How to Make Every Bite Count

USDA and HHS released the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 on December 29, 2020. Two of the big changes were the new guidelines for infants and new limits for sugar. The video above introduces another change in focus. Pointing out that most of us don’t actually follow the guidelines for health eating, the USDA asks […]

Enjoy the Festival of Sleep

January 3 is a little known holiday, the Festival of Sleep. Today, as you recover from New Year’s Eve and plan your New Year Resolutions, consider celebrating the Festival of Sleep. Sleep in (a little) Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. During the pandemic, a […]

Sleep Apnea and COVID-19

Sleep apnea is a fairly common condition in which people stop breathing for seconds or even up to a minute when they are sleeping. This can lead to snoring or to noticeable catches in breathing which a spouse or roommate may notice. Often, people who live alone don’t even know that they have sleep apnea. […]

Holiday Plans and COVID-19

Updated December 10, 2020 It’s time to make holiday plans — but COVID-19 can make that difficult. Here is some expert advice to help.  Avoid travel The safest option is not to travel this year. Put off your holiday travels until next year, when the virus should be under better control. There may be cases […]

Is Coffee Good for Your Health?

“Who knows whether it’s good for us or bad for us? You can find evidence either way!” This is a common complaint when we’re trying to figure out what lifestyle choices to make, and a common excuse for doing what we want in spite of the evidence. In many cases, it’s just an excuse — […]

Have You Heard of GERD?

GERD, or Gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a chronic condition in which acid from the stomach comes up into the esophagus. You may be familiar with this experience under the name “acid reflux” or “heartburn,” since an estimated 44% of American adults have at least one episode every month. GERD, however, is a chronic disease with […]

New Sugar Guidance

Guidelines on sugar consumption for American adults have for some years put the upper limit of sugar consumption at 10% of calories. So, if you eat 2,000 calories a day, you should cap sugar at 200 calories’ worth, or about 12 spoonsful a day. Until the news sugar guidance kicks in. New guidelines from the […]

Constipation Relief

Constipation affects 20% of Americans, and can even be associated with anxiety and depression.  Constipation is a condition in which food travels through the digestive system slowly, creating dry stools that are hard to pass.  Holidays and travel can bring on constipation, so here are some recommendations for relief, or even avoiding the problem altogether. […]

Welcome, Chelsea Marquis

Chelsea Marquis, APRN, is joining the Gastroenterology Department at Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic today. Nurse Marquis completed her education at the University of Arkansas and UAMS. She has extensive experience with endoscopy care, hospital care, and long-term care. She has worked in palliative care settings and in an endoscopy center. “I am looking forward to working […]

What Causes Diabetes?

More than 34 million Americans have diabetes, and as many as 95% of Americans with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. They didn’t develop diabetes overnight; it takes years for type 2 diabetes to develop, and many lifestyle choices factor into the risk for developing the disease. There is no cure for diabetes, which means that […]