Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Research Links Ideal Protein Protocol with Reduced Healthcare Costs

For years, ABJ's OWN Weight Loss Coach, Delia Rice, has been singing the praises of Ideal Protein to help with weight loss and nutrition. Now, a recently published study continues to show the benefits of Ideal Protein. Read below to find out more. If you have been considering your weight loss and nutrition options, or want to learn more about Ideal Protein, contact us today!


Findings show weight loss with Ideal Protein Protocol could save payers millions in healthcare costs, help lower risk of heart disease and diabetes


GATINEAU, Quebec--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Weight loss with the Ideal Protein Protocol, a medically designed and developed protocol for weight loss and weight maintenance, has been shown to potentially reduce healthcare claims and improve key markers of cardiac and metabolic health, according to findings detailed in two poster presentations unveiled at ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans today.
“As a self-insured organization, we are very encouraged by these outcomes”
The two studies with the Ideal Protein Protocol were led by cardiologist Timothy N. Logemann, MD, FACC, ABOM of Aspirus, a self-insured community-directed health system based in Wausau, Wisconsin. At ObesityWeek 2016, Dr. Logemann presented top HSR abstract winner Effect of the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol on Employee Health Care Costs and Effect of a Ketogenic Diet on Advanced Lipid Profiles. Authors of both studies are Dr. Timothy Logemann; David K. Murdock, MD, MS, FACC, FACP, FSCAI and Kelly O’Heron, RD. John Grady also contributed to Effect of a Ketogenic Diet on Advanced Lipid Profiles.
The Ideal Protein Protocol is a four-phase, low carbohydrate, moderate protein, ketogenic weight management solution. Many healthcare practitioners offer the protocol to their patients to help them lose weight and as a result, reverse metabolic syndrome – the cluster of conditions including increased blood pressure, high blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels that are often pre-cursors to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
As the obesity epidemic escalates, associated healthcare costs are rising in proportion. The price tag for overweight and obesity in America is estimated to range from $147 billion to nearly $210 billion per year in direct and non-direct medical costs, including surgery, medications, counseling, and cost for treating obesity-related complications.1
Effect of the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol on Employee Healthcare Costs
In the study, Aspirus followed 306 employees who had successfully completed the Ideal Protein Protocol and analyzed claims costs for these employees from 2013 to 2015. Results from the study indicated an average of $916.97 (18% reduction) decrease in overall average costs. Females had the greatest decrease from 2013 to 2015 averaging -$974.71 (17%) from 2013. Comparing 2013 to 2015, males reduced their claims by -$472.88 (19% reduction).
“As a self-insured organization, we are very encouraged by these outcomes,” said Dr. Logemann, “This indicates that by offering workplace weight interventions, employers can potentially save between $500 and $1000 annually per employee on medical claims. With 70 percent of the U.S. population of overweight or obese,2 multiply those numbers accordingly – these types of workplace wellness initiatives could potentially save the insurance industry billions of dollars a year in claims related to the health complications of excess weight.”
Effect of a Ketogenic Diet on Advanced Lipid Profiles
Twenty patients (BMI >35) were enrolled in the 12 week study with the Ideal Protein Protocol, Effect of a Ketogenic Diet on Advanced Lipid Profiles. Sixteen patients completed the study, constituting an 80% compliance rate. Besides noticeable results in weight reduction, findings indicate that the Ideal Protein Protocol also has a positive effect on lipid abnormalities, with significant reductions observed in glucose and triglyceride levels. The Ideal Protein Protocol also has a positive effect on insulin, insulin resistance, and parameters of metabolic syndrome.
“It is gratifying to see that these scientific findings mirror the patient outcomes we see regularly at our clinic with the Ideal Protein Protocol,” continued Dr. Logemann, “The results demonstrate that when we address obesity as the root problem instead of just treating the symptoms, there is significant improvement in markers of cardiovascular and metabolic health as a result.”
The studies were funded by Aspirus with a grant from Ideal Protein, and performed by Aspirus research.
1 Cawley J and Meyerhoefer C. The Medical Care Costs of Obesity: An Instrumental Variables Approach. Journal of Health Economics, 31(1): 219-230, 2012; And Finkelstein, Trogdon, Cohen, et al. Annual Medical Spending Attributable to Obesity. Health Affairs, 2009.
2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. Obese and Overweight. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/obesity-overweight.htm

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

3 Signs Your Workout is Hurting More Than Helping

“No pain means no gains” may be a phrase commonly heard around the gym to motivate and inspire you through you workout. However, following this mantra may be doing more harm than good when it comes to your muscles, bones and joints. Below are 3 signs that your workout may be harmful in both the short term and long term.

1. You’re Still Sore Days After Your Workout
In most instances, Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is the result of tiny tears in the tissue and typically subsides in 24-48 hours. While mild soreness is sometimes just part of the process, the duration and severity of this soreness is what can tell you whether or not you’re damaging your muscles and ligaments. If symptoms do not resolve after a day or two, it may be a sign of a more serious injury such as a tear or inflammation of the muscles or ligaments.

2. Sudden Sharp Pain During Your Workout
A sharp pain is your body’s way of signaling trouble in the ligaments or joints. In many cases, this sudden pain occurs during heavy lifting such as bench-pressing or squats due to the joints being overloaded with weight. If you do feel a sudden pain, it is important not to try to “push through it” as you may make the injury worse by continuing to stretch or damage the ligament or joint.

3. Your Ankles or Knees Are Swollen After Running
Most fitness fanatics would agree that cardio is an essential part of the workout routine as it helps you burn calories and fat. But, if your knees or ankles are baring the brunt of the pain, it may be a sign you need to slow down. Persistent pain or swelling can be a sign of an injury such as shin splints or Runner’s Knee. If addressed early, these injuries can be managed with rest and activity modification. But, trying to continue a rigorous cardio regimen can exacerbate these injuries and lead to more complex injuries.
At Advanced Bone & Joint, our team specializes in muscle, bone and joint injuries - including sports injuries and overuse injuries. Contact us today to schedule a consult with one of our Orthopedic Specialists! We have offices in St. Peters and O'Fallon, MO.

3 Signs Your Workout is Hurting More Than Helping

“No pain means no gains” may be a phrase commonly heard around the gym to motivate and inspire you through you workout. However, following this mantra may be doing more harm than good when it comes to your muscles, bones and joints. Below are 3 signs that your workout may be harmful in both the short term and long term.

1. You’re Still Sore Days After Your Workout
In most instances, Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is the result of tiny tears in the tissue and typically subsides in 24-48 hours. While mild soreness is sometimes just part of the process, the duration and severity of this soreness is what can tell you whether or not you’re damaging your muscles and ligaments. If symptoms do not resolve after a day or two, it may be a sign of a more serious injury such as a tear or inflammation of the muscles or ligaments.

2. Sudden Sharp Pain During Your Workout
A sharp pain is your body’s way of signaling trouble in the ligaments or joints. In many cases, this sudden pain occurs during heavy lifting such as bench-pressing or squats due to the joints being overloaded with weight. If you do feel a sudden pain, it is important not to try to “push through it” as you may make the injury worse by continuing to stretch or damage the ligament or joint.

3. Your Ankles or Knees Are Swollen After Running
Most fitness fanatics would agree that cardio is an essential part of the workout routine as it helps you burn calories and fat. But, if your knees or ankles are baring the brunt of the pain, it may be a sign you need to slow down. Persistent pain or swelling can be a sign of an injury such as shin splints or Runner’s Knee. If addressed early, these injuries can be managed with rest and activity modification. But, trying to continue a rigorous cardio regimen can exacerbate these injuries and lead to more complex injuries.

3 Common Signs of a Rotator Cuff Tear

The rotator cuff is a series of four tendons that function together to lift and rotate the arm.  The rotator cuff tendons become weaker as we age, especially as we get to our 40’s and 50’s.  The rotator cuff tendons can tear, either as the result of the process of aging, or a sports, work or accidental injury.

The usual way a tear occurs in the rotator cuff is a forceful movement of the arm, such as in a fall or when reaching above the head.  Tears can occur with heavy lifting, or by pushing forcefully with the arm above the head.  Rotator cuff tears can also occur as the tendon  ”wears out” over time, and a specific injury is not always identified.  Rotator cuff tears occur most commonly in the dominant arm in patients in their 40’s, 50’s, or 60’s.

Lots of problems can cause shoulder pain.  Here are the top signs of a tear in the rotator cuff:

1. Nighttime Pain: Pain at night is a very common sign of a problem with the rotator cuff.   

2. Pain radiating down the outside of the arm:  Pain that radiates from the outside of the shoulder, down the outside of the arm, toward the elbow is very common in patients with a torn rotator cuff.

3. Difficulty reaching behind the back or overhead:  Since the rotator cuff’s primary function is to move the shoulder overhead or to rotate the arm, patients with rotator cuff tears often find it difficult to raise the arm overhead or behind the back.  Even if they can perform these tasks, it is painful to do so.

What Should You Do If You Think You Have a Tear?
First, see an orthopedic shoulder specialist.  If your doctor thinks you might have a rotator cuff tear, he will recommend an MRI.  An MRI test will show the tendons of the rotator cuff, and will show a tear.


If you have a rotator cuff tear, sometimes the tear will respond to treatment like physical therapy.  In more significant tears, surgery may be necessary to repair the torn tendon.  Your orthopedic surgeon will help you decide what the best course of treatment is for you.

At Advanced Bone & Joint, our team specializes in muscle, bone and joint injuries - including Rotator Cuff Tears.   Contact us today to schedule a consult with one of our Orthopedic Specialists! We have offices in St. Peters and O'Fallon, MO.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Understanding The Signs and Symptoms of Dupuytren’s Disease


















Dr. Paul Spezia Treats Dupuytren’s Disease


WHO GETS IT?
This disease affects people of all races, but is more common in Caucasians whose ancestors are from northern Europe. It is more common in men older than 50 years, but is also seen in woman and younger patients.

WHAT CAUSES IT?
The cause is unknown, but genetic factors seem to be important. In addition, alcohol consumption, diabetes, and smoking remain among the leading factors involved.

WHAT DO I LOOK FOR?
Painless lumps appear in the palm, often just below the base of the finger. Local pitting of the
skin may occur in response to the changing tissue layer. Over time, nodules under your skin may appear as “rope-like” cords under your skin. They may tighten, causing the finger to progressively bend toward the palm of the hand, resulting in what is called Dupuytren’s contracture.


Contact Dr. Spezia today if he can help you move past this condition and LIVE YOUR LIFE.

Click the video below to see Dr. Spezia treat this condition with a innovative non-surgical treatment called "Xiaflex".



Understanding The Signs and Symptoms of Dupuytren’s Disease



Dr. Paul Spezia Treats Dupuytren’s Disease. 

WHO GETS IT?
This disease affects people of all races, but is more common in Caucasians whose ancestors are from northern Europe.  It is more common in men older than 50 years, but is also seen in woman and younger patients.

WHAT CAUSES IT?
The cause is unknown, but genetic factors seem to be important.  In addition, alcohol consumption, diabetes, and smoking remain among the leading factors involved.

WHAT DO I LOOK FOR?
Painless lumps appear in the palm, often just below the base of the finger.  Local pitting of the skin
may occur in response to the changing tissue layer.  Over time, nodules under your skin may appear as “rope-like” cords under your skin.  They may tighten, causing the finger to progressively bend toward the palm of the hand, resulting in what is called Dupuytren’s contracture.

Contact Dr. Spezia today if he can help you move past this condition and LIVE YOUR LIFE.



Tuesday, July 5, 2016

OWN Weight Loss Testimonial: Elizabeth Richards





Some individuals will reach a point in their life when they decide “enough is enough.” Many events may lead a person to this decision. When being overweight and unhealthy holds you back from playing with your children, taking a walk with your spouse, shopping with your daughter, or playing golf with a friend, maybe it is time to make a change.

OWN your weight loss, OWN your life!  Read Elizabeth's inspirational story below:

At 59 I had gained more pounds than I wanted to admit.  I was suffering with Osteoarthritis and getting hip injections for the pain and discomfort.  I had seen the Ideal Protein displays and made a decision to check into the program.  After much deliberation with my "inner self", I called Delia and moved forward with a drive and commitment to lose this extra weight.  My journey began on 1/1/2016 and as of 5/30/2016 I was at my goal weight and had lost 35 pounds.

Not only do I feel wonderful, but I love the new look and I have so much more energy!  I promise you that if you follow the the protocol and listen to your coach, you will succeed and will have the tools to manage your weight for life.

IT DOES WORK!

-Elizabeth Richards
St. Charles, MO

For more information on the Optimal Weight and Nutrition program, please call us at (636) 229-4214. We’ll be glad to put you in touch with your OWN coach.