When should you be tested for vitamin B12?

How does one get deficient in B12? The classic cause, most frequent in older adults, particularly those of northern European ancestry, is pernicious anemia, in which the body is unable to absorb B12 due to lack of the protein needed to allow it to pass through the intestine into the body. It was thought that dietary lack was uncommon because B12 is found in so many foods, but these are all of animal origin, and it is easy for strict vegans to become deficient if they do not take supplements. There may be decreased absorption of B12 after gastric bypass surgery or in the setting of gastrointestinal diseases such as celiac or Crohn’s diseases. Some medications, particularly the diabetes treatment metformin or long-term use of acid-suppression, may cause decreased absorption.

Read the full article at KevinMD.com

Advertisements

Natural Food Interaction (NFI) Diet and DM2

We spoke about the results, which will be published and constitute an unprecedented 97.2 percent type 2 diabetes remission rate. Meaning that based on current data, anyone suffering from type 2 diabetes has a near 100 percent probability of entering full clinical remission within 20 weeks if they follow the NFI diet.

https://nutritionstudies.org/my-type-2-diabetic-patients-transformed-their-health-through-diet/?utm_source=Master+List&utm_campaign=jun19&utm_medium=email&utm_term=newsletter+links

Diabetes runs in my family.  My father had diabetes and my youngest brother also has the disease.  I do a lot of reading and research to better understand what I personally need to do to never develop diabetes.  The NFI diet sounds amazing.  This is just another powerful piece of evidence that supports adopting a mostly plant based diet.

If you’re as excited about this news as I am please share these articles and links.  Your diabetic family and friends will thank you.

And if you’re wondering my last fasting blood sugar was <100mg/dl and my A1C last measured in 2015 was 5.8%.

An Early Look At AliveCor’s Amazing KardiaMobile 6L: Accurate 6 Lead ECG On Your Smartphone — The Skeptical Cardiologist

The skeptical cardiologist has been evaluating a demo version of AliveCor’s new KardiaMobile 6L. I have been a huge advocate of Kardia’s single lead ECG and use it with great success in dozens of my afib patients. I’ve written about how this personal ECG monitoring empowers patients and providers and is a crucial component of…

via An Early Look At AliveCor’s Amazing KardiaMobile 6L: Accurate 6 Lead ECG On Your Smartphone — The Skeptical Cardiologist

Thanks Doctor for the ECG history lesson and for sharing your insights.

And congratulations on the Stanley Cup!

Break Free From The Stimulation Nation — Dr. Eric Perry, PhD

At the end of your life, what will have more meaning to you? Will it be the thousands of filtered images you spent “liking” on social media or the real-life moments you spent with loved ones? Realize that every single moment you spend looking at your phone instead of the face of your loved one is a missed opportunity of having a real connection. Your support group in life should consist of the interconnected arms of the real people you know encircling you with love, not the sporadic connectivity of the world wide web.

via Break Free From The Stimulation Nation — Dr. Eric Perry, PhD

New study shows dietary self-monitoring takes less than 15 minutes a day

Dietary self-monitoring is the best predictor of weight-loss success. But the practice is viewed as so unpleasant and time-consuming, many would-be weight-losers won’t adopt it. New research shows for the first time how little time it actually takes: 14.6 minutes per day on average. The frequency of monitoring, not the time spent on the process, was the key factor for those in the study who successfully lost weight.

I continuously self-monitor using estimates of calories in my head.  I have used online resources in the past which were useful.

Read the source article at this link.

Potential effects of reduced red meat compared with increased fiber intake on glucose metabolism and liver fat content: a randomized and controlled dietary intervention study

Our data indicate that caloric restriction leads to a marked improvement in glucose metabolism and body-fat composition, including liver-fat content. The marked reduction in liver fat might be mediated via changes in ferritin levels. In the context of caloric restriction, there seems to be no additional beneficial impact of reduced red meat intake and increased fiber intake on the improvement in cardiometabolic risk parameters

Source: Potential effects of reduced red meat compared with increased fiber intake on glucose metabolism and liver fat content: a randomized and controlled dietary intervention study