When was the last time you felt refreshed and renewed after a night’s sleep? Ever heard the old adage “Quality over Quantity” – well, that applies to your sleep too! When we get consistent restorative sleep, our bodies and minds function optimally, our hormones and neurotransmitters have an opportunity to replenish and our overall health … Continued
Are you tired all of the time? Do you feel like you have less energy than you used to? Has your libido plummeted? Are you experiencing hot flashes or night sweats? Have you been gaining more weight lately and don’t know why? If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you might be suffering from a hormonal imbalance.
While cholesterol is an essential material, high levels of cholesterol flowing through the bloodstream can actually lead to the development of a condition called atherosclerosis, which is the gradual build-up of plaque along the inner walls of veins and arteries.
It’s estimated that about 19 million American adults suffer from depression. Clinical depression is a serious medical condition that, if left untreated, can cause a wide range of health challenges and interfere with your everyday life. According to Pittsburgh bioidentical hormones expert Keith Wharton, M.D., Medical Director of BodyLogicMD of Pittsburgh, the key to effectively treating the depression is identifying where the problem is stemming from in the first place.
I am post-menopausal and have been for four years now. Life after menopause has it’s ups and downs. I fortunately enjoy a fantastic sex life; however, menopause has left me with a flabby tummy and fat on my back, upper hips and my lats! I eat well – low fat, quality protein, complex carbs, lots of fruit and vegetables and tons of water! What’s the connection between menopause and weight gain and what can I do about it?
Oftentimes my patients have seen multiple doctors and although they were getting some symptom relief from various medications, they really want to get to the root of the problem – they want an answer as to why they have chronic fatigue – fibromyalgia – abnormally low testosterone levels – and more importantly, what can be done to fix it. When you get to the root cause of illness, you can not only reverse the process, but also improve the patients overall quality of life.
Our bodies are comprised of trillions upon trillions of cells and these cells rely on hormones – the body’s chemical messengers – to communicate with one another and function optimally. As we age and our hormones begin to decline, a diverse range of systemic physiological effects take place throughout the body. However, age is not the only factor – hormonal imbalance can occur in children and young adults as well and the result is just the same. Even the minutest hormonal imbalance can spell disaster for our overall health…
Shape magazine recently featured singer and songwriter Jewel in their July cover story, discussing her stuggles with weight gain and chronic fatigue on account of hypothyroidism.
As a gynecologist working primarily in the field of hormone replacement for the past 8 years, saliva testing is an integral part of how I treat my patients. In my OB/GYN residency, I was taught to prescribe as Dr. Utian says: start with low doses and increase according to symptoms. Well, it just plain doesn’t work to do it that way. Without testing patients’ hormone levels, it is impossible to determine if a patient’s symptoms of hair loss are from low estrogen, high cortisol or low thyroid. All 3 hormonal imbalances can lead to the same set of symptoms.
Are you constantly stressed out? Tired all the time? Stress is a natural part of life, but chronic stress – stress we face on a day-to-day basis- can wear us down be damanging to our overall health.
Cortisol is a hormone, produced by the adrenal glands, responsible for helping the body cope with stress. On a short term level, cortisol can be life-saving; however, the overproduction of cortisol can interfere with the function of other hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone.