Friday, June 12, 2009

Health Tips for June 12

Health Tip: Always Hungry?

Everyone has days when they eat too much. But if you always seem to be hungry, there may be a medical explanation.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers these possible reasons for excessive hunger, medically called "hyperphagia" or "polyphagia":

  • Anxiety.
  • Eating disorders, such as bulimia.
  • Diabetes mellitus, including gestational diabetes.
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
  • Thyroid conditions, such as hyperthyroidism or Graves' disease.
  • Side effects of medications, including corticosteroids and certain antidepressants.

Health Tip: Making Better Choices for Fast Food

Fast food may be inexpensive and convenient, but it is often high in calories, fat, sugar and salt.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers these suggestions for choosing healthier options at fast food restaurants:

  • Choose smaller portions, or only eat half of your meal.
  • Skip the fries and choose fresh fruit, a salad or vegetables, yogurt or other healthy option as your side item.
  • Order sandwiches without mayonnaise, cheese, bacon or fattening sauces.
  • Ask for extra veggies on your sandwich, which may include lettuce, onions or tomatoes.
  • Choose lean, grilled meats such as chicken or turkey instead of a burger.
  • Skip breaded and fried meats, whether on your sandwich or salad.

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