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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 »

The Cure for Low Blood Sugar

When blood sugar drops rapidly, symptoms come on strong. What we can do is fight the appetite and urge to sleep, engage in some physical activity. We can do something to maintain or raise our metabolism and level out our blood sugar.
Posted on March 9, 2011 Read More »

Snacking Helps Balance Blood Sugar and Boosts Metabolism

Healthy snacks Snacking is a great way to balance your blood sugar because you don’t overwhelm your body with a lot of sugar all at one time. Eating a huge portion of a so-called “healthy” food, such as beans or lentils, can prompt an insulin surge as easily as a Twinkie.
Posted on March 2, 2011 Read More »

A New Way to Think About Dieting

In a study of over 180,000 dieters, it was concluded that 83% of people who start a diet pick one that is virtually guaranteed to fail. Ninety-eight percent of people who lose weight on a diet gain it all back within five years. Some gain more than that.
Posted on February 23, 2011 Read More »

Are your hormones making you gain weight?

Medical schools don’t teach much about disorders caused by a mild overproduction or hormone deficiency, receptor problems or other ways hormones could go haywire. The result: many doctors forget to look for any type of hormonal disorder. But that can have costly effects for patients in more ways than one.
Posted on February 16, 2011 Read More »

Don’t blame me: It’s all in my genes!

Genes, personal choices and a society that encourages high calorie foods and discourages exercise all play a role in body weight. But, genetic differences may explain why some people gain weight despite a healthy lifestyle while others stay lean without exercising much or paying much attention to what they eat.
Posted on February 9, 2011 Read More »

Super Bowl Diet Survival Guide

Super Bowl Sunday is the first “holiday” of the year that can derail your New Year’s diet and exercise resolution. You don’t have to let that happen.
Posted on February 2, 2011 Read More »

Borderline thyroid tests: When should you take thyroid medication?

When facing weight gain, people go to the doctor, suspect the thyroid, get the routine “TSH” test and are told it is probably not the problem. But often it is.
Posted on January 27, 2011 Read More »
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