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The Miracle of Brown Fat

There are two colors of fat, brown fat and white fat. The fat we are most familiar with is white fat, which comprises most of the fat in the body. Most of the fat in our body is white fat. White fat is a storage depot for excess calories and provides insulation. White fat produces inflammation, an unhealthy situation for the body. Brown fat is a healthy type of metabolically active fat. Brown fat is named as such because it contains a lot of energy-generating mitochondria which gives rise to the color. Brown fat is considered “good” fat because it burns calories and generates body heat. There are different types of fat. Fat is actually a series of different types of tissues with different functions. The location of fat matters and that fat in the belly is the unhealthiest type of fat that leads to many of the problems we associate with obesity including insulin and leptin resistance. But location is not the only factor that distinguishes different types of fat.
Posted on October 12, 2011 Read More »

Enjoy Some Healthy Dark Chocolate

Make the holidays healthier by eating dark chocolate. A new study published in the British Medical Journal shows that eating chocolate is associated with a substantial reduction in the risk of cardiometabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart attacks and strokes.
Posted on August 30, 2011 Read More »

Low Testosterone

There are many causes for low testosterone, and finding the cause is as important as getting treated. The hypothalamus (part of the brain) and the pituitary gland control testosterone production from by the testicles, so problems with the brain or pituitary gland can be the main source of problems.
Posted on August 22, 2011 Read More »

Have Faith in Yourself

Recently a patient became very upset about her cholesterol test. She had her cholesterol tested six months ago and now six months later it was exactly the same. In the last six months, she had been very successful losing weight and had started an exercise program, exercising three or four days every week.
Posted on July 20, 2011 Read More »

Fixing Your Hungry Hormones (Part 2)

Fat on Fire Today, adipose tissue macrophages are the subject of intense investigation. Scientists have found that these special cells have a lot of special qualities that allow them to produce such high levels of inflammation chemicals. By better understanding the adipose tissue macrophage, scientists hope to unravel some of the complexity behind leptin resistance and ultimately develop new medications to treat obesity and all of the conditions caused by inflammation.
Posted on June 30, 2011 Read More »

Fixing Your Hungry Hormones (Part 1)

Losing weight is a proven strategy for alleviating both leptin resistance and insulin resistance. Even losing five or ten pounds can lessen the resistance enough to make a difference. When hormone resistance is less, your body works more efficiently and you don’t feel hungry at odd times. Your metabolism works better and you lose body fat. When you have insulin resistance and leptin resistance, losing weight becomes paramount.
Posted on June 16, 2011 Read More »

Leptin not working?

Leptin resistance means that your brain thinks you are starving when the reality is just the opposite. Dysfunctional leptin drives appetite and especially cravings for high calorie foods and junk foods. The brain is doing anything it can to prevent starvation.
Posted on May 24, 2011 Read More »

Hormones Too High?

This is the third in a series of articles on the basics of endocrinology. Hormone problems can occur if a gland makes too little or too much of a particular hormone. In my last article I discussed what happens when hormones are too low, such as with hypothyroidism, menopause or type 1 diabetes. But, problems can also occur when hormones are too high.
Posted on May 18, 2011 Read More »

Hormones Down?

Hormonal balance means that the body is functioning at its best. But what can happen if this balance gets off track? Having a hormone problem means that your hormones are too high, too low or just don’t work right.
Posted on May 11, 2011 Read More »

Hormones 101

When I was in the seventh grade, I remember my friend Michael Root’s science project on the endocrine system. As a twelve-year-old, I remember thinking to myself, what a complicated system. How do all these glands know what hormones to make and how do those hormones know what to do?
Posted on May 4, 2011 Read More »
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