Santa Claus Declared "Fit for Duty" at
DALLAS, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Santa Claus, a.k.a. Kris Kringle, was declared "fit for duty" yesterday at
Jane Sadler, M.D., Santa's physician, said that despite a slightly high blood sugar level -- most likely due to over-consumption of sweets through the years -- Santa is otherwise in excellent health.
"Instead of cookies, maybe families should leave him some fruits and vegetables this year or perhaps nuts high in omega-three fatty acids," says Dr. Sadler. "Anything high in protein or rich in nutrients is a good alternative. Leave the milk, but make sure it's low-fat," she adds.
Like many annual physicals, Santa's exam included a weight check, blood pressure screening, nutritional counseling and a conversation about family medical history in addition to annual health screenings for heart disease and cancer. Since Santa is not a smoker and exercises at least 30 minutes a day, he is considered in general good health. However, Dr. Sadler says that his excess abdominal fat or "bowl full of jelly" is an indicator for metabolic syndrome -- a combination of elevated blood pressure and cholesterol and high blood glucose levels.
"Metabolic syndrome is extremely common, especially in men, so I have recommended to Santa that he increase his physical activity level and maintain a healthier diet," explains Dr. Sadler, a family medicin
|SOURCE Baylor Health Care System|
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