Posted by Dr. Edwin Williams in General on August 25th
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I notice that your weight therapy program incorporates low-glycemic foods. My family has a history of type 2 diabetes and I really want to avoid this disease. Would a diet of low-glycemic foods help prevent the development of adult-onset diabetes.
Absolutely! The most important thing you can do to prevent or treat adult-onset diabetes is to eat a low-glycemic diet and moderate your caloric intake. The glycemic index is a measure of how rapidly a food will enter the bloodstream. Sugar has a glycemic index of 100, as it would rapidly enter the bloodstream and cause a flood of glucose and insulin to rise in your system. We want the opposite to occur. We want foods that will slowly enter the bloodstream and cause a very mild increase in insulin. Insulin, when high, can drive your appetite, and cause cravings for more refined food products. This can lead into a vicious cycle of weight gain and finally a development of adult-onset diabetes. The low-glycemic index foods typically have more fiber and more nutrients and will more slowly enter the bloodstream. An example of low-glycemic foods includes most proteins, many vegetables, as well as whole grain products such as kiwi, bran, brown rice, etc. Knowing the glycemic index can be extremely helpful in helping choose which foods are the best to eat. We always want to avoid processed, packaged, sugars that are high in trans-fats, corn syrup and sugars. These will most definitely lead you down the path toward diabetes. Using whole foods that are organic and simply prepared is probably the best way to go.
I worry about toxins in the environment getting into my body. I always wash fruits and vegetables well, I eat organic foods, drink distilled water, etc. I have some kidney problems that came up out of nowhere. Kidney disease does not run in my family. Is it possible that this is related to exposure to some toxin in the environment?
There are many toxins in our environment. The EPA estimated that in the year 2000, greater than 4 billion pounds of pesticides were dropped on our forests and grasslands. These obviously make their way into the food and water supply. Therefore we are constantly bombarded by toxicity. It is important to always buy organic fruits and vegetables, as well as meats and wash everything thoroughly. Some toxicity can also be obtained through products that we normally use; household cleaners, deodorant containing aluminum, nonstick cookware, etc. Unfortunately, there are many sources of toxicity creeping into our environment. If someone develops kidney problems, it could be from a multitude of different causes, toxicity being one of them. The most important thing to do if you note any kidney problems, is to see your physician as soon as possible to help determine the etiology and what damage may have been done.
I take vitamin supplements. I would like to know if there is a different between the different forms of a vitamin. How do I know exactly what type of vitamins to take.
Vitamin supplements are very important in optimal health, however, there are many things you have to take into consideration before purchasing your vitamins; first, the quality of the vitamin. Studies have shown that many vitamins have been found to have contamination, especially herbs from India or China have been found to have contamination with lead and other heavy metals. Vitamins are not regulated the same way that pharmaceutical medications are. Therefore, you have to find a company that produces vitamins at a very high quality. These supplements are typically found through doctors’ offices, chiropractors’ offices, and compounding pharmacies. The quality of the supplement is the key to your success. Additionally, knowing which vitamin you need, this can be analyzed in a urine test or blood test to see if you are deficient in any vitamins, or any vitamins that you need in more than average levels. This is the most precise way to determine your vitamin needs. By reviewing your medical history, we can also help determine which vitamins that would likely be beneficial to your health.
I am beginning menopause at the age of 53. I am a vegan, eating only organic foods, and would like to use natural hormones to supplement my declining estrogen. I am interested in cream forms rather than taking a supplement orally. Is there some type of lactic that I would need to take to determine what hormone and what dosage.
Yes, for patients who are already nutritionally balanced and start to experience menopause, I like to try them with Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. I always use this in cream form and never use estrogen orally. There are risks to using estrogen orally such as blood clots, gallbladder problems, etc. To determine your current estrogen, progesterone and other hormonal levels, we test this through a saliva test. The saliva test is more accurate than a blood test, because it only tests the bioavailable hormones in the body. The bioavailable hormone in the body is the amount of hormone that the body can actually utilize, wherein the blood, the hormones are typically down to proteins. They are not entirely accessible to the body. Once we determine your current hormone levels, we would then use those levels to help determine what dose would be optimal for you to replace your hormonal decline. Once we determine the dose, a prescription is written and sent to the compounding pharmacy, which would customize the prescription strictly for you. We will retest in three months, to check if the dose is correct, as well as review how your menopausal symptoms have improve. Often, the dose is adjusted at this time, and with the goal of finding the most individualized dose for each patient.
Posted by Dr. Allison Pontius in General on August 11th
I really want to lose weight. I have been on a variety of diets, and have only lost weight, to regain it. If I lost weight, and kept it off, would my skin slowly shrink, or would I need to have surgery to have it removed?
The ideal way to lose weight, is to gradually lose weight in a sensible fashion over a moderate period of time. Crash diets never work because a lot of the weight loss is actually water and muscle, and then when weight is regained, it is typically regained as fat. It is a vicious cycle, and one we try to break. I typically recommend a modified Mediterranean diet for patients trying to lose weight. This type of diet is rich in fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, legumes, lean protein; and low in grains and dairy products. This has been studied and shown to be one of the healthiest and most effective ways to lose weight. I also like to incorporate medical foods which are specialized protein shakes into this regimen, as it can accelerate the weight loss product and weight loss process, and supply important key nutrients in protein to patients trying to lose weight. If you have to lose a significant amount of weight, 100 pounds or more, typically you will have excess skin following the weight loss. If the excess skin is severe, it is often treated by a plastic surgeon, however, for most patients losing 20 to 30 pounds, the skin typically shrinks back down.
Posted by Dr. Edwin Williams in General on August 10th
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Posted by Dr. Edwin Williams in General on June 6th
Can rhinoplasty be medically approved? My son just turned 15. He plays basketball and soccer. His nose has been broken three times in sports and I notice that he makes wheezing noises with his nose when he breathes, especially if he is playing sports. His nose drips all the time. Would the noisy breathing and dripping go away with a nose job? My son is not interested in changing the shape of his nose.
Rhinoplasty is often medically approved when there is a breathing issue or the nose has a functional problem. There are many times when this is the case, for example, a patient who has broken their nose has a deviated nasal septum, weak nasal valves or often sometimes when the nose is severely crooked. This would be determined during the consultation but would be covered under those circumstances.
Posted by Dr. Edwin Williams in General on May 28th
Have you ever see someone with thick, long lashes and thought to yourself…Wow, I wish I had those lashes. Latisse has not only clinically proven it, but most of us use it as well and I love my lashes now!! It is such a great feeling when you put on your makeup and have your eyes stand out and look incredible.
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Posted by Dr. Allison Pontius in General on May 6th
UPCOMING INFORMAL SEMINAR ON THE MAT, WEDNESDAY MAY 19, 7:30PM-9PM, PRESENTED BY ALLISON PONTIUS, M.D.: "Achieving Optimal Health Through Nutrition and Yoga", with discussion centered on sports nutrition to enhance performance and recovery; overcoming obstacles to weight loss and reaching your goals; and how to detoxify safely and effectively. $45/person. Cost includes one free pass to Hot Yoga Saratoga ($15 value) and $25 consultation certificate with Dr. Allison Pontius. Please sign up in advance at studio or call 581-YOGA to reserve your spot. Dr. Allison Pontius is also having a free seminar at our office (Williams Center, 1072 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110) on May 9th at 6pm on Bio-identical Hormone replacement. Watch the TV news story by Dr. Pontius on Bio-Identical Hormones. Please call 518-786-7000 ext 243 to reserve your seat. (seating is limited)
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