Prescription Dugs Can Cause You To Gain Weight

Here is a list of at least 13 drugs that can contribute to weight gain, despite your best efforts.

Popular drugs such as Allegra, birth control pills and insulin contribute to weight gain, however, are crucial to the health and well being of many.

“Patients and doctors need to be more aware of this—it’s an under-recognized driver of our obesity problem,” says Lawrence Cheskin, MD, director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, in Baltimore.

Winter Weight; Fact or Folly?

Does the cold weather increase your appetite?

Cold weather, shorter days and plenty of holiday feasts contribute to winter weight gain but is it biological or just bad habits?

Not all scientists agree about our winter food-seeking habits.

“I’m not disputing the possibility that people eat more in the winter,” says Marcia Pelchat of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. But she says doesn’t think it’s a vestigial “chipmunk” instinct.

Pelchat says another explanation: Our winter eating habits are likely born of opportunity. There is more holiday feasting, better leftovers, more grazing in the kitchen, and fewer opportunities for playing and exercising outside.

Avoiding the Fat Traps of Life

Fat traps in your life can sabotage your weight and your overall health.

Certain landmarks are a time for celebration but when a rights of passage add on the pounds it’s time to have a strategy.

It’s bad enough to deal with the holidays but being married, having a baby and menopause also add pounds.

Here are a few solutions to help you ward off life’s weight gain pitfalls and sail into middle age without a spare tire.

Purple Potatoes May Promote Lower Blood Pressure

You don’t always hear good news about potatoes when it comes to your health, however, purple potatoes are a different story according to Joe Vinson, a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.

On average, diastolic blood pressure — the bottom number in a blood pressure reading — dropped by a statistically significant 4.3 percent and systolic blood pressure — the top number in a blood pressure reading — dropped by 3.5 percent.
While eating potatoes, most of the subjects — even those on anti-hypertensive medications — experienced lower blood pressure, and none of the subjects gained weight.

Baked and boiled potatoes are best while frying at high temperatures seems to destroy the health benefits of potatoes.

Enjoy in moderation and improve your health/

Could You be One of the 10 Million Women Who Suffer from Thyroid Disorder?

Millions of women suffer from sudden weight gain dry skin, hair loss, forgetfulness, fatigue, frequent chills, constipation, and irregular periods.

But at what time do you attribute these symptoms to normal aging and the stresses of life opposed to a thyroid problem?

Many women suffer when a simple blood test could point to a problem which can be fixed by a prescription from their doctor.

If you find yourself suffering consult your physician for answers.

A sluggish thyroid may be the problem.

Lodged between the voice box and the collarbone, and wrapped around the windpipe, the thyroid helps control your body’s energy supply. The butterfly-shaped gland pumps out thyroid hormone, a powerful chemical that regulates metabolism and body temperature, says endocrinologist Jeffrey Powell, M.D., of Northern Westchester Hospital in New York. It also works with just about every system in your body to keep your brain sharp, your bowels moving, your periods regular, and your skin, nails, and hair healthy. Think of the thyroid like a car’s gas and brake pedals rolled into one: It can speed up or slow down the rate at which your body burns through its fuel supply.

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