Your metabolism encompasses all the chemical processes through which cells produce energy and compounds (like hormones) needed to keep your body running. A cluster of metabolic risk factors raises your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. They may occur independently, but once you present with three, your doctor may
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By now you may realize—because all of the body’s systems are interconnected—that there is usually more than one cause con-tributing to your fatigue. When one of your body’s systems is out of balance (if, for example, your HPA axis is malfunctioning be-cause of chronic stress), then other systems (like your
An astonishing 40 percent of U.S. adults will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that results primarily from abdominal obesity, which leads to resistance to the hormone insulin. Poorly controlled type 2 diabetes is associated with a shockingly wide range of life-threatening complications,
In the 4th century BCE, Greek physician Hippocrates transformed medicine with his holistic understanding of health and disease. Whereas previous generations of healers attributed illness to demons and cures to magic, Hippocrates based treatments on experimentation and rational evaluation of evidence, however limited on both counts. He saw the human
My goal as a doctor is to help my patients become healthy and stay that way. For many patients, that involves losing weight. Educating my patients about the real underlying causes of weight gain, teaching them about nutrition, and working with them to lose weight—focusing on healthy weight loss—is one
Roughly one-third of Americans have metabolic syndrome and need to be following a metabolic syndrome diet. But what’s the best diet plan? One diet does stand out among all the others. We guarantee it’s worth your while to learn about this amazing way of eating!
Inflammation is a term that’s commonly used but poorly grasped. “Think of inflammation as irritating chemicals that are released by your immune cells, producing swelling, redness, and pain,” says Susan Blum, MD, MPH, author of The Immune System Recovery Plan (Scribner, 2013). “When the immune system is triggered to release
Chronic inflammation is not only easy to test for, it is most effectively treated using natural and lifestyle therapies involving nutrition, stress reduction techniques, exercise, lifestyle changes, and supplements.