Nutrition Close-Up, Fall 2015

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Articles in this Issue…

Should people with diabetes eat eggs?

By Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND

The egg is one of those nutrient-dense foods that generates a lot of debate about its healthfulness. Because eggs are high in cholesterol, which has historically been linked to cardiovascular disease (CVD), healthcare professionals have long discouraged their patients from eating too many eggs.

Underfueling: are we taking weight loss too far?

By Pamela Hernandez, CPT

The Female Athlete Triad is most often associated with high school or collegiate athletes, but its symptoms can affect women of any age who engage in high levels of physical activity and eat a very low-calorie diet in an attempt to lose weight. The triad is defined by the combination of three conditions, according to the American College of Sports Medicine.

Eggs and diabetes: perspectives from clinical studies

By Maria Luz Fernandez, PhD

There is a consensus, derived from clinical interventions and epidemiological data over the last 10 years, that eggs do not increase the risk for heart disease in healthy populations. It has been demonstrated that eggs: 1) increase both LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) and HDL cholesterol (HDL-C), therefore the LDL/HDL ratio, a key marker of coronary heart disease risk, is maintained; 2) increase the large, less atherogenic LDL particle, known to transport additional antioxidants, in addition to being preferentially removed by the liver; 3) increase the large HDL, a particle that plays a major protective role by removing accumulated cholesterol from macrophages and transporting it back to the liver to be targeted for elimination from the body.

For patients with renal disease, egg yolk is gold

By Bev Benda, RDN, BCC

While working as a Registered Dietitian in outpatient renal dialysis, I overheard a nephrologist advise a patient: “We need to get that albumin up. Eat lots of eggs. Just make sure you don’t eat the yolk!” When I arrived, the patient met me with a scowl: “I’m confused! You told me I could eat the entire egg, and the doc just told me I have to toss the yolk! Who am I supposed to listen to?”

Experts still searching for solution to obesity crisis

By Dave Madsen

Overweight and obesity (OW/OB) now present a major global health problem and challenge–a “pandemic.”1-4 The CDC estimates that 35% of adults in the U.S. are OW or OB,5 while 17% of children are affected.6 The global picture is similar: 37% for adults (mean, both genders); for children 13% and 23% in developing and developed countries, respectively.