American College of Sports Medicine, Coca-Cola bring free online exercise toolkit to patients
ATLANTA To help make it easier for consumers to stick to an exercise regimen, the American College of Sports Medicine, in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, has launched the Exercise is Medicine Public Toolkit patient program.
The “medicine cabinet” of physical activity tools will help consumers plan their exercise regimen, track it and stick to it more easily.
Exercise is Medicine was initially introduced to physicians nationwide in 2007 with a goal of increasing patient-physician dialogue around the importance of physical fitness. It encourages doctors to assess and review every patient’s physical activity levels at each checkup, the same way other vital signs like blood pressure and cholesterol are recorded.
“Exercise is Medicine encourages consumers to speak with their physicians about an appropriate level of exercise to help achieve and maintain good health,” said Celeste Bottorff, VP, Living Well, Coca-Cola North America. “A healthy lifestyle that includes a sensible, balanced diet combined with regular physical activity is an essential ‘prescription’ for balanced living that can include all foods and beverages.”
The free downloadable “Public Toolkit,” available at www.exerciseismedicine.org, includes step-by-step instructions for consumers to work with a health care provider to determine the right dose of exercise. Patients can use the kit’s “Dear Health Care Professional” letter to ask their doctor to review and record their physical activity as part of a comprehensive visit.
The program promotion will coincide with National Physical Fitness Month, which occurs in May.
New supplement designed for weight-loss surgery patients
ST. LOUIS Undergoing weight-loss surgery means making sacrifices, particularly in the area of food, but this can sometimes place patients at risk for vitamin and mineral deficiencies. A company in St. Louis, however, has created a prescription nutritional supplement for patients who have undergone the surgery.
ProBarimin QT, made by Fleming Pharmaceuticals, is a fruit-flavored supplement that dissolves in the mouth.
“Although there are over-the-counter supplements for WLS patients, ProBarimin QT is specially formulated to meet the unique nutritional and intake requirements of WLS patients,” Fleming president Phill Dritsas said.
The supplement includes vitamins such as B12, C and D and minerals such as iron, selenium and zinc.
The patent for the supplement is pending.
Study: Probiotic strain effective in alleviating IBS
CLEVELAND A new study published in the March issue of Postgraduate Medicine found that a strain of probiotic bacteria, Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, PTA-6086 was effective in relieving abdominal pain and bloating in subjects with irritable bowel syndrome.
As many as 25% of the U.S. population suffer from IBS, a condition characterized by a number of digestive problems. The new study adds to the growing body of evidence that certain probiotics can help with IBS and provides hope for IBS sufferers of a new option.
“IBS is the most common functional gastrointestinal disorder and represents a tremendous public health problem,” stated Nicholas Talley, author of a scientific review article about the impact functional gastrointestinal disorders have on society.
The study found that subjects taking the Bacillus coagulans probiotic strain experienced statistically significant reductions in abdominal pain and bloating versus baseline at each of the weekly measurements taken throughout the 8-week study. Subjects taking placebo experienced statistically significant reductions in just two of the weekly abdominal pain measurements and saw no statistically significant effect in bloating.
“This study helps confirm that Bacillus coagulans is effective in IBS,” stated Larysa Hun, author of the 44-subject study. “A combination of Bacillus coagulans, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Streptococcus thermophilus was previously shown in a clinical trial to significantly improve IBS symptoms, but it was not possible to determine what effect, if any, each strain had by itself.”