Why I Ask Some Patients to Quit Desserts

fructose insulin resistanceDesserts and high-dose fructose can be a problem for health, especially if you have insulin resistance.

With my patients, I don’t worry too much about sugar as long as insulin is normal on a blood test. If insulin is high on a blood test (insulin resistance), I ask them to avoid all desserts and dessert-type foods including dried fruit like dates. They can still have whole fruit.

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How to Prevent and Treat Post-Pill Acne

clear skinComing off birth control doesn’t have to be a nightmare for skin. Your skin might have been bad last time you tried to stop the pill but this time will be different. This time, you’ll know about post-pill acne and how to treat it.

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Have You Lost Your Period to a Low Carb or Keto Diet?

Have you lost your period to a keto diet?Every time I tweet my concern about women losing their periods to a low carb or keto diet, I get a lot of angry responses.

“It’s purely anecdotal,” men explain to me. “There is no known mechanism, so it must not really be happening.”

Except it is really happening. Ask anyone who works with young menstruating women. Or not menstruating, as the case may be.

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Your Hormones Need Dinner

woman eating dinnerSometimes a patient tells me she had only a salad for dinner. Or, even more puzzling: A green smoothie.

I could never do that. I’m tired at the end of the day. I’m hungry. I need a substantial dinner such as roast chicken with potatoes, vegetables, and butter.  I honestly cannot imagine sitting down with just a cold green salad.

I don’t think I’m different from other women. Women get hungry. Women need food.

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