November Is Diabetes Month: Fighting Insulin Resistance

I have discussed in previous articles how impaired glucose metabolism, known as insulin resistance (IR), can seriously affect your health. The signs of insulin resistance usually present gradually and are often difficult to recognize or at least, difficult to specifically attribute to insulin resistance. They could include abdominal weight gain, fatigue, depressed mood and foggy … Continued

Anti-Aging Medicine

Just read an article on the Internet (where else!), called Selling the Promise of Youth, featuring one of the anti-aging doctors based in California. Obviously, the article was not written by one of his patients! It was not really hateful, but not warm and loving ether. Basically, the author portrayed us, Anti-Aging Physicians, that I’m … Continued

Testosterone, Supplements, and Athletic Performance

Whether you are a serious athlete or more of a recreational weekend warrior, nutrition is a very important aspect of athletic performance. You can expect your engine to run well when you supply it with good fuel. This of course starts with a healthy diet. Without going into great detail about diet, I instruct my … Continued

Should women take a multivitamin?

Should women take a vitamin and mineral supplement? A recent article from the Archives of Internal Medicine questions the benefits of multivitamins. This study was an observational study. 38,772 women self-reported their use of supplements for the years 1986, 1997, and 2004 via questionnaires The average age of the women in this study was 61. … Continued

Vitamins: Good, Bad, or Indifferent?

Headline news and USA Today stated that vitamins and supplements might actually increase mortality in elderly women. Are vitamins and nutrients really safe? Can natural products such as vitamins minerals and nutrients actually cause harm? After reviewing the article that USA Today is referring to, the only supplement that was found increased mortality was that … Continued

Vitamins

A new observational study recently published has been reviewed by USA Today. The study suggests that older women taking a variety of supplements may live less time than those who don’t. It is an interesting study that looks looks at self described vitamin usage without dose specificity or diagnoses. It doesn’t propose to convey that … Continued

Are vitamins harmful?

A recent study showed that certain vitamins may be harmful in older women. The major culprit was Iron. Typically, we do not give iron supplementation without first checking levels. The other issue was that calcium may be beneficial. This is contrary to a recent study that started the vitamin could actually worsen cardiovascular risk. One … Continued

Sunshine On My Shoulders Makes Me Happy

The signs are unmistakable. It is now the time of year again in the Upper Midwest when many of us are noticing the shortening of the days. For those who look forward to winter sports or pulling the snowmobile out of storage there can be a sense of excitement during this time. However for those … Continued

Medical Mondays: What are pharmaceutical grade supplements?

It seems that many doctors have different opinions as to which supplements patients should be taking on a regular basis. However, I’ve seen several instances where physicians are recommending pharmaceutical grade supplements. What makes a supplement pharmaceutical grade and why is it better for me than regular vitamins and supplements?