No, cholesterol is not all evil. You need cholesterol to make all your sex hormones: Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, DHEA. You need cholesterol to make your adrenal hormones: DHEA, Corstisol and Aldosterone. Cholesterol is needed to make hormones for proper brain function: Pregnenalone, and all the sex hormones mentioned above.You need cholesterol to make the great “sun hormone” … Continued
I saw another patient in my surgical practice yesterday who had rid herself of horrendous headaches by religiously eliminating gluten from her diet. In my preventative medicine practice at BodylogicMD of Sacramento many symptoms including headaches, joint pain, rashes and GI symptoms seem to melt away once the diet is cleaned up by eliminating gluten. … Continued
Putting on the pounds is a very common, frustrating problem voiced by many of the baby boomers who seek help for this issue at BodyLogic MD Las Vegas. Looking in the mirror and seeing that middle girth grow, formation of love handles, enlarged buttocks, and thighs is a daily persistent challenge. Working out religiously, reducing … Continued
Many of our patients at BodylogicMD of Sacramento are concerned about being overweight. Fully 2/3 of Americans are overweight with half of those being obese. What an awful fix we are in. Although the type of food we eat and when we eat it plays a role in our metabolism, and hormone balance is an … Continued
The Healthiest Diet Ever wonder what is the healthiest way to eat? What is the best ‘diet’? Studies show that men living in the Mediterranean have the lowest incidence of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and the longest life expectancy! The Mediterranean diet can also decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s by 68%! Not only will the … Continued
A lot of times, when you’re craving a food, what you’re craving is actually something you’re allergic to, or that’s causing you problems. What I’ve found is that most people like that have to have a white-black thing. You have to be off it completely — it’s not something that you can just have once in a while.
I thank Dr. Pauline Chen for her article in The NY Times. It is very important to raise awareness about this issue. Even as medical technology progresses, we are becoming a much more unhealthy society, and I strongly believe that declining nutrition has a lot do with this. Yet many medical schools do not effectively teach about nutrition. Most physicians do not have adequate knowledge about nutrition and are unable to counsel their patients on the subject.
Many things can accelerate the decline of hormone levels in both sexes. Stress levels, diet, nutrition and lifestyles all contribute to hormone imbalance. Currently, one of the main culprits is stress. This is true because the stress hormone, cortisol, is built with the same building blocks as our sex hormones, DHEA, testosterone and estrogen. The more stress we have, the more cortisol we demand and the fewer building blocks we have to make our sex hormones.
I applaud Dr. Oz’s answer on Oprah show regarding andropause or as we like to call it Man-o-pause! For men Testosterone reaches a peak at around age 25-30 and then goes down at a rate of 1-2% per year which is why as Dr. Oz points out that the onset of symptoms is very slow and not very obvious to men. The changes with menopause tends to happen over a shorter period of time so women are more aware of the changes. Men may notice a lack of energy, declining memory, increased moodiness, a decrease in libido and/or erections and a loss in muscle tone, increase in fat and a loss of stamina. Levels of testosterone are easily checked in a blood test and can be corrected with testosterone therapy. In addtion to improving all of the above symptoms, replacing testosterone also decreases the risk of heart disease and alzheimer’s disease and can improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels among many other benefits. Many of the changes that men tend to chalk up to aging can be improved with testosterone therapy.