deficiency can be life-threatening. Anemia. Weak bones. Poor skeletal development. These are all symptoms of vitamin and mineral deficiency. That’s why so many people begin their day with a multivitamin at breakfast. But just as problematic as not getting enough nutrients daily, is to take too many. Watch those energy bars, supplements and cereals […]
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