The long road to Type 2 Diabetes

More than 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and an additional 85 million are prediabetic. Several million others remain undiagnosed[i]. How could this serious condition have gotten so out of hand and yet affect so many people? Partly because it has no symptoms, especially in the early stages.

A recently published large study of more than 27,000 individuals found that indicators of Type 2 Diabetes were evident “more than 20 years before its diagnosis”[ii]. (Unfortunately, lab tests used to indicate insulin resistance, the main predictor of future Diabetes, are complex and not yet standard in clinical settings). This same study concluded that prevention of Diabetes should therefore begin long before even pre-Diabetes is identified. So if you’re waiting until it’s “official”, that’s probably far too long.

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Hypothyroidism: the bigger picture

Hypothyroidism is the name given to a condition characterized by underfunction of the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck below the Adam’s apple. Hormones produced by the thyroid affect many important body functions Including lipid metabolism and carbohydrate metabolism, growth, the cardiovascular system and the reproductive system.

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Is menopause here already?

Perimenopause refers to the stage in a woman’s life that precedes menopause, which is determined to be when menstruation has stopped for at least 12 months. The average age of menopause is 51 years old, but the period leading up to that, perimenopause, typically begins in the mid-40s, sometimes earlier and occasionally much earlier. Perimenopausal symptoms can be disruptive and distressing, especially for women who are not anticipating them.

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4 letters we don't want to hear: PCOS

(Yes, this is a pomegranate, somewhat similar to but easier to look at than, a polycystic ovary).

10% of all women of child-bearing age have it, along with 75% of women with irregular periods, and it is the most common cause of female-associated problems with infertility. So if you have been diagnosed with it, you have lots of company.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, usually begins around the time of first menstruation, but it can also start much later in a woman’s life. And there is often a long delay before it is even suspected or diagnosed. The most important thing about PCOS to remember, however, is that it is a condition involving the entire endocrine system: despite the name, PCOS not just about the ovaries.

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Are you an emotional eater?

There has been a lot of discussion recently about emotional eating, but what are some signs you might have this problem? First, we need to understand the purpose of eating.

Food in the modern world serves three main purposes. The first is obvious: we need it to sustain life. We get that sustenance from protein, healthy fats, carbohydrates, as well as micronutrients like zinc, potassium and magnesium.

We should recognize when we’re hungry, eat only when we’re hungry, and stop when our bodies tell us we have eaten enough. Yes, this is possible!

Believe it or not, we should also and without much thought desire foods we need.

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Oh my! My migraine!

Migraine headaches are not rare. We all know at least one person who gets them, and maybe that person is you!

Those of us who have actually suffered from migraines belong to an exclusive club-- one where life and the rest of the world stops while we have a headache. Before seeking homeopathic care, I was getting migraines every couple of weeks for several years, losing days of functioning at a time. But there are some less fortunate than I was, who have more days with migraines than without them.

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4 reasons why you can’t keep the weight off

There are lots of one-size-fits-all do-it-yourself ways to drop that excess weight quickly: paleo, keto, low-carb, etc.. Then there are other more expensive regimes that involve purchasing powders, patches or prepared meals that are sent to your house. Some claim these programs hold the “secret formula” to sustained weight loss.

But there are others who have tried many programs over the years and have found that all that weight lost at such great effort (and expense) is gained back not long after the powders, patches or meals are stopped or the program finishes…

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