Heather Reese

Heather Reese

Patient Expert

Heather wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Food & Nutrition.

Latest Articles by Heather Reese

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Diabetes

How to Make Food Swaps on a Diabetes Diet

Question: What is the best method for calculating diabetic exchanges of mixed foods such as chicken pot pie or vegetable beef soup? Could you please share the steps to this process? Thanks Heather: This can be quite challenging. In fact, many diabete...

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Food & Nutrition

Weighing In: Kilocalorie vs. Calorie

How are the kilocalories you see on you heart rate monitor different than the calories you eat from food? (Hint: They're not)

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Food & Nutrition

Weighing In: Should I eat when my stomach growls?

Question: I’ve been dieting but my stomach keeps growling so I have to eat. How do I lose weight if my body is constantly telling me to eat more? Heather: It’s not uncommon to experience signs of hunger after you’ve cut down on your calories, but thi...

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Food & Nutrition

Nutrition for the Elderly

Healthy eating and physical activity are important lifestyle habits for people of all ages and they are of particular importance for the elderly. According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, 87 percent of older Americans have a chronic disease that ...

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High Cholesterol

Keep Your Heart in Tick Tock Shape

Fifty percent of Americans have high cholesterol, according to recent statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA). Worse yet, 17 percent of Americans have a blood cholesterol level over 240, which puts them at high risk for heart attack and ...

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Gout

Weighing In: What foods should I avoid if I have gout?

_Question: I suffer from gout, are there foods that I should avoid? _ Heather Reese: The most effective treatment for gout is medication; however, avoiding foods high in purines may help prevent flare-ups and/or relieve your symptoms. Gout is a painf...

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Food & Nutrition

Why Skipping Meals Won't Help You Lose Weight

I recently read that fainting dieters are one of the top reasons that New York subway trains run late And according to the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), this is a year-round problem. Since it’s the time of year when people make resolutions to ...

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High Cholesterol

Low Cholesterol Diet: How to Cut Out the Fat

Obesity is a well-documented health crisis in America. Recent statistics show that 30 percent of U.S. adults are obese - this translates to more than 60 million Americans! Obesity impacts more than just your pant size - it also increases your risk of ...