Children with Type II Diabetes?

Diabetes is on the rise, especially in children and adolescents. How can this be? Diabetes is a complicated medical issue but stems from one common thread: carbohydrate intolerance or insulin resistance. It could have started in the womb when a Mother consumed more carb than her body could handle during pregnancy or when the beta-cells […]

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Is Your weight in your Genes or your Jeans?

Last week I went to a conference in New Mexico and several researchers gave detail to what really happens in the womb. Although much of what I heard is both fascinating and disturbing it is worth sharing on this blog in hopes that some of you struggling with your weight may have more empathy for […]

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Vitamin D: Vitamin, Sunshine or Hormone?

You are diligent with taking care of your health but at your yearly physical the doctor tells you your vitamin D is low, and you need to add a supplement. “Wait a minute! I am often outside in the sun so WHY do I need a supplement? Is it just another way for the supplement […]

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Simplifying Prenatal Vitamins

Confused about prenatal vitamins?  You’re not alone.  You want to be the best mother to your growing baby and that means starting off with the right nutrients.  But where do you begin? Every prenatal claims to offer 100% of the daily recommended nutrients, but how do you know that’s true; and does it truly have […]

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The Chicken or the Egg? Are Weight Issues a result of the American Diet or are we Programmed for Obesity?

I attended and spoke at a conference this past weekend on diabetes and pregnancy.  One fascinating lecture this year gave the appalling statistics:  10.7% of the adult US population has diabetes and 19% has pre-diabetes. These two percentages together mean that almost 30% of the adult US population has diabetes. The researcher, Thomas Moore, MD from UC […]

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Taking Control of your Genetics: From Great Grandma to You

A hot topic today in health arenas is genetics and epigenetics and how they play out in our lives with respect to our health. It is both fascinating and disturbing how our genes and what the environment in utero did to influence our weight and health. Each of us has a certain DNA code but […]

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What We Eat Affects Future Generations More than Realized

I just attended a fascinating conference the last 2 days on the genetics of what happens in the womb.  It turns out Mom’s to be have much more of an influence on the health of their future child than once realized. A baby is programmed in the womb with a certain set of genes or […]

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Protein Lessons Learned from the Womb

This is the second entry regarding the conference I recently attended on what can shape your future before you were born. One fascinating tidbit was the research on protein intake of pregnant women.  Before we talk about the results here’s a few quick physiology lesson. Your pancreas is the organ which produces a hormone called […]

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The Genetics of Weight and Diabetes

A few weeks back I attended an international conference on pregnancy induced diabetes also known gestational diabetes.  Little did I know the surprise I was in for with the most fascinating and disturbing information I have ever heard on these topics.   Over the next few blogs I’ll share some of those insights, some of which […]

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Gestational Diabetes

Yesterday’s Los Angeles Times had a review on how treating both mild gestational diabetes in addition to gestational diabetes leads to less preterm births and fewer cases of problems with pregnancy and delivery. Since pregnancy is a state of insulin resistance, many pregnant women are susceptible to blood sugar changes.  Women with gestational diabetes (diabetes […]

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