On Your Health

Check back to the INTEGRIS On Your Health blog for the latest health and wellness news for all Oklahomans.

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Shedding Light on Binge Eating

Binge eating is the most common eating disorder in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Mental Health. To mark Eating Disorders Awareness Week, here are common symptoms and signs.

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Are Your Healthy Snacks Actually Junk Food?

There are a lot of foods perceived as “healthy” that are packed with hidden calories and sugar. Despite your best efforts in choosing healthier snacks, many choices might be sabotaging your health and your weight.

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What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes seems mysterious to many people, and because it’s not preventable, Type 1 diabetes tends to slip under the radar in many people’s minds – unless you have it. Dr. Hieu Nguyen, a physician at INTEGRIS, not only treats patients who have Type 1 diabetes, he’s fighting the battle himself.

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Why You Might Need More Fiber Than You Think

Fiber is a big deal these days. Every time you turn around, someone is telling you to eat more of it. But why is fiber so important?

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What Is Brown Fat? Can It Help Your Body Lose Weight?

If ongoing studies on brown fat show the same results in humans as they did in mice, fat tissue and hormones may hold a very important key to effective weight loss.

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What is a Food Desert and How Does It Affect the Obesity Crisis in Oklahoma?

You've probably seen all the news recently about the closing of the Smart Saver in northeast Oklahoma City, which was the last grocery store in the area. But why does it matter, and how does it impact both the hunger and the obesity epidemics in Oklahoma?

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What is Insulin Resistance? What is Prediabetes? How Can You Prevent It?

Did you know it's possible to be thin and prediabetic, or obese and never get diabetes? It depends on your genes. Anyone who develops diabetes has a gene that allows insulin resistance to happen. Our genes load the gun but more importantly, our lifestyle pulls the trigger. Certified diabetes educator Brent Wilson explains.

Brent Wilson, RD/LD, CDE

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What is Bulletproof Coffee?

Bulletproof coffee is a dietary trend sweeping the country. People who follow a low-carb, high-fat diet, such as the paleo diet and the ketogenic diet, swear by its ability to keep them energized, fueled and focused all morning long while burning fat at an elevated rate. But is bulletproof coffee actually good for your health, and does it live up to the hype?

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Diabetes in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has the seventh highest rate of type 2 diabetes in the country. But it doesn't have to be this way! With lifestyle changes, it can be controlled and even reversed.

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Monthly Self Checks All Men Should Do

While scheduling a yearly check-up with a doctor is vital, men can also take charge of their health by doing quick self-exams at home, so they can learn what’s “normal” for their bodies and what isn’t.

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Why the Spare Tire Happens and What It Means for Men

While often termed differently, muffin top, belly fat and spare tire are all essentially the same - excess abdominal fat. No matter what it’s called, it can be a frustration for many men because it's one of the most difficult areas to slim and tone.

Brent Wilson, RD/LD

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What is Macro Tracking and Does It Work?

Macro tracking, when done correctly, can be an effective alternative to restrictive dieting. While it may not be right for everyone, tracking your macronutrients can help you maintain a proper caloric intake for your goals and change your body composition without being restrictive or making you feel sluggish and hungry.

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What Are Mesonutrients and Why Are They Important?

You might already know about macronutrients and micronutrients, but did you know that hidden within foods such as turmeric, tomatoes and blackberries are active compounds called mesonutrients that might play a big role in making these foods so good for you? Many health publications and websites are proclaiming mesonutrients as the newest health trend of 2019. So, why are mesonutrients so important?

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10 Reasons to Drink Green Tea

Many cultures throughout Asia have harnessed the healing powers of green tea for thousands of years, but the Western world has gone crazy for green tea only in the last few decades. Lately it seems you can't pick up a newspaper or visit a health website that doesn't proclaim the supposed health benefits of green tea, from weight loss to preventing colds to fighting cancer. But should you believe the hype?

Juli Johnson

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Keto, Whole30 and Paleo: An INTEGRIS Dietitian Gives His Real Opinion

We’ve looked at three of the biggest diets out there – Keto, Whole30 and Paleo – and asked Brent Wilson, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at INTEGRIS, for his real opinion on each of them.

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Oklahoma's Latest Health Rankings

It's early in 2018, which means it’s time for America’s Health Rankings® Annual Report. The report, recently released by the United Health Foundation, ranked Oklahoma number 43 in the U.S. in terms of health. We’re breaking down the data and highlighting some interesting facts about Oklahoma.

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How to Find Your Healthiest Weight

Have you made any progress on your New Year's resolutions? A common one is weight loss, but understanding how to find your healthiest weight is important to achieve the best results.

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Alternatives to Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a staple in most American kitchens but many people don’t realize there are a wide variety of nut butters made from other nut varieties. When it comes to health benefits, peanut butter just can’t compete with the healthy ingredients found in other nut butters.

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How to Eat Complete Proteins in Vegetarian and Vegan Diets

Eating more veggies and fruits is never a bad idea, just be sure to incorporate enough complete proteins. Without them, you might feel sluggish and lose muscle mass. Fortunately, a little menu planning can help you include enough complete proteins in your diet.

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Sugar Showdown: Which Sweetener is the Best?

With so many different sweeteners and false advertisements, it can be confusing to determine which sweetener is the best option for your health. We consulted Brent Wilson, a registered dietitian at INTEGRIS, to get his perspective.

Brent Wilson, RD/LD

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