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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 »

The Obesity Epidemic: Part 1

The obesity epidemic in the US continues to get worse. Most people aren't really aware of what is happening to the tsunami of obesity and the medical problems that go along with this.
Posted on April 6, 2011 Read More »

How Your Biological Clock Affects Your Health and Your Weight

Your circadian rhythm is the 24-hour clock that drives wakefulness and sleep. Disruptions to this biological clock have profound effects on our bodies and our hormones. New research has identified genes for the biological clock, known as clock genes, which may be the basis for metabolic diseases like obesity, diabetes and insulin resistance.
Posted on March 30, 2011 Read More »

Curbing the Diabetes Epidemic

The rate of diabetes continues to climb in the United States and throughout the world. Once considered an unusual diagnosis, diabetes has become one of the most common forms of chronic illness in the world today.
Posted on March 23, 2011 Read More »

Lowering Cholesterol When Diet and Exercise Aren’t Enough

What do you do when diet and exercise aren’t enough to lower your cholesterol? Statin medications are the first choice for lowering cholesterol, because they have a proven track record of decreasing heart attacks and strokes as well as prolonging life. Other options exist as well.
Posted on March 16, 2011 Read More »
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