Family influence on meals

My thoughts after reading “A Review of Family Meal Influence on Adolescents’ Dietary Intake” by Sarah Woodruff and Rhona Hanning: It’s pretty easy to imagine why having dinner with one’s family would instill positive nutritional habits. Even the word family exudes in its meaning what goes further to credit an environment of caring and, aboveContinue reading “Family influence on meals”

What’s an ALT test?

Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) is an enzyme that is concentrated in the hepatocytes. When the liver is injured or affected by disease, the enzyme is released into the bloodstream. When jaundice occurs, for example, elevated ALT levels can distinguish a liver injury or disease instead of red blood cell hemolysis. The test is performed on aContinue reading “What’s an ALT test?”

When You Have an Abnormal Lipid Profile

An abnormal lipid profile is a consistent indicator of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease (CHD). Blood lipids include total cholesterol, LDL-C, HDL-C and triglycerides. Because each of these factors are ultimately affected by diet, it serves to reason to recommend dietary strategies to help lower total cholesterol and LDL-C, increase HDL-C and reduce triglyceride levels. ATPContinue reading “When You Have an Abnormal Lipid Profile”

When should prevention of atherosclerosis start?

I have three children, one boy, 13 and two girls, 10 and 11. As far as I’m concerned prevention of atherosclerosis should begin as early as possible. That means yesterday. However, I understand that there exists some uncertainty of exactly what age to begin prevention. It has to do partly with juvenile fatty streaks. WhatContinue reading “When should prevention of atherosclerosis start?”

When to use a C-peptide test

Normally, measuring insulin directly is more accurate with diabetics. But C-peptide levels more accurately reflect islet cell function in situations of insulinomas as well as cases of diabetics taking exogenous insulin (for treatment or secretly). C-peptide, short for “connecting peptide” is the protein connecting beta/alpha chains of proinsulin. The chains are separated when proinsulin becomesContinue reading “When to use a C-peptide test”

Why get a glycosylated hemoglobin test?

Measuring blood glucose periodically is critical for staying off the blood sugar rollercoaster. But how can a clinician be sure a patient hasn’t gotten on board the rollercoaster? This is when glyosylated hemoglobin comes into the picture. What happens is that when a person is diabetic and doesn’t adequately control blood glucose, her or hisContinue reading “Why get a glycosylated hemoglobin test?”