BEST DIETERS" BREAKFAST
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Loss Of Balance
Non-Cardiac Chest Pain
Pain in the Arm
Q My mornings are pretty rushed, so I don't always have time for a big breakfast. I'm trying to lose weight, so would grabbing a smaller breakfast be better? And what about a mid-morning snack to stave off hunger?
A It's not necessarily how much you eat in the mornings but what you eat that matters. According to research by the National Weight Control Registry, a nutritious breakfast helps amp up your energy and reduce hunger throughout the day so you won't overeat at lunchtime. Opt for a high-fiber meal, such as a whole-grain waffle with about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and a glass of milk or low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit. If you want a satisfying mid-morning snack, grab a piece of fruit or have a handful of almonds or other nuts. High in fiber and protein, the nuts will keep you feeling full longer. Or munch on low-fat granola mixed with nuts, raisins and other dried fruit.
'Roy C. Orlando, MD,
UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill
WHAT IS ACUTE
Q My sister was told she has acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Is ACS the same thing as a heart attack?
A Sort of! Healthcare providers want patients to think of, and react to, ACS the same way they would a heart attack. However, ACS actually refers to several conditions that are brought on by a sudden loss of blood flow to the heart. If blood flow is completely cut off for a period of time, a heart attack usually occurs. If blood flow is cut off for a very short time and is restored, you are said to have unstable angina, which raises your risk of having a heart attack. If you have ACS symptoms, go to the nearest hospital emergency room (ER) or call 911. Symptoms can include dizziness, chest pain, or pain in the arm or jaw. Treatment for ACS, which ranges from medication to surgery, depends on the severity of your condition.
'Carlos J. Rodriguez, MD,
cardiologist, associate professor
of medicine and epidemiology,
Wake Forest University School
of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
IS CITRUS SAFE FOR
MY ACID REFLUX?
Q Someone told me I don't need to avoid citrus fruits because they're alkaline, not acidic. Does this mean I can squeeze lemon on my chicken again?
A Here's the deal: Citrus fruits (such as grapefruits, oranges and lemons) are acidic, but they become alkaline in the body. Still, if your esophageal lining is damaged and you drink an acidic fruit juice, you'll likely experience heartburn. Test it out: Taste a small amount of the fruit. If your acid reflux is aggravated, don't eat any more. If consuming it routinely gives you heartburn, ask your healthcare provider if acid-suppressing medication could help.
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