Diabetes Education

2. Every new year we make resolutions to change our lives for the better. The top resolution: Weight loss. That's not surprising because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that obesity in the U.S. is an epidemic-two of three adults are now overweight. While many people know obesity can cause heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, many don't realize that being overweight or obese is associated with an increased risk of 13 types of cancer: Meningioma, multiple myeloma, adenocarcinoma of the esophagus, and cancers of the thyroid, postmenopausal breast, gallbladder, stomach, liver, pancreas, kidney, ovaries, uterus, colon and rectum. These cancers can be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight. Dosher provides a comprehensive weight-loss program to help patients lose weight and stay healthy. Contact me for more information at 910-454-4731 or vickiallen@dosher.org.

1. As a registered dietitian, keeping up with the latest news and research related to nutrition is an important part of my job. Just last month I came across an article describing the results of a recent study conducted by Duke University School of Medicine which showed that calorie restriction, independent of weight loss, decreased the rate of aging in humans. This had been shown in worms, insects and mice but until now, not in humans. It is a well-known fact that restricting calories helps prevent and improve chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity but now we can add "anti-aging." Here at Dosher, we are dedicated to providing excellent healthcare and that is why we are now offering a new, medically supervised weight loss and weight management program to the residents of Brunswick County. For more information on any dietary topics, contact me at 910-454-4731 or vickiallen@dosher.org.

Vicki Allen, RDN,LDN,CDE
Director, Dietetic Services and Outpatient Diabetes Education/Weight Management
Dosher Memorial Hospital


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