28 Sep

Finding the Perfect Thyroid Medication (Part 2)

Hormones, Thyroid, Weight Loss 39 Comments by Scott Isaacs, M.D.
New research has found that a relatively common genetic mutation can result in impaired ability of the body to convert inactive T4 to active T3. This mutation of the type 2 deiodinase gene known as Thr92Ala predicts decreased responsiveness of symptoms of hypothyroidism to levothyroxine treatment, even if blood tests are normal.
27 Sep

Finding the Perfect Thyroid Medication (Part 1)

Hormones, Thyroid, Weight Loss 32 Comments by Scott Isaacs, M.D.
If there’s a positive aspect about hypothyroidism is that it is treatable. Although it may take time to find the ideal treatment, in my experience, most people do eventually achieve ideal thyroid hormone balance. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment. You need to work with your physician (preferably an endocrinologist) closely to make sure you are taking the right type and the correct dose of thyroid medication.
19 Sep

Can Probiotics Help You Lose Weight?

Based on the results of this study, one might conclude that replacing harmful bacteria in the gut to a healthier gut flora might result in a reduction in the components of metabolic syndrome. The hope is that probiotics would result in weight loss, decreased waist circumference, lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar and improved cholesterol profile.
10 Sep

How Hormones Sabotage Your Weight Loss

Hormones, Metabolism, Weight Loss 3 Comments by Scott Isaacs, M.D.
We’re not just talking menopause. Sleep deprivation, stress, and a bad diet can cause imbalances in the chemicals that regulate appetite, metabolism, and fat storage.
03 Sep

The Secret to a Faster Metabolism

Hormones, Metabolism, Weight Loss 1 Comment by Scott Isaacs, M.D.
Although genetics and your age both play a role, recent studies suggest you have plenty of say over how well your metabolism functions.
28 Aug

Are the Bacteria in Your Gut Making You Fat?

A new study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore has shown that certain strains of bacteria are associated with increased risk for the components of metabolic syndrome.
23 Aug

Irregular Sleeping and Eating Patterns Slow Metabolism and Boost Appetite

Hormones, Metabolism, Weight Loss No Comments by Scott Isaacs, M.D.
It is well known that when people don’t get enough sleep, they eat more calories than when they're well rested. Poor quality sleep stimulates hunger hormones boosting appetite and increasing cravings for unhealthy comfort foods like ice cream and fast food.
20 Aug

“Zero Calorie” Butter Spray Actually Contains Hundreds of Calories

Weight Loss 2 Comments by Scott Isaacs, M.D.
Butter flavor sprays like Parkay spray and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray are labeled as having zero calories per spray. There is a loophole in the guidelines for labeling, which allows the product to claim it has zero calories when it actually it is a high-calorie product. A single spray has 0.8 calories and 0.085 grams of fat.
16 Aug

A Cure for Diabetes

Diabetes, Hormones, Weight Loss No Comments by Scott Isaacs, M.D.
The plan worked, big-time. By February, she had lost 50 pounds. She no longer needed meds to stabilize her blood sugar, or the drug she'd been on for high blood pressure; both were at normal levels. "At my last checkup, my doctor told me I basically wasn't diabetic anymore," she marveled, now 100 pounds lighter than when she started. "I didn't know that was possible."
15 Aug

9 Easy Ways to Supercharge Your Metabolism

Ah, the M word. If you were lucky enough to hit the genetic jackpot and score a metabolism that burns calories at lightning speed, then hey, good for you! But for the rest of us, here are some easy ways to supercharge your metabolism.
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