By Seth Marcus, MD

Dr. Marcus, Medical Director of the SouthEast Eosinophilic Disease (SEED) Center has kindly expanded on dietary relationships in this increasingly common disorder. Previously, he has written about Eosinophilic diseases and their treatment. (Do see those very instructive posts). We are grateful for his involvement with Nutrition4Kids Dr. Stan

By Dr. Seth Marcus

We are pleased to have another blogpost by Dr. Marcus, Medical Director of the SouthEast Eo-sinophilic Disease (SEED) Center. Previously, he has written about Eosinophilic Esophagits, an increasingly recognized problem, and its treatment (Do see those very instructive posts). Here he discusses that and other similar conditions and their relationship to foods--Dr. Stan

By Dr. Seth Marcus

In another blogpost, by Dr. Marcus, Medical Director of the SouthEast Eosinophilic Disease (SEED) Center discussed this increasingly common problem. Here he writes about treatment --Dr. Stan

There is no single accepted treatment for Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE). Medications can be used to decrease the inflammation, but treatment is largely focused on the fact that foods usually trigger the condition and removing certain foods seems to help.

By Dr. Seth Marcus

We are fortunate to have a number of blogposts by Dr. Marcus, Medical Director of the South-East Eosinophilic Disease (SEED) Center writing about these food reactions, their diagnosis and their treatment.--Dr. Stan

WATCHING YOUR CHILD’S WEIGHT IS NOT JUST ABOUT PREVENTING THEM FROM BECOMING TOO FAT OR TOO THIN—IT’S INTENDED TO HELP THEM DEVELOP HABITS AND KNOWLEDGE THAT WILL LAST THEIR LIFETIME

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The focus is not on a restricted diet or on losing weight at all in most cases. My intention, and hopefully yours, is to create A Healthy Lifestyle For a Lifetime. Food selection and eating is a large part of the picture, but only a part. We need to help our children meet their nutritional needs and develop a regular pattern of physical activity.

Diabetes is a group of diseases where blood sugar (glucose) levels are not well regulated.  An inadequate supply of insulin, the hormone that allows glucose to enter the body's cells, or the body's resistance to that hormone, causes the disorder.  And problems develop either because glucose is unable to enter the cells and do its work as an energy source or because the high glucose levels damage the body's tissues.

How Does Diabetes Show Up?

The signs and symptoms are typically the result of high blood sugar levels:

How can we possibly decrease Diabetes when we know that the disease is increasing? Especially when it's increasing so fast that it actually has doubled in the last 20 years, with over 14 million Americans affected -- at the staggering cost of well over a 140 billion dollars a year,

With 1 percent of nearly everyone on earth having celiac disease, and gluten sensitivity seemingly even more common, you can easily understand why numerous researchers are testing out different ways to help. Some of the research is focused on trying to understand non-celiac gluten sensitivity and to find the similarities and differences with celiac disease--and to find reliable tests to show who might be gluten sensitive. Other research is looking to find ways to genetically modify wheat and other grains so that they don't contain gluten.

In other blogposts, I've discussed the medical aspects of being overweight and the risks that rise as a child's weight increases. But their problems are limited to the eventual diabetes, heart and lung disease they may have as they get older.

Restaurants, buffets and even the school cafeteria can present particular difficulties for parents who are trying to encourage healthy eating for themselves and their children. It almost seems that calories are almost like aliens hiding in the foods and trying to get inside your children so they can gain control. And in many ways, that's close to being true. Calories are often too abundant, and they are hiding--because you're not exactly sure how much butter, oil and breading are being used to cook the food. But there's several things you can do:

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