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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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. 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 →
A source of great frustration for many people, insomnia is a fairly common occurrence that prevents individuals from sleeping. It can manifest in a variety of ways, including the inability to initially fall asleep and repeatedly waking up in the middle of the night. When not treated, insomnia can affect the health and productivity of an individual, and if left alone for too long, it can cause serious health problems. Many women that are undergoing premenopausal or menopause complain of insomnia, which is one of many items on a list of symptoms associated with these phases that cause the body to change in major ways (understandably throwing off several of their usually regular systems). Because sleeping aids can become addictive and cause other side effects, many women who suffer from insomnia seek out natural remedies, and some studies have shown that the intake of the hormone progesterone can relieve the sleepless nights.
A steroid hormone, Progesterone is produced in the ovaries, adrenal glands, and placenta of human beings. An important part of the female reproductive system, this hormone plays a major role in the conception, development, and birth of a child. Because the levels of progesterone are so closely tied to the cycle of a woman’s reproductive organs, premenopausal and menopause naturally leave its levels highly unbalanced, which can cause many side effects through its lack of interaction with other parts of the body. Continue reading →