Fresh food prescriptions given to low-income patients to help combat disease

May 9, 2017 by  
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What if instead of prescribing medicine to treat a disease , doctors could prescribe fresh food to help prevent one? Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania is testing their food prescription idea with Fresh Food Pharmacy, a service that currently provides diabetic, food insecure patients with recipes and nutritious fare. It turns out giving away healthy food for free is not only socially beneficial, but could ultimately save the healthcare system a decent amount of money. The Fresh Food Pharmacy brims with whole grains, fresh produce, lean meats and fish, greens, and low-fat dairy products. Patients aren’t just handed food, but provided a one-on-one meeting with a dietitian, recipes , and instructions on how to make nutritious meals. They receive enough food for five days. Related: HUMAN Healthy Vending Machines Fight Childhood Obesity by Offering Healthy Snacks Some people thought handing out free food might rack up a hefty price tag. But diabetes costs are greater than $240 billion a year in the United States. In contrast, Geisinger Health System will pay around $1,000 a year for each diabetes patient in the food pharmacy program. The Geisinger team is tracking hemoglobin A1C levels to help see how much the Fresh Food Pharmacy could save them. CEO David Feinberg estimates each point of decrease in hemoglobin A1C could save them around $8,000, and many of the around 180 patients in the pilot program have seen a drop of three points. America’s health care system today is often termed a disease care system instead; physician Mitesh Patel of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania said, “We wait until people get sick and then spend a lot of resources helping them get better.” But he says the Fresh Food Pharmacy offers social and financial incentives to actually help people make a change in their own health. The Fresh Food Pharmacy has made a huge difference for Type 2 diabetes patient Tom Shicowich. He said he used to stop at Burger King or McDonald’s for dinner, or heat up a frozen meal. Now he cooks meals at home with his girlfriend. He’s lost around 45 pounds. And his A1C level has changed significantly. The threshold for Type 2 diabetes is above 6.5. Shicowich’s A1C level was almost 11 a year ago; today it has plummeted to the high-six range. Via NPR Images via Peyri Herrera on Flickr and Geisinger Health System

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Cutting back sugar in your child’s diet can improve their health dramatically

January 28, 2017 by  
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Last year, a study in the journal Obesity revealed that cutting back on sugar for just 10 days can improve your child’s health. For 10 days, children in the study reduced their sugar intake by 28% without changing anything else in their diet. In just 10 days, diabetes markers, blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides were lowered. The American Heart Association has jumped on that message, recommending that children under 2 not eat any sugar at all and kids above the age of 2 stick to just 2 tablespoons. image via Shutterstock

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Cutting back sugar in your child’s diet can improve their health in just 10 days

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Tonight, while the kiddos are piling up the sugary good stuff, keep in mind this latest research: a new study in the journal Obesity reveals that cutting back on sugar for just 10 days can improve your child’s health. For 10 days, children in the study reduced their sugar intake by 28% without changing anything else in their diet. In just 10 days, diabetes markers, blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides were lowered. READ MORE > image via Shutterstock

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California could have saved 35 billion gallons of water by following Levi’s care recommendations for its jeans

October 31, 2015 by  
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It isn’t news that California is suffering from a dangerous lack of water, but surprising information was revealed this week that shows that Californians could have saved 35 billion gallons of water with one simple step. By following the care instructions for Levi’s, jean-lovers could have saved the state enough water to to keep Disneyland’s 28,000-person cast in water for 9 years. READ MORE > image via Shutterstock

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Michael Moss Investigates How Junk Food is Engineered to Be Addictive

February 22, 2013 by  
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When we consider the field of engineering, the images that come to mind run the gamut from airplanes to bridges to 3D printers . Yet we rarely think about how the processed food we consume has been designed with the same amount of attention and detail as any piece of cutting edge technology. New York Times reporter and author Michael Moss has written a book called Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us detailing how industry titans have affected the collective American waistline. Linking their conscious development of addicting junk food to disease, he delves into how our eating habits are affected by big business and their role in the obesity epidemic. Read the rest of Michael Moss Investigates How Junk Food is Engineered to Be Addictive Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: addictive , american , diabetes , diet , food industry , gout , junk food , michael moss , new york times magazine , obesity , salt sugar fat: how the food giants hooked us , US

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Painless Sugar-Covered Vaccine Bandaid Could Replace Needles, Doesn’t Need Refrigeration

February 12, 2013 by  
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King’s College London has wonderful news for anyone who is frightened of needles . Scientists at the university have developed a disc covered with a painless microneedle array made of sugar that dissolves upon entering the skin. The disc is embedded with a formulated dried live vaccine that is able to generate the same biological immune response as hypodermic vaccinations. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation , the new technology could effectively combat such diseases as malaria, TB, and HIV in developing nations. Read the rest of Painless Sugar-Covered Vaccine Bandaid Could Replace Needles, Doesn’t Need Refrigeration Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bill and melinda fates foundation , diabetes , dr. linda klavinskis , hiv , hypodermic , immunization , king’s college london , malaria , microneedle , sucrose , tb , theraject , US , vaccine

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New Research Links Phthalates to Type 2 Diabetes

April 22, 2012 by  
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Diabetic is doing a glucose – Image from Shutterstock Phthalates are a family of chemicals that are used in plastics, fragrances and a variety of other consumer products. Because they serve as endocrine disruptors, phthalates have some very dangerous properties, but they’ve gone largely unregulated in the US. Now, new research shows that phthalate metabolites may increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes . The study, published in the journal Diabetes Care , links phthalate metabolites to diabetes prevalence and shows that chemical exposure results in distinct markers of insulin secretion and resistance. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chemicals , diabetes , diabetic , endocrine disruptors , Health , hormone disruptors , parenting , phthalates , toxic chemicals , toxins , type 2 diabetes

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April 22, 2012 by  
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Diabetic is doing a glucose – Image from Shutterstock Phthalates are a family of chemicals that are used in plastics, fragrances and a variety of other consumer products. Because they serve as endocrine disruptors, phthalates have some very dangerous properties, but they’ve gone largely unregulated in the US. Now, new research shows that phthalate metabolites may increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes . The study, published in the journal Diabetes Care , links phthalate metabolites to diabetes prevalence and shows that chemical exposure results in distinct markers of insulin secretion and resistance. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chemicals , diabetes , diabetic , endocrine disruptors , Health , hormone disruptors , parenting , phthalates , toxic chemicals , toxins , type 2 diabetes

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