When I was trained as a physician, we were taught that if a person lives in the south (south of Virginia) – it is not necessary to check for vitamin D levels. Of course over the past few years, the importance of vitamin D and its rampant deficiency has become evident. Therefore,
Did you know that as we get older our muscle mass begins to decline and is often replaced with fat? As we approach midlife and after the age of 50, muscle strength becomes paramount in age management medicine. Losing muscle strength makes individuals more prone to injuries and actually increases their fracture
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
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
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,
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
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
The USA Today published an article summarizing a study that appeared in The Archives of Internal Medicine this week. The study concluded that elderly women who take vitamins on a regular basis had a higher mortality rate than those who don’t. It is good that studies like this are being conducted. It
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
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.
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?
With traditional medicine, we’re generally just treating the symptoms, or the complaint that you came in for. And those symptoms and complaints can resurface. So you might come back in another month, or another three months, with the same problem. Reactive treatment is more costly and often requires more doctor visits, and more labs need to be drawn. On the other hand, with preventative medicine, we look at ways to prevent the problem before-hand. We stay up to date with the studies on preventing disease. And when these studies show that vitamin D, fish oil, or multivitamins could potentially prevent a disease, then we can offer those supplements before the disease becomes a problem.
The BodyLogicMD strategy focuses on preventative medicine. But just what does that mean? And how is it different from traditional medicine? The key lies in maintaining good health and preventing disease through a whole-body approach to medicine.
I really want to do everything in my power to get healthy in the coming New Year. I've started working out here and there and I've also eliminated certain foods from my diet that were likely doing more harm than good. I used to take a women's multi-vitamin, but a girlfriend of mine recently told me that I should be careful when using supplements/vitamins, because many are not as effective or safe as the manufacturers claim. What are some supplements that you would recommend for a menopausal woman?