I love estradiol, our strongest and most stimulating estrogen. It builds bone, slows aging, raises libido, regulates appetite, and boosts serotonin (which is why it’s so amazing for mood and sleep). Those are just a few of its benefits. Estradiol regulates the expression of over a thousand genes, so it’s arguably one of our most influential and important hormones.
When it comes to metabolism and weight loss, it’s mostly about insulin. Insulin is also a major factor in many women’s health conditions such as PCOS, acne, progesterone deficiency, and heavy periods.
Healthy insulin sensitivity is how you keep inflammation down. It’s how you reduce your long-term risk of diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, dementia, and heart disease.
Do you have insulin resistance? It’s time to find out.
I can’t understand why more people aren’t blogging about this. Antibiotics cause significant weight gain. I see it in clinic all the time.
It’s not unusual for me to hear a story from a patient like this: “I don’t know what happened. I was doing really well with weight loss, but then suddenly I just ballooned.”
When I hear that I ask: “Did you take antibiotics sometime in the last 3-4 months?” Very often, the answer is: “Um… Oh right! Yes, I did.”
Weight gain from antibiotics is a clinical reality. The research is finally starting to catch up.Continue Reading
I invite you to think differently about polycystic ovarian syndrome.
PCOS is not one thing. It is not one disease. PCOS is a set of symptoms. The key primary symptom is failure to ovulate regularly. Failure to ovulate is why you are deficient in estradiol and progesterone. It’s why you have high testosterone, and why you develop secondary PCOS symptoms such as hair loss, acne, and infertility.
You cannot treat PCOS until you first ask: “WHY — in your particular case — do you not ovulate?”Continue Reading