Nan Sprouse, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
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Nathan Goodyear, MD, FAARM
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Man Boobs to Metabolic Syndrome
Does Testosterone therapy increase Cardiovascular disease in men? Does low Testosterone increase Cardiovascular disease in men? Is low Testosterone even a problem in men, or is it simply a marketing fallacy? Is there a timeline of low Testosterone to the development of disease in men to follow? Are men simply Testosterone fueled erections as marketing implies or is Testosterone simply one piece of the puzzle in men’s health? Is Testosterone the effect, the cause, or both?
As it relates to Testosterone, that is all we get today–questions. Is Testosterone safe? Is Testosterone dangerous? How about some answers? This new video post will review the scientific evidence and the timeline of Low Testosterone to Cardiovascular disease in men. No opinions here, just let the science highlight the metabolic dysfunction that is the result of low Testosterone. The result is Metabolic Syndrome that is the door way to disease for men. Dr Goodyear will answer these questions and more as he moves beyond Man Boob Nation to “Man Boobs to Metabolic Syndrome”.
The more we know, the more we realize we don’t know
The more we know, the more we realize we don’t know…if we are honest with ourselves.
Know your number? Know you numbers? That is how the marketing goes for Testosterone. As if the Testosterone number is all there is to know. The same could be applied to women. Instead of the low T marketing campaigns, we could all be bombarded with low P commercials instead. The same logic would apply— women struggle with “low P” the same time men start to struggle with “low T”. So why no “low P” campaigns? We learned years ago that focusing on the “low P” loses the forest for the trees. With men, medicine is repeating the same mistakes that it made with women decades ago.
The more appropriate question is— is the individual healthy? Instead of the question what is your number, the better questions would be— what is your hormone balance, what are your hormone receptors, and what is your hormone metabolism. Know what your body is doing with the hormones that are produced endogenously or given as replacement exogenously. The key moment for evaluation would be prior to the initiation of hormone therapy. The same questions could and should be applied to all hormones. I have previously applied these questions to Testosterone metabolism and Cortisol metabolism. This post, I will apply the questions to Progesterone and Progesterone metabolism.
Dorothy, there is no place like home!
Yard to table blog exists to highlight and integrate natural therapies into the everyday life. Natural, Healthy living is not hard. In fact, the means to live Healthy is all around us. Most just need to start. Most just need to take that first step towards Health.
So many of the toxins and health disruptors that we encounter everyday occur right in the very site that should be the safest—our homes. As Dorothy stated, “There is no place like home”. Unfortunately, for toxins, that quote rings true. We expose our families to chemicals and toxins through the foods that we eat and the chemicals that we use. The EPA estimates that the air inside the home is 2-5 x more toxic than outside the home. For many, stepping outside the home is the first step towards Health. What better place to start Healthy living than right at home.
An Apple a Day? Healthy Choices vs. Inflammation
My pre-60th birthday journey to improve my previous test results from Seasons of Farragut continues! This month I decided to focus on the first tenet in our Seasons wellness regimen – nutrition!
About two years ago I took the ALCAT test and was astonished at my lengthy list of reactive foods! The ALCAT is a fascinating food sensitivity test in which white blood cells are introduced to a variety of foods, chemicals, and herbs. The severity of the reaction determines if a substance is mild, moderate, severe, or normal within my body. Since knowledge is power, I decided to receive the news that gluten and dairy were on my “severe list” as a positive indicator rather than “buyers’ remorse” for having performed the test!
Lyn-Genet Recitas has written a book, The Plan, which explains how inflammation from food intolerance can cause symptoms such as joint pain, skin disorders, fatigue, weight issues, headaches, and digestive disorders. Whereas a food allergy can have almost an immediate effect, a food sensitivity may not show up for several hours to 3 days later. For weight gain, it’s not as much about the calories as the chemistry of the body. One person may benefit from last night’s salmon and broccoli, but someone else may actually gain 2 pounds. Inflammation from food intolerance causes damage to the lining of the gut. As the lining becomes “leaky” with gaps present, foods begin to slip through not completely digested. This causes the body to attack undigested foods.
As we age, inflammation can increase which causes our systems to slow down. Many of us have much less stomach acid and digestive enzymes to break down food. This can ultimately alter our weight and our health. Reactive foods cause our bodies to produce more histamine which causes water retention via dilated capillaries. The brain responds by increasing the production of Cortisol. As more Cortisol is produced, fewer sex hormones are produced since both sets of hormones depend on the same building blocks. Increased Cortisol causes an increase in glucose which causes an increase in blood sugar! This domino effect alters the good bacteria in the gut and can increase yeast production. The altered gut flora leads to a weakened immune response since about 70% of our immune system is in the gut.
Seasons of Farragut ~ Clinic
Balance your body. Balance your life. It’s more than just a couple of phrases. Seasons of Farragut is a wellness center with a refreshingly different approach toward health and wellness. Why the focus on health and wellness these days? At Seasons we believe that wellness is the body’s natural state, and giving your body the support it needs is the key to a vibrant and healthy life.
Seasons blends state-of-the-art testing and medical knowledge to design an individualized treatment program for each patient. Using saliva, blood and GI tests, actual levels of hormones, vitamins, amino acids, toxins, bacteria, and more can be determined. Identifying and addressing food and chemical sensitivities can dramatically improve complaints of weight gain, fatigue, mood swings, joint pain, headache, IBS and more.
Seasons Latest Posts
- Inclusion of Endogenous Hormone Levels in Risk ... [J Clin Oncol. 2014] - PubMed - NCBI August 21, 2014
- Cardiovascular risk associated with tes... [Expert Opin Drug Saf. 2014] - PubMed - NCBI August 21, 2014
- http://qjmed.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/08/18/qjmed.hcu173.full.pdf#page=1&view=FitH August 21, 2014
- Endocrine actions of pesticides m... [Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2014] - PubMed - NCBI August 21, 2014
- Wading Through the Testosterone Quagmire August 21, 2014
- Man Boobs to Metabolic Syndrome August 18, 2014
- Supplements in the news What to believe? 6 23 14, 6 49 AM June 26, 2014
- The Chicken or Egg of Cortisol June 7, 2014