Change Your Health with our FirstLine Therapy Metabolic Syndrome Program

The FirstLine Therapy Program is a professionally supervised, personalized lifestyle modification plan for Metabolic Syndrome. Designed by healthcare professionals, this program has been shown remarkably successful in helping individuals like you return to a path of extended health.

This is not a weight reduction program — it’s a disease reduction program. While weight loss often occurs, it’s only secondary to the primary goal helping you achieve and maintain a healthy body composition (lean-muscle-to-fat ratio) to improve health, manage disease, feel better, and reduce your risk of more serious conditions.

The Support You Need to Succeed  

FirstLine Therapy Is different. It’s structured with professional supervision to help you:
• Establish realistic, personalized goals to improve health
• Monitor your progress and help you stay on track
• Learn how to eat and shop for healthy, nutritious foods that manage food cravings
• Exercise in a way that builds muscle and gets rid of unwanted fat
• Relax and manage unhealthy stress
• Feel better and do more!

An Apple a Day is Good for the Heart

A recent study from the Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center found that eating one apple a day for four weeks significantly lowered oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad cholesterol, which has been linked with atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries that can lead to heart disease.

Researchers credit the might of the apple to its powerful antioxidant properties. Antioxidants have been found to reduce inflammation, promote healthy arteries and help fight aging by preventing and repairing cellular damage. A diet high in fiber, found in fresh fruits and vegetables, can help prevent the development of chronic illness.

Body Composition and Your Health

More than 60% of the U.S. adult population is overweight and over 25% are considered obese. One out of four children and adolescents are now considered overweight or obese and are quickly headed for a lifetime of chronic disease. We are fatter than ever and the numbers continue to rise at a dreadfully high rate! Even more alarming is the fact that approximately 20% of overweight Americans may not realize they need to lose excess body fat—because they physically “appear” to be of normal weight. Despite looking thin and having a normal weight, they have altered or unhealthy body composition. What is unhealthy body composition? Generally speaking, it refers to carrying too much fat in comparison to lean tissue (e.g., muscle). It is clear that achieving healthy body composition is critically important to experiencing the joy that optimal health can bring.

The Consequences of Unhealthy Body Composition

Unhealthy body composition and excess body weight often lead to obesity, which is associated with serious health consequences including:
• Heart disease
• Stroke
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Metabolic syndrome
• Diabetes
• Back pain
• Respiratory problems
• Certain types of cancer
• Kidney disorders
• Estrogen-related problems
• Gallbladder disorders
• Excess fatigue
• Osteoarthritis
• Sleep apnea
• Urinary incontinence

Metabolic syndrome (also known as syndrome X or insulin resistance syndrome) affects approximately 46% of Americans, and is characterized by high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood insulin and glucose levels. People with metabolic syndrome are at greater risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. As a rule, a waist circumference greater than 40 inches for men and greater than 35 inches for women significantly increases the risk of metabolic syndrome.

Even hormone balance can be affected by unhealthy body composition, because estrogen can be produced in fat tissue. An increase in fat-to-muscle mass could therefore lead to an imbalance in estrogen. Estrogen imbalance has been associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS), uterine fibroid tumors, fibrocystic or painful breasts, cervical dysplasia, endometriosis, systemic lupus erythematosis and breast, uterine, and ovarian cancers.

Body Composition is More Than Just Your Weight

Body weight alone (what the scale says) is not a definitive assessment of body composition. Even after losing weight, you might still be considered over-fat. This occurs when the weight you lose comes predominantly from muscle and not from fat—producing unhealthy body composition. Having excess fat on the inside but looking normal on the outside may result in disease risks that are similar to those who appear overtly overweight. Where fat accumulates also impacts the degree of risk. Excess fat that is concentrated near the waist—a condition generally referred to as central adiposity or an “apple” shape—greatly increases the risk of disease. The illustration on the reverse side of this sheet outlines the problems associated with this type of unhealthy body composition—just because you look thin doesn’t mean you are healthy!

Several simple, non-invasive methods are available that can estimate body composition. These include waist-to-hip ratio, skin-fold thickness, and bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA).

Factors That Lead to Unhealthy Body Composition

There is no single cause of unhealthy body composition. Excessive fat accumulation can result from an imbalance between the calories you take in and the calories you burn; lack of physical activity; lifestyle influences such as a high-fat, high-sugar diet; overeating; excess alcohol intake; chronic use of corticosteroids; hormone imbalance; and other metabolic factors.

Achieving a Healthy Body Composition

As the illustration on the reverse side of this sheet outlines, a healthy body composition program helps a person lose weight and look thinner by targeting fat and preserving muscle. This is in contrast to an unhealthy body composition program, which may help a person lose weight, but can result in muscle loss without as much fat loss. By preserving lean muscle mass, a healthy body composition program reduces the risk of disease and may decrease the likelihood that fat will return after the program is complete. This is because a higher ratio of muscle-to-fat may increase the body’s metabolic rate, enabling the body to more effectively burn calories each day.

A traditional approach to improving body composition includes exercise and reduced caloric intake, but nutritional supplementation may also offer additional, significant benefits. For example, one study comparing a doctor-supervised, nutrition-based body composition program to a popular, over-the-counter diet drink showed dramatically different results. Patients on the doctor-supervised program achieved 11 pounds of weight loss from fat and they actually increased their muscle mass. The patients on the over-the-counter diet drink lost the majority of their weight from muscle rather than body fat—despite being prescribed the same foods and exercise routine as those on the doctor-supervised program. Our body composition program incorporates the nutritional support necessary to achieve fat loss and preserve muscle. It is comprehensive, yet tailored to meet your individual needs.

You have the power to shape your body for better health. Take the first step to achieving healthy body composition. Contact Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine at 773.435.1150 and ask about our FirstLine Therapy program.

New You Program at Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine

Metagenics New You personalized program offers you a simple way to start improving your health and changing your life. This 12-week program is designed to support beneficial changes in body weight, cholesterol levels, blood pressure and triglyceride levels.

To support your success, Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine and Metagenics would like to invite you to view a patient webinar. http://www.metagenics.com/patients/patient-education/new-you

Dr. Deanna Minich, a clinical nutritionist at the Functional Medicine Research Center® in Gig Harbor, Washington will walk you through the New You Program, providing helpful tips and recommendations. We are confident that the New You Program will help you make resolutions you can keep.

If you have any questions about the New You Program, contact one of our FLT Representatives at info@fltchicago.com or call us at 773.435.1150

How Lifestyles Affect Your Body’s Nutritional Intake

Despite a wide variety of foods, people today generally eat more but actually get fewer nutrients. Many common aspects of daily life can deplete the body of the nutrients it needs to function properly:

• Drinking—alcohol, coffee/sodas (caffeine)
• Smoking—nicotine
• Medications—statin drugs, corticosteroids, diuretics
• Eating—junk food, refined carbohydrates
• Stress—work, family
• State of Health—illness, injury, intestinal issues, pregnancy

These things can rob you of nutrients by:

• Increasing your need for certain nutrients
• Causing accelerated nutrient loss
• Impairing the absorption of nutrients from food

Call Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine today at 773-435-1150 and ask about our FirstLine Therapy program. Let us help you improve your health, reverse chronic illnesses and lose weight naturally.

What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of interrelated clinical symptoms that increase an individual’s risk for many chronic diseases including atherosclerosis and type 2 diabetes. In addition to increasing susceptibility to cardiac disease, Metabolic Syndrome confers increased risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a condition that is rising and is associated with an increased risk of cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure. Incidence of certain malignancies, including colorectal and prostate cancer, increases with the presence of Metabolic Syndrome. Polycystic ovary syndrome, the most common endocrinopathy of reproductive age women, is strongly associated with Metabolic Syndrome. Furthermore, sexual dysfunction, gout, chronic renal disease, and microalbuminuria have each been associated with Metabolic Syndrome.

Approximately 34% of adults in the US meet criteria for Metabolic Syndrome diagnosis, and individual propensity for developing Metabolic Syndrome increases dramatically with age. Due to the prevalence of obesity and the aging population, and given the relationship among Metabolic Syndrome, and cardiovascular disease, a long-term solution is urgently needed.

Although pharmaceutical treatment options are available for managing symptoms related to Metabolic Syndrome, lifestyle change programs are the recommended first line of therapy for the prevention or management of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic Syndrome Diagnosis

Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of symptoms that increase the risk for cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes and is diagnosed when at least 3 of the following are present: 1) Elevated waist circumference:
Men — Equal to or greater than 40 inches (102 cm)
Women — Equal to or greater than 35 inches (88 cm)

2) Elevated triglycerides:
Equal to or greater than 150 mg/dL

3) Reduced HDL (“good”) cholesterol:
Men — Less than 40 mg/dL
Women — Less than 50 mg/dL

4) Elevated blood pressure:
Equal to or greater than 130/85

At Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine, we offer a 12 week lifestyle program – FirstLine Therapy to help combat Metabolic Syndrome. Your initial will begin by meeting with one of our physicians who are board certified internists. Weekly sessions with CCWM health coaches will counsel patients regarding our Therapeutic Lifestyle Program. Our Lifestyle educators work as a team with our physicians, providing hands-on support to patients. You will have a Stress and Cardiovascular Risk Assessment. We will review your findings and determine your health goals in order to establish your course of lifestyle therapy.

Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine provides formulas that promote healthy blood lipid levels, circulatory and blood vessel function and support, and overall heart health. Body composition analysis will be given by one of our health coaches. This is the clinical assessment of tissue and fluid distribution in the human body. The body is modeled as a series of tissue and fluid compartments. It is an integral part of a health and nutrition assessment. A BIA (Bio-Impedance Analysis) will be conducted on patients throughout the weeks to determine your body fat, water content, and muscle mass. The body composition information is indicative of one’s current state of well-being.

Patients have seen tremendous results from our FrirstLine Therapy program – lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, loose body fat and weight, have more energy and improving their overall health.

Contact one of our healthcare providers at Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine at 773.435.1150 or email us at info@fltchicago.com for more information on our FirstLine Therapy program.

Holistic Health prevents illness and supports higher levels of wellness.

“Holistic Health supports reaching higher levels of wellness as well as preventing illness. People enjoy the vitality and well-being that results from their positive lifestyle changes, and are motivated to continue this process throughout their lives.” – Susan Walter, American Holistic Health Association

The National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and Arthritis Foundation now recommend lifestyle interventions (lifestyle medicine) as the “first line of therapy” for treating and reducing the risk of common conditions. Our FirstLine Therapy program can start you on the road to wellness. Call the Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine for an appointment at 773-435-1150 to see how we can work together for a healthier you!

Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine is a Group Practice founded on the principle of respect for the patient. Their approach is multidisciplinary, holistic and evidence based. They specialize in Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology with many related services and are practice gender-specific medicine with an emphasis on patient education.

Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine is located at 1 E. Delaware Place in Chicago, Illinois.

Low Fat Thanksgiving Recipe – Brown Rice with Apricots and Almonds

Here’s a healthy recipe you might consider in place of traditional Thanksgiving stuffing.

Brown Rice with Apricots and Almonds
Make your stuffing with wholegrain rice instead of bread and you’ll trim 61 calories and 7 grams of fat. Not only will these grains help keep you full, but they’ve also been shown to blast ab fat.

Ingredients
1 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 3/4 cups medium-grain brown rice
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 cup finely chopped Vidalia onion
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
2 tsp. lemon zest
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup slivered almonds

Preparation and Cooking
Combine chicken broth and 1 3/4 cups water in saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add rice. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 40 minutes. Prepare onions, 10 minutes before rice is finished, heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium-low heat. Add onion and saute until just soft, about 5 minutes. Add apricots, lemon zest, 2 tablespoons water, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Stir well and remove from heat. Once rice is cooked, remove from heat. Let stand covered 5 minutes. Uncover and toss with onion mixture, parsley, and almonds. Serve.

Nutritional Information
Makes 8 servings. Per 1/2-cup serving: 204 cal, 4 g fat (1 g sat), 37 g carbs, 203 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein

Avoid Excessive Sugar Intake

Foods that are high in sugars or have a “high” rating on the glycemic index, can add to the total amount of sugar in your bloodstream. These excess sugars “cook” in your body and caramelize in your eyes – a reason why people with uncontrolled diabetes face blindness.

Cold and Flu Season

With Fall just around the corner, it’s time to start winterizing your immune system. FirstLine Therapy isn’t just about the numbers on a scale, it’s a program to change your lifestyle habits and improve your comprehensive health. Talk to us about how we can proactively work together to boost your immune system and get you through the cold and flu season!

Call one of our Certified Lifestyle Educators at Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine at 773.435.1150, or contact us by email at info@fltchicago.com.