Articles by Mary McNeill, MS, RD/LD, CDE

Your Job Wants You Healthy

Your job cares about your health. If you don’t take care of yourself, it can cost more than just money out of your pocket. It can cost your job more in terms of health insurance. You might get sick more often, and be unable to work as well as you usually do. That matters to your employers and the other people you work with. [...]

Blood Pressure, Diabetes and Your Heart Disease Risk

About 65 million American adults have high blood pressure. Two of every three people with diabetes also have high blood pressure. Recently, the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the American Society of Hypertension presented new blood pressure targets for adults who have heart disease. There are specific goals for adults with diabetes. [...]

What are Probiotics and Prebiotics?

Our gut protects us from toxins, viruses and bad bacteria. Lots of bacteria live in our gut. We have them from the time we are born. They can be good or bad. The good ones help you digest foods. They also make substances that keep us happy and calm. They make B vitamins that we need for our nervous system. The bad ones, on the other hand, cause digestive problems. They can give us diarrhea or worse. Some experts think that the bad ones cause many diseases. As we get older, we often have more bad bacteria than is healthy. [...]

Is Weight Loss Surgery a Cure for Type 2 Diabetes?

What would you do to get rid of diabetes? If your answer includes surgery, there may be hope. A surgery called gastric bypass has been shown to reverse type 2 diabetes in some cases. If you are 80 pounds overweight or more, you may qualify for this type of weight loss surgery. [...]
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