Monthly Archives: January 2013

Does drinking soda cause osteoporosis?

While that may be true, the exact cause has widely held different opinions.

Herein lies the conundrum:

Caffeine  may decrease  the absorption of calcium .So don’t pop your calcium with your Coke.

Phosphoric acid is in all sodas and has been thought to have been a contributing factor to thin bones, but studies haven’t really proven it.

If you are drinking lots of soda throughout the day, you are probably not drinking healthier drinks such as milk and calcium fortified OJ, but  are milk and OJ really that good for you?

Milk contains a lot of hormones that were given to the cow, and may be contributing to precocious puberty and an increased risk of breast cancer. Interestingly enough, China has a low consumption of dairy and a lower incidence of breast cancer!  Also OJ is very acidic, and if you read The China Study, they say that a high acid diet contributes to thin bones, not to mention chronic diseases and Cancer.

If a person is drinking a lot of soda throughout the day (what is a lot, you may ask? I will cover that in my next post), then we could take it a step further and quite possibly conclude that that person is consuming the SAD (Standard American Diet). The Standard American Diet is fast food, processed food, and to quote Dr. Mark Hyman, ” Franken  Food“, and that is contributing to our health epidemic. Now, that is sad, isn’t it?

So now let’s take this person who consumes soda and “Franken Food“, and think, are they getting 30 minutes of sustained weight bearing exercise a week? It’s doubtful!

And finally, this typical American probably has GERD (Aka, reflux or heartburn), and takes one of the various proton pump inhibitors, like Prilosec or Nexium. These drugs cause poor absorption of dietary nutrients, calcium and Vitamin D included. Taken long term these drugs can cause other health problems, too.

So, does drinking soda cause Osteoporosis? Not exactly, but it is part of an unhealthy lifestyle in general that can and will cause a cascade of other health problems. Think about that the next time you reach for a beverage. Or “think before you drink”.

Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley

Navigating your way around being Gluten free.

Did you know that 2 pieces of whole wheat bread can raise your blood sugar more than eating two tablespoons of sugar can?  That is according to Dr. William Davis, author of the best seller, Wheat Belly.  Why is that, you may ask?  It is because wheat has a higher glycemic index than sugar.  It is full of gluten, which is bad for you because it so pro-inflammatory.  So you think well, I will just go get some gluten free bread.

Here’s the curve ball: the gluten free tapioca bread or the gluten free potato bread may have a higher glycemic index than wheat bread!  Confused?  Absence or prescence of the wheat isn’t the only thing that contributes to the glycemic index.  It’s the kind of carbs and sugar that make up the bread.

What can you do about it?  Read all labels!!!  Go for the one with the least amount of sugars and the most grams of fiber.  What can you do if you are diabetic, pre diabetic, or have metabolic syndrome?  Leave out the bread altogether and go for the lettuce wrap, where the lettuce leafs act like the bread.  Having a lettuce wrap sandwich won’t leave you in that post lunch carb-coma.

Take charge of your health!

Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley

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Are you ready to give up on your New Years resolutions, or have you already?

New Year’s resolutions are made, (or so it seems), to be broken, but goals are set to be met.  So why not set some small goals that are easy to meet?  Track them on your iPad or a write on/wipe off board or whatever works for you.

Goals like:

  • Going to bed 15 minutes earlier each night
  • Drinking 2 extra glasses of water a day
  • Walking 5 minutes longer a day
  • Giving up sugar for 3 days.

These goals are easily reachable, and when you check that off your list, reward yourself a hot bubble bath, a pedicure, or a frozen yogurt.  Then set new goals and on and on.  If you can meet these small goals that will provide you with more determination to meet your next set of goals.  That way you can pat yourself on the back all throughout the year and become healthier in the process.

If you need someone to be accountable to and don’t have anyone, I would be happy to step in. Just let me know!

Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley