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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 »

The Obesity Epidemic: Part 4

We are in denial. 9 out of 10 people believe they eat a healthy diet. Compared to 100 years ago, Americans consume 62% more meat, 870% more cheese, 1600% more frozen dairy products and 2400% more oil. On any given day, 95% of Americans do not exercise. According to researchers at Yale University, 84% of parents take their children to a fast food restaurant at least once a week.
Posted on April 27, 2011 Read More »

The Obesity Epidemic: Part 3

You don't have to be overweight to develop health problems that are typically thought to occur in overweight people. Research from the Mayo Clinic has found that normal-weight people who have a high percentage of body fat are four times more likely to have insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.
Posted on April 20, 2011 Read More »

The Obesity Epidemic, Part 2

As the obesity epidemic is increasing, the comorbidities of obesity are also increasing at a dramatic and accelerated rate, as are the costs.
Posted on April 13, 2011 Read More »
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