Keep Your Kidneys Happy and Healthy

Your kidneys are almost certainly underappreciated, and they might be overworked, too. First of all, you should probably know what these small-ish fist-sized organs do for you. They keep you alive by filtering waste and impurities from your blood (the waste is stored in your bladder until you excrete it in your urine). They also…

Polypharmacy: A Growing Problem with Free Patient Handout

A new report has confirmed what many people already know – older adults are taking way too much medication. A study published in April 2016 in JAMA Internal Medicine exposed the fact that 38.5% of adults with an average age of 71 take at least five prescription medications. A total of 67.1% take five or…

Gout and Diet

You probably know someone who “has the gout” as I’ve heard it said dozens of times. If you have gout, you have a painful form of arthritis that develops when uric acid in the blood crystallizes, and these crystals then infiltrate and surround the joints. Uric acid is usually transported by the blood to the…

Breathe Easy – COPD and Diet

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the umbrella term for emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory asthma. These conditions result in stiffening, inflammation, and airway damage, limiting airflow and making breathing much more difficult. Symptoms include shortness of breath, frequent coughing, excessive phlegm production, wheezing, and tightness in the chest. COPD is one of those diseases…

20 Little-Known Facts About Diabetes

Diabetes – so many misconceptions, so little time! This complicated health problem is made even more challenging to understand because it often travels with friends – kidney disease, heart disease, neuropathy, etc. How many of the facts below did you already know? By sharing what we learn, we can help others to avoid common complications…

Ten Questions About Alcohol

While much ado has been made recently about adults in their twenties and thirties adopting mindful drinking philosophies or giving alcohol up completely, recent figures estimate that 17.6 million Americans, or one in twelve people, struggle with alcohol abuse disorder. Among nutrition-related topics, the subject of alcohol is one of the most confusing for many…

So, About Your Endothelium…

Can we talk about your endothelium for a minute? Don’t be shy – we all have one! The endothelium is simply (or not so simply) the tissue that lines your blood vessels, heart, and lymphatic vessels. It is sensitive and easily damaged by high cholesterol or homocysteine (an amino acid that is strongly linked to…

America Runs on Donuts, and That’s a Bad Thing

Do you know how much sugar you’ve consumed today? If you’re an average American, it’s likely in the ballpark of 420 calories worth – 28 teaspoons! The recommendation is no more than 100 calories/6 teaspoons for women and 150 calories/9 teaspoons for men. Consider that a single piece of Black-Out Cake from The Cheesecake Factory…

The Link Between Lifestyle and Kidney Disease

One in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Some of the risk factors are out of your control, but there are several that you can do something about: Not Controllable: family history of kidney failure; being age 60 or older; being African American/Black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific…

This Dietitian Loves Her Coffee: Here’s Why

  I’ve gotten a lot of comments from surprised people when they see that I’m drinking coffee because they falsely believe that it’s a “bad” habit.  It’s true that caffeine is an addictive stimulant and it’s also true that it has been linked to some pretty adverse health problems, including recurrent migraines, anxiety, insomnia, GERD,…