I just finished reading Paul Graham’s book chronicling his diagnosis of celiac disease, followed by 2 years of coming to terms with the elimination of all things gluten, from his world. He is an accomplished cook and was brewer of his own beer (but he gave that up with much regret after his diagnosis). I
We typically think of testosterone as the manly hormone, especially in regard to sexual function of men. Research shows that men with low testosterone, and even testosterone levels in the lower end of the normal range, have higher risks for diabetes, heart disease, cognitive dysfunction (poor brain function), bone density loss/osteoporosis, abnormal lipid lab tests.
A lot of people rely on their annual physical and labwork to decide if they are healthy. Lungs sound good, heart ticking regularly, feeling pretty good… routine labs like chemistries, complete blood count, lipids good… therefore, all must be well, right? Well, maybe. But, maybe not! How can you tell how you are doing –
If you need thyroid hormone, there are a number of options to choose from. In general, side effects are limited to the symptoms of hypothyroidism if you are not taking enough (dry skin, fatigue, weight gain, foggy brain, heavy periods, muscle aches, constipation, depression, feeling cold). If you take too much, then you might experience
Have you been told that your thyroid tests are normal, but you still wonder if something is not right? Are you confused with all of the test names and result ranges? Let me help you understand what those tests mean, and what they mean for you. The brain controls how much thyroid hormone is produced
Chronic, widespread pain and achiness, debilitating fatigue – most would get a diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). But, before making that diagnosis, it is important to rule out other disorders that masquerade as fibromyalgia. Research shows that of people diagnosed with FMS, up to 66% may actually have another diagnosis. In classic FMS, people experience
Have you been told you have hypothyroidism? Do you take medicine for “low thyroid”? Do you have an enlarged thyroid gland? Do you have positive thyroid antibodies? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you may have a problem called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition that results in
Do you or someone you care about struggle with an eating disorder? These disorders are much more common than one would think – one reference from 2002 estimates that almost 30 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder (including males and females, at any age). The most common eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, and