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5-Shot Friday for 4/6/18: Traitor Buds, iRecords, Perspective, NR, and Tweet Nicely

Welcome to the April 6th edition of 5-Shot Friday, featuring 5 things that can actually change something relating to health and wellness.

1. Your Buds Are Betraying You

Your Buds Are Betraying You

Granted, mice aren’t the same as humans, but Robin Dando’s lab at Cornell University’s department of food science found an interesting phenomenon: taste buds on fat mice wither away.

“The obese ones have about 25 percent fewer taste buds,” he says. Taste buds are structures on the tongue made up of about 100 cells and, when the mice got fat, Dando says the older cells were dying off more quickly and being replaced with new, young cells more slowly.”

“That blunting of taste may make it more difficult for obese individuals to adhere to certain diets, Morton says. With a diminished sense of taste, people need stronger, more richly flavored food in order to enjoy it as much as someone with 25 percent more taste buds. “Often that means more sugar and fat,” Morton says. “And more calories.”

Translation: it’s not your imagination – it IS harder, taste-wise, to stick to a diet when you need to lose weight, blander (read: healthier) foods really can seem unappealing. But the study also found that this reverses once the weight comes off, so 2nd translation: Stick with it, it gets better.

2. Tweet of the Week/Month: Apple’s Gamechanging Move Putting Health Records On Your Phone

Not quite “boom, drop mic,” but pretty close.

LOTS of pluses listed in that little tweet. Here’s a link to the longer explanation from CNBC.

3. Second Tweet of the Week: We Are A Speck of Lint Under A Fingernail Perspective

4. Sometimes, Supplements Seem To Work

Supplements

Shout out to Dr. Rhonda Patrick for flagging this article: a B vitamin precursor, nicotinamide riboside (NR), available in supplement form, was effective in a small clinical study in reducing blood pressure on par with exercise (actually better) and medication – while also mimicking the longevity benefits of calorie restriction.

5. Okay, ONE More Tweet of the Week: For The Children

And let’s be honest, a whole lot of adults:

From Dr. Kate Land (@KPkiddoc).

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Dr. Kim,  is the Medical Director of Family Care Centers, Former Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Hoag Hospital, and a recipient of the Physicians of Excellence award from the Orange County Medical Association. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine, and has been practicing in our community for over 20 years. He is an excellent, caring, and well­qualified physician who is dedicated to providing you with superior health care. A native of Los Angeles, he graduated from UCLA and received his medical training at the LAC­USC Medical Center. After completing his residency in Family Medicine, he accepted a sports medicine fellowship at San Jose Medical Center, an affiliate of Stanford University. He enjoys working with patients and families who are training or want to get back into an active lifestyle.

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