Tag Archives: insulin resistance

Obesity, abnormal hair growth and lack of menstruation: Symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome

May 9, 2013

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by Sima Aidun —  Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a health problem that can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, fertility, hormones, insulin production, heart, blood vessels and appearance, is the most common hormonal reproductive problem in women of child-bearing age. PCOS is seen in four to 10 percent of women of reproductive age. While the cause […]

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Are you an apple or a pear?

January 8, 2013

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by Joanne Henning Tedesco — Do you have a Buddha belly or big hips? It makes a difference in your overall health. In fact, research shows that people with an apple-shaped figure are at greater risk for insulin resistance, diabetes and heart disease than their pear-shaped counterparts. The reason is that the accumulation of fat […]

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Stress, exercise, aging and the metabolic syndrome

September 9, 2012

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by Dr. Thomas Alexander —  If a patient with insulin resistance were to ask me, “Doc, give me just one thing I can do to improve my insulin resistance,” I would probably have to say, “Exercise.” Since the word exercise can have many negative connotations, let’s use the term physical activity instead. When we were […]

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Overcoming PCOS for fertility

August 11, 2012

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by MaryAnn Shostek —  Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a complex disorder in which patients experience few and, in extreme cases, no menstrual periods. This is due to the fact that the menstrual cycle is out of order and the patient is not ovulating. This often is accompanied by hormone irregularities, including increased androgen (testosterone) […]

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Longevity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and you

August 7, 2012

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by Dr. Thomas Alexander —  One of the buzzwords in holistic medicine today is anti-aging, which I prefer to call aging gracefully without loss of body function. Often ignored is a syndrome called metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance, which is one of the most common causes of aging today. The characteristics listed below define this […]

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“Whole”istic medicine — Jill’s story

August 1, 2012

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by Dr. Thomas Alexander —  It’s almost midnight. Jill tosses around in bed unable to fall asleep. The events of the last two years flash through her mind as she thinks about her doctor’s appointment in the morning. She’s not sure exactly when it all happened. She remembers what was probably the initial trauma in […]

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Hypoglycemia, fibromyalgia connected

February 26, 2012

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by Dr. Kenneth F. Muhich —  Hypoglycemia syndrome is a condition of low glucose (blood sugar) levels. Glucose is a source of both physical (muscle) and mental (brain) energy. The brain, representing only 2 percent of the body’s weight, has no energy stores of its own, yet it requires about 60 percent of the body’s […]

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