TIP OF THE WEEK

Here are some easy tips to help you see results:

— Selecting more medium- to low-glycemic (low-GI) diet foods will help you maximize the performance of your workout or exercise. Tip: If you are doing endurance exercises, try consuming a moderate- to low-GI meal before exercising for sustained carb availability.

— Does following a low-GI diet mean you have to give up your favorite sweet treats? Fortunately not. Tip: Try a healthy twist on the old standard peanut butter cookie made with peanut butter, no added sugar and zero sodium, according to https://fifty50foods.com.

— Can you eat out and maintain a low-GI diet? Yes, you can. Many restaurant menus feature healthier foods that are lower on the GI so you can dine at your favorite spot without guilt. Tip: Do your homework in advance to identify the low-GI selections on the menu.

CHOLESTEROL

Philbin’s health regimen a decade after bypass surgery

It has been 10 years since Regis Philbin underwent triple bypass surgery, and since then he has been working diligently to ensure he makes it another 10 or more without a heart episode.

Today Philbin works to protect his heart health and keep his cholesterol in check with a simple and effective plan — he monitors his diet strictly, mostly choosing chicken and fish over beef, and follows a strict treatment regimen that includes the right statin medication for him.

To learn more about statin medications for high cholesterol and how to support your own health, visit www.TakeCholesteroltoHeart.com.

QUICK TIPS

Tips for better health

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers the following food, nutrition and physical activity tips to help you dedicate yourself to a healthy lifestyle.

1. Eat breakfast.

2. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

3. Watch portion sizes.

4. Be active.

5. Fix healthy snacks.

6. Get to know food labels.

7. Consult a registered dietitian.

8. Follow food safety guidelines.

9. Get cooking.

10. Dine out without ditching your goals.

11. Plan family meal time — without TV or electronics.

12. Liven up those brown bag lunches.

13. Drink more water.

14. Explore new foods and flavors, especially fruits and vegetables.

15. Eat seafood twice a week.

16. Cut back on added sugars.

17. Experiment with more plant-based meals.

For more food and nutrition information, visit www.eatright.org.

— Brandpoint

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Digital pill approved by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of a digital pill that is designed to monitor how and when a patient takes medication for certain mental health disorders on Nov. 13. FDA officials said tracking a pill’s digestion could be useful for some patients who have trouble taking medication as prescribed. Abilify MyCite is an anti-psychotic medication with an embedded sensor and is designed to be used for schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder and for use as an add-on treatment for depression in adults, according to the FDA. After the pill is consumed, the sensor sends a message to a wearable patch which relays the information to a mobile application to track the ingestion of the medicine. Patients can allow access to caregivers and physicians to the tracking system with their permission.

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