Margie Balas-Nakash

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Dietary and lifestyle changes in Mexico have been linked to an increase in chronic diseases such as obesity and cardiovascular disease. Important dietary changes such as an increase in the consumption of energy-dense foods (high in oils, animal or processed fats, and sugars) have been recently reported. The objective of this study was to identify how key(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize the nutritional status of school-aged children from an urban public school in Mexico City, Mexico, and to assess the influence of obesity on health status in a subgroup of these children. DESIGN Cross-sectional descriptive study. A nutrition screening was done for all children, including anthropometric (ie, weight, height, and(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the effects of two groups of exercise routines on cardiovascular disease risk markers. MATERIAL AND METHODS An intervention study was conducted with 319 Mexican school-aged children in which routines were implemented Monday through Friday for 12 weeks. Routine A was the reference group, with 20 min of less intense activity and routine(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aims to examine the association between dietary changes and improvement of metabolic syndrome components in Mexican postmenopausal women receiving two different nutrition interventions. METHODS Women (n = 118) with metabolic syndrome were randomly assigned to group 1 (n = 63; structured hypocaloric diet) or group 2 (n = 55; behavioral(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the differences in inflammation markers and cardiovascular risk factors in a group of school-aged children with and without excessive adiposity. To examine the relationship between adiposity, inflammation, and cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS Cross-sectional study of 285 school children (8-12 years old). Adiposity (body mass(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aims to compare the effects of a lifestyle intervention using a behavioral therapy (BT) approach with the effects of a cardioprotective structured hypocaloric diet on metabolic syndrome in Mexican postmenopausal women. METHODS This study is a randomized clinical trial (2006-2009) of Mexican postmenopausal women with metabolic syndrome(More)
INTRODUCTION The measurement of adherence to nutrition therapy is essential to evaluate if the outcomes are related to given recommendations. MATERIAL AND METHODS The aim of this study was to describe adherence to a Medical Nutrition Therapy Program in Mexican pregnant women with diabetes, using three different methods; and evaluate its association with(More)
Background. Due to the higher prevalence of obesity and diabetes mellitus (DM), more pregnant women complicated with diabetes are in need of clinical care. Purpose. Compare the effect of including only low glycemic index (GI) carbohydrates (CHO) against all types of CHO on maternal glycemic control and on the maternal and newborn's nutritional status of(More)
UNLABELLED Diabetes in pregnancy is a major public health problem in Mexico. Nutrition therapy is an important component of treatment. Intensive nutrition intervention has not been implemented for Mexican pregnant women with diabetes. Its effect on different types of diabetes mellitus has not been studied. PURPOSE The authors assessed the effect of a(More)
INTRODUCTION Postmenopausal women have excess adiposity due to the lack of estrogens, which is related with an increase in the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MS) risk factors. Few equations have been developed to measure body fat mass (FM) by bioelectric impedance (BIA) for Mexican women and none of the existing equations have been evaluated in Mexican(More)