With the incidence of diabetes rising in the United States, it is becoming a major health concern as diabetes causes an increase in both morbidity and mortality. The United States is currently spending more than $100 billion annually in the cost of diabetic care. Twenty to twenty five million Americans are thought
Today is November 1, the first day of American Diabetes Month. Very often I hear the question how can I avoid diabetes as I get older? The first step is to try to maintain and ideal body fat/body weight. If you have access to body fat testing, ideally men in their 30s
We see many patients in the office for bioidentical hormone therapy that at the same time have some sort of glucose or sugar metabolism disorder. Many patients have been to their primary care doctor and are simply told to diet and exercise when they find out their blood sugar is elevated We
I saw a patient today that recently saw their primary care doctor for a diabetes check up. He is on medication for diabetes,hypertension and hyperlipidemia and came to see me with complaints of fatigue and an inability to lose weight despite what he thought was proper diet and exercise. After evaluation of
I’m very excited to welcome you all to my first blog. I plan to discuss different topics that are really exciting. Some of the topics will be common to everyone and other topics will be more specialized. Hopefully there will be information in each blog entry that people can take away something
Diabetes is a scourge that is wreaking havoc in our country and creating immeasurable damage to our collective health and wealth. It’s estimated that one-third of children born since the year 2000 will grow up to become diabetics. Fortunately, diabetes is fully preventable. Our lifestyle choices and food selections continue to fuel this devastating disease. Obesity, a growing epidemic, sets the stage for inflammation and toxicity that can tax our abilities to manage our endocrine system efficiently and this failure oftentimes leads to diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
November is marked as American Diabetes Month – a national campaign organized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) aimed at increasing public awareness about diabetes prevention and control. Since 1987, death rates have increased by nearly 50 percent and researchers estimate that if current trends continue, one out of every three children born today will face diabetes in their future. BodyLogicMD bioidentical hormones expert and board certified endocrinologist, Lisa Gorn, D.O. claims the best defense against diabetes is a well-balanced lifestyle.
Stress prompts the release of cortisol, a corticosteroid hormone that is produced the adrenal glands that sit atop the kidneys. Cortisol is the body’s “fight or flight” response to stress and helps the give the metabolism a much needed boost in times of peril. However, when produced in large quantities, cortisol can wreak havoc on the body and many of the body’s biological processes.
According to an article recently published on WorldHealth.net, chronic stress can lead to cognitive decline in type II diabetics. Produced by the adrenal glands, the “stress hormone” known as cortisol is produced as the body’s natural “fight or flight” response to elevated stress levels; however, scientists have found that diabetics with high morning cortisol levels demonstrate lower mental acuity.
In most Diabetics, a waning libido is oftentimes the result of diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage) to the nerves that prompt sexual arousal and desire.
According to a recent article published on HealthKey.com, “adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates about two to four times higher than adults without diabetes.”
According to a recent article published on EndocrineToday.com, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) now advocates the use of the HbA1c assay for diagnosing diabetes. Although the HbA1c assay was not previously endorsed by the ADA, due to a lack of standardization, many physicians specializing in integrative and functional medicine have been using the assessment to screen for and diagnose diabetes for years.
Recent studies have revealed a startling correlation between sleep apnea and diabetes. Did you know that one-third of all Americans with diabetes and 80% of all men suffering from moderate to severe sleep apnea haven’t even been diagnosed yet? What’s even more alarming is that scientists have said that sleep apnea and diabetes go hand in hand.
Exercising regularly, eating and sleeping well, and meditating each day help improve a man’s overall health and well-being. Other ways to reduce stress include solving the cause of stress, avoiding stressful situations, accepting things you can’t change, avoid procrastination, and don’t overload yourself. While taking these approaches, it is important to keep a positive attitude. Most importantly, when you do something good for yourself you should celebrate your victory and recognize the hard work you put into your efforts. All of these steps should help a man lead a less stressful and healthier life.