The foods we eat and sedentary lifestyles have left our bodies reeling with a plethora of avoidable ailments and conditions. One such condition is leptin resistance which contributes significantly to weight gain and ultimately diabetes. It most certainly does not have to be like this, however, and once recognized for what it is, reversing leptin resistance becomes a manageable and beneficial endeavor.
… melatonin can give you more than just a good night’s sleep?
If you’re familiar with melatonin, you most likely know it as a sleep aid. Unlike over-the-counter pills that can be addictive and dangerous, melatonin works with your body’s natural sleep rhythms. Continue reading →
Testosterone is an important hormone in the male body. It is found in women, too, but men produce eight to 10 times more testosterone than women.
Testosterone is needed in men to help maintain muscle mass and strength, as well as bone mass and strength. Testosterone also helps to maintain a healthy libido, and mental and physical energy levels. Continue reading →
Leptin is a powerful and influential hormone produced by your fat cells. It plays a key role in regulating energy intake and energy expenditure. By acquiring a better understanding of how leptin and its receptor interact, researchers now believe they will be able to find new treatments for obesity and other metabolic disorders
Inside your body, you have some specialized cells called “beta cells.” Beta cells are very important, because they make insulin. And insulin is a hormone that controls the level of glucose in your blood. Too much glucose and you could experience a number of symptoms, such as fatigue and excessive thirst. Not enough glucose, and your heart could beat rapidly, and you may feel weak and get headaches.
Now, your beta cells help you balance between too much and too little glucose. But when you have diabetes, beta cells can be mistakenly destroyed by your body’s own immune system. Continue reading →
A new study published this month finds that the hormonally active form of vitamin D, Calcitriol 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3), inhibits the growth of many kinds of cancerous cells, including breast cancer, indicating that vitamin D3 can be useful in treating and even preventing a variety of cancers. Authors of the study said that cancer cell growth is inhibited by “anticancer actions including cell cycle arrest, promotion of apoptosis and inhibition of invasion, metastasis, and angiogenesis.” Continue reading →
The health benefits of vitamin D are almost becoming too numerous to count, with yet another new study presented at the recent American Association for Cancer Research Pancreatic Cancer Conference in Lake Tahoe, Nev., shedding light on the hormone’s specific anti-cancer benefits. According to the groundbreaking research, individuals exposed to natural sunlight, which is Continue reading →
Some of the best health advice out there is to hang out in nature as often as your schedule allows. That goes particularly for people whose lives are under stress, according to a new health tip. Researchers found that parks and forests help people cope when depression, anxiety and stress has entered their lives.
The study showed that stress levels of unemployed people are linked more to their surroundings than to all other facts that could be contributing to stress — including lack of disposable income. The presence of parks and woodland in economically deprived areas may help people cope better with job losses, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic fatigue, and anxiety.
Obesity is common among patients with mental illness, occurring in up to 60% of patients with bipolar disorder, 70% of patients with schizophrenia, and 55% of patients with depression. A review by Taylor and colleagues in the current issue of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry analyzes why mental illness is associated with higher rates of obesity. Although the use of psychoactive medications is an obvious reason for weight gain in this patient population, there is also evidence that disturbance of the sleep-wake cycle may promote a resistance to leptin, which promotes satiety, and higher levels of circulating ghrelin, which stimulates appetite. In addition, depression is associated with higher levels of circulating cortisol, which promotes weight gain. Finally, both mood disorders and obesity are marked by dopaminergic deficits. Continue reading →
The way one’s body looks isn’t the only issue at play for overweight adults. Far more important are the chronic diseases that overweight and obese people face. For that reason, an important piece of health news has identified the best way to eat: the disease-prevention diet filled with healing foods.
The study found that a diet rich in slowly digested carbohydrates, such as whole grains, legumes, and other high- fiber foods, significantly reduces inflammation associated with chronic disease. This is known as a “low-glycemic-load” diet, which does not cause blood glucose levels to spike. It also increases a hormone that helps regulate how you break down fat and sugar.
It’s estimated that Americans spend $84 million each year on over-the-counter sleep aids. So, it may come as good news that Northumbria University researchers recently discovered that drinking tart cherry juice every day may improve sleep quality.
Authors of the study examined the sleep patterns of volunteers who drank two glasses of Montmorency cherry juice each day for one week, and then once again when the participants consumed the same quantity of a fruit cocktail beverage.
The researchers observed that when the individuals drank cherry juice, they slept an average of 39 minutes longer each night and experienced a 6 percent increase in sleep efficiency, when compared to their resting patterns during the week they consumed fruit punch. Continue reading →
People with narcolepsy are not only excessively sleepy, but they are also prone to gaining weight. In fact, narcoleptic patients will often pack on pounds even as they eat considerably less than your average person.
Now researchers reporting in the October issue of Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication, appear to have an answer as to why. It seems a deficiency of the neuropeptide hormone orexin, an ingredient that encourages hunger and wakefulness, may leave them with a lack of energy-burning brown fat.
The findings may lead to orexin-based weight loss therapies for those with narcolepsy Continue reading →
Fertility treatments can be invasive and expensive, but many couples see it as their only option if they are having trouble conceiving. No matter how much money a couple spends, there is no guarantee that the treatments will work, and people may find themselves out thousands of dollars and still unable to conceive. Recently, couples have been turning to alternative treatments to increase fertility, such as Chinese acupuncture.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine reviewed seven clinical trials involving acupuncture and women undergoing in vitro fertilization treatments. The results suggested that acupuncture may improve fertility rates and enhance a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant. Continue reading →
Research details published in the Molecular Nutrition & Food Research journal explains the potent mechanism exhibited by cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower to ameliorate developing cancer cells. The active photochemical known as sulforaphane targets prostate and other hormone dependent cancer lines and leaves normal healthy cells unaffected. Cruciferous vegetables have long been associated with a lowered risk of prostate cancer, but this is the first study to demonstrate the `search and attack` capability of the natural chemical compound. Consuming small amounts of crucifers several times each week can help to significantly lower your risk of developing many types of potentially deadly cancer lines.
The study was led by Dr. Emily Ho, associate professor from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. Tissue from cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower contain high levels of the powerful natural compound chemically known as glucosinolates. In the body glucosinolates are broken down into sulforaphane Continue reading →