The Good Fat

healthy-good-fatsA common mistake made by many adults when concerned about cholesterol or trying to lose weight is to eliminate all fats from their diet.

According to Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brighman and Women’s Hospital, “Focusing only on grams of total fat, whether in a food or in your diet, can lead a person to make poor [diet] decisions.” For instance, what low-fat deli sandwiches, low-fat frozen yogurt or low-fat muffins, lack in fat, they often make up for in refined carbohydrates such as white flour and sugar and often times salt.

Mozaffarian suggests shifting the focus from fat to eating healthy foods. “Avoid processed meats, sugary beverages and foods high in refined grains, starches, sugars and salt.”

What are the good fats you should implement in to your diet? Read more here.

Eating More Fiber Cuts Stroke Risk

fiber for your heartIf you increase your daily total dietary fiber by 7-grams, your risk of first time stroke decreases by 7 percent according to a recent study by the American Heart Association (AHA).

Dietary fiber is the part of an edible plant that is not absorbed during digestion. You can increase your fiber intake by increasing the amount of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and nuts.

Read the full AHA report here.

Looking for more ways to lower your risk of stroke? Contact Dr. Graham Reedy at Sports Activity Medicine in Auburn, Washington for more information.

Too Much Salt For Toddlers

saltSimilar to prepackaged meals for adults, processed food for toddlers contain very high levels of salt, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).  An analysis done by AHA of more than 1,000 food products, revealed that nearly 75% of prepackaged meals and snacks for toddlers were alarmingly high in sodium; some as high as 630 milligrams (mg) per serving.

Introducing children to large amounts of sodium at such a young age can adjust children’s taste bud preference very early on leading to greater salt intake and possible long-term health risks including high-blood pressure.

Read more about the AHA study here.

For more on heart health, visit Dr. Graham Reedy at Sports Activity Medicine for the latest in preventative heart medicine.

Facing Your Fears

fearIn March of 2013, researchers at the Mayo Clinic, published research indicating that children who avoid situations that may seem scary are more likely to have anxiety. Dr Stephen Whiteside said the following, “Kids who avoid fearful situations don’t have the opportunity to face their fears and don’t learn that their fears are manageable,” often leading to early development of anxiety disorders.

Read more about the research here.

Dr. Whiteside has developed the iPhone App, Mayo Clinic Anxiety Coach, helping individuals learn about, guage and manage their anxiety symptoms. Learn more here.

Why You Need More Vitamin D

Vitamin DAs we head in to Fall, Vitamin D that comes naturally from sun, is less plentiful in many parts of the States. Why do you need to ensure that your Vitamin D levels stay at a healthy level? says it well:

Vitamin D is a group of fat soluble prohormones that play a vital role in maintenance of bone health. It also plays a role in proper functioning of the immune system, cancer prevention and cardiovascular disease prevention. Several forms of vitamin D exist, with the major forms being vitamin D2 and vitamin D3. Vitamin D2 is not produced by the body, but is found only in the diet from fish or plants or by supplementation. Vitamin D3 is formed in the skin upon exposure to sunlight and is also found in the diet consisting of animal products.

 Vitamin D levels are determined based on the serum concentration of the major circulating form of vitamin D, 25-hydroxy-vitamin D. Deficiencies in vitamin D can lead to an increased risk of bone loss or bone fractures. Recent studies have shown that vitamin D deficiency may play a role in many other diseases as well.

We can test your levels of Vitamin D at Sports Activity Medicine in Auburn, Washington as well as provide you with supplemental vitamins. Contact us for more information.

Sports Physicals

photo_sports_medicineIt’s Sports Physical time for Auburn, Bonney Lake and Sumner at Sports Activity Medicine! Get your kids in for a complete physical with Dr. Reedy. Give us a call for pricing or more information.

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Youth Football Player Deaths

Youth-Football001A recent study has shown that each year in the U.S., an average of twelve high school and college football players die during practices and/or games. The study found that heart condition, heat and non-traumatic causes of death are twice as common as injury-related death.

Over 240 football deaths have been recorded between July 1990 and June 2010 according to the data provided by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, 100 being a cause of an underlying heart condition and 38 being heat-related.

Some of these deaths can be prevented.

To read more of this report, click here.

Junk Food and Asthma

junk-food-asthmaDid You Know That… Junk food could be a cause of asthma and eczema?

According to a 2012 international study by researchers in New Zealand, severe asthma increased in adolescents and children who consumed fast food 3 or more times per week. Research found that not only was asthma a potential risk but some allergies and severe eczema can also increase with the consumption of junk food.

On the other hand, adolescents and children consuming 3 or more fruits per week, had the potential to protect against asthma and allergies.

Read more about the researchers findings here.

Tomatoes Lower Stroke Risk

Tomato_jeDid You Know That… Tomatoes could lower your risk of having a stroke?

Tomatoes go perfectly in soups, salads and even the beloved grilled cheese, but this lycopene-rich fruit is more than just a tasty snack.  According to research done by a team of Finnish researchers, there is a clear link that high lycopene levels in the blood are connected to stroke prevention.

Following more than a thousand middle-aged men for 12 years, the men with the highest amount of lycopene in their blood had a 55% lower chance of having a stroke of any kind and 59% lower chance of having a stroke due to blood clots – the most common kind of stroke.

Read the report here for more information.

If you’re interested in heart attack and stroke prevention, view the Sports Activity Medicine  website for more information on our in-house heart and stroke prevention labs, scans and analysis options and give contact us  to make an appointment.