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July 15, 2020
The last time I took my mother to see her doctor she confessed to me she was so nervous she had forgotten what she was supposed to ask in the first place. She’s a retired nurse and even she gets nervous! What about you? Do you get anxious when you go see your doctor?
Going to the doctor can be a nerve wracking experience. We’re conditioned to fear the “white coat” and there’s a level of anxiety that rises in our gut when we have to go for a checkup. These days most doctors only spend 15 minutes or less with their patients and if we’re not prepared to ask the right questions, we may feel like we missed our chance to get the information we needed.
To avoid this and to help you make the most out of your doctors’ visit, I’ve prepared ten guidelines to follow and questions to ask your doctor next time you need to go for a check-up, especially if you suspect you may have pre-diabetes, insulin resistance or diabetes.
e. Ferritin (iron storage): Measures whether you’re anemic.f. Thyroid panel (TSH, free T3, free T4, thyroid antibodies): This measures the health of the thyroid and whether your body is attacking your thyroid gland. TSH is not enough to diagnose hypothyroidism at an early stage when you could implement diet and lifestyle changes. g. Liver enzymes: Crucial to assess the health of the liver as it relates to GI function and metabolic processes like detoxification.
5. Ask your doctor for alternative treatments for your condition and for resources to help you bring your body back into balance. When it comes to insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar, there are a myriad of resources you may use. Sometimes the doctor is assuming you are only interested in medication. For example, if you need to lose weight or have issues with mobility, you may go see a physical therapist or if you need help with your meal planning you can go see a nutritionist, health coach or dietitian. Sometimes all you have to do is ask.
The most important thing you can do for your body is get to know how it works. Your doctor does not hold the key to your health. You do. Get informed; be an active participant in your own health care. Ask questions and do your own research. Be empowered to be as healthy as possible and help others in your circle of influence do the same!
I’ve also prepared a YouTube video here that you can share with your friends and family
In great health,
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July 25, 2020
Feeling tired and stressed all the time, not able to catch up on lost sleep, “crashing” on the couch at night after dinner and constantly feeling overwhelmed and out of energy could be red flags for a condition called “adrenal fatigue”.
Although conventional medicine does not recognize this as a medical condition, millions of Americans experience the above symptoms and continue to struggle with a condition that leaves them unsupported and lost.
The good news is that this condition is treatable and reversible. Let’s take a look at what you can do to reclaim your life.
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July 07, 2020
Trying to decrease sugar in your diet seems like a daunting task when you don’t know where to start. It’s easy to get overwhelmed because sugar is found in so many foods.
The objective is to a eat whole food diet that has easy-to-digest foods that include a protein source (meat, poultry, fish, beans, nuts/seeds or organic non-GMO tofu), fiber (lots of veggies) and some healthy fat to help delay the release of natural sugar from the rest of the food into the bloodstream. Remember, the key here is to delay the release of sugar into the blood.
These are 5 simple steps to help you feel prepared and in control of your weekly meals:
June 29, 2020