Archives / 2012 / September
  • The sour side of sugary drinks and what family physicians can do about obesity

    Tags: obesity, sugar-sweetened beverages, family physician, weight of the nation, weight loss

    Regularly drinking sugar-sweetened beverages like soda and sports drinks will make you fat.

    By now this is an old message, but it gains more ground with each new article, study, or documentary released about the American obesity epidemic. The latest research comes from three studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Two of the studies found that drinking noncaloric drinks could lower children’s weight gain, and the third study found that people with a genetic predisposition for weight gain were twice as likely to gain weight if they drank sugary beverages compared to people who did not drink these beverages.

    One of the studies’ authors, Dr. David Ludwig from Boston Children’s Hospital, told Reuters Health, “I know of no other category of food whose elimination can produce weight loss in such a short period of time. The most effective single target for an intervention aimed at reducing obesity is sugary beverages.”

  • It’s time to fight for the Statewide Primary Care Preceptorship Program

    Tags: preceptorship, family medicine, bias, corkran

    You never know how the choices you make today might dramatically affect your future, how a few seemingly insignificant weeks can alter the trajectory of your life. That’s the hope and the promise of the Texas Statewide Primary Care Preceptorship Program.

    As Travis Bias, D.O., told TAFP’s Kate Alfano for an article in the fall 2010 edition of Texas Family Physician, he entered medical school expecting to become an orthopedic surgeon. He worried about the debt he would accrue during his medical education and believed he’d have to pursue a more lucrative specialty to pay it off more quickly.

    Then he completed his family medicine preceptorship as a requirement of his medical school curriculum, and now, Bias is a family doctor.