Jul 22

Just 300 Calories a Day

DiabetesA study published recently in the journal, Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology (part of a project with the U.S. National Institutes of Health) helped to quantify the benefits that come from even modest reductions in calorie intake. The subjects were 200 healthy adults aged less than 50 who were at, or just over, a healthy weight. The average calorie reduction in the group was about 12% (300 calories a day).

To give you an idea of what this is in real-life terms, 300 calories are what you would get from:

  • Two 12 oz beers
  • Two MacDonald’s hash brown potatoes (or one sausage biscuit)
  • Six Oreo cookies

Over a two-year period, significant improvements were seen in levels of cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar (all markers of risk for metabolic diseases like diabetes). The results show that even modest changes in diet could reduce the chance of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The study results are true, but only if people will make those modest changes. If you have struggled with weight, diet and related issues, there is help available! Click on one of these links to see the AdventHealth program appropriate to you: AdventHealth Bariatric Support or AdventHealth Diabetes Care.

If you have any question about the areas included in general surgery, especially bariatric surgery, please contact our office. Contact Dr Birkedal or phone us at 386-210-9794. Our offices, located in Daytona, New Smyrna and Palm coast are all part of the AdventHealth Medical Group.

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