Eat Raw for a Mental Boost

A healthy diet can sometimes be simple to prepare. Researchers at the University of Otago have published a paper indicating that eating raw fruits and vegetables may have a more positive effect on your mental health than cooking them first. They speculate cooking some of these foods may diminish the nutrient content making them unavailable to your body. Some of the foods they suggest are carrots, bananas, apples, dark leafy greens such as spinach, grapefruit, lettuce, citrus fruits, fresh berries, cucumber, and kiwifruit.

 

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00487/full

Illinois Medical Society

For many years now Dr Cummings has been invited to attend the Illinois State Medical Society House of Delegates Meeting. Here, policy for the state society is developed and voted upon. Important issues are discussed and implemented which can have an impact on health care and access to health care in our state. This year’s convention was held this past weekend in Oak Brook.

Skin problems can affect the quality of life

In this study researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine compared two questionnaires to evaluate the impact of sun spots on a patients’ quality of life. Both tools were effective in evaluating the quality of life, which was affected by dark spots. Understanding this can help guide treatment choices.

Mayra B. C. Maymone, Hind H. Neamah, Eric A. Secemsky, Neelam A. Vashi. Correlating the Dermatology Life Quality Index and Skin Discoloration Impact Evaluation Questionnaire tools in disorders of hyperpigmentationThe Journal of Dermatology, 2018; 45 (3): 361 DOI: 10.1111/1346-8138.14172

Obesity Management

Dr Cummings recently attended an education meeting on the “Complexity of Obesity and Steps for Effective Management” Bernie Ranchero, MD from Sarah Bush Lincoln Medical Center gave a comprehensive review of the physiologic pathways responsible for obesity with an emphasis on Glucagon Like Peptide- 1 (GLP-1). This is a gut hormone that is released by the body in response to a meal. It inhibits the liver’s release of glucagon, enhances the body’s release of insulin and suppresses the appetite. GLP-1 helps stabilize sugar levels in the blood and can help with weight loss in certain patients.