by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP
We have all heard about diabetes and how prevalent it is becoming in our country, especially Type 2. This condition, although commonly called "adult-onset diabetes", actually affects people of all ages, and is connected to a diet high in sugar, lack of exercise, and even some environmental factors. But just recently, researchers have revealed another type of diabetes similar to Type 2 that is linked to Alzheimer's disease. Scientists are now saying Alzheimer's and dementia may actually be a form of diabetes, known as Type 3 diabetes. This is a huge discovery!
What is Type 3 diabetes?
Diabetes occurs when the pancreas is unable to make adequate amounts of insulin, a hormone released to help cells absorb glucose (also known as blood sugar), providing us with energy. Diabetes is divided into categories, and each characterized by its own set of circumstances.
Type 1 diabetes usually develops in children or young adults and cannot be corrected with diet or a change in lifestyle. Type 1 is genetically predetermined, and...more
Dr. Donna Barsky
I attended a short “informative seminar” with a fairly new OB/GYN who had been out of medical school for about a year. The physician was to supply the latest information about hormone replacement therapy (HRT), but what I heard were the same stories that I heard 20 years ago about synthetic hormones.
Obviously, big pharmaceutical companies are still contributing greatly to our medical schools. What most physicians do not realize is that, in this country, a natural product cannot be patented and, therefore, pharmaceutical companies will not fund a study that includes natural products. Most of the studies done with natural products are in foreign countries and given scientific processes are the same. In four different studies, synthetic progestins and progesterone have a number of differences in their molecular and pharmacologic effects on breast tissue, as some of the procarcinogenic effects of synthetic progestins contrast with the anticarcinogenic properties of progesterone.
When discussing progesterone, it is important to understand the difference between natural...more
The Senior Years: How to Stay Fit and Social
At the senior stage of life, the pressures and day-to-day hustle and bustle of routines begin to slow down. As you approach your senior years, you no longer have to be at work everyday (unless it is by choice) and more than likely all of your kids are grown and busy living their own lives, raising their own families. Having a lack of activity or routine can lead to extreme loneliness or even depression, and certainly that’s not what your golden years are supposed to be about! Here are some fun ways to stay active and fit as you embrace the senior phase of your life!
Group Fitness Classes
Group aerobics classes not only aid in getting your heart rate up and your blood pumping —it’s also a great way to meet new friends! You may find a listing of available classes at your local gym that range from water aerobics to yoga.more
Caring for our Parents
More than 22 million American households provide some level of support to a family member aged 50 or older – a 300 percent increase over the preceding decade. The time-consuming tasks, tough decisions, and arrangements for which typical caregivers are responsible can strain and drain the most loving of families, both emotionally and financially. I urge you to consider that if you have not prepared yourself for the demands of such a task, begin strategizing now. It can be a time of confusion and frustration.
Frequently, there is uncertainty as family members attempt to come to some sort of consensus regarding the care of a loved one. This is difficult enough when a parent is relatively good physical health, but even more difficult when the parent is in critical health. When there is “unfinished business” for adult children (feelings of invalidation, sibling rivalry, jealously, guilt, resentment, etc.), it may be difficult to maintain the patience needed to properly tend to an elderly parent. This may be especially true when...more
Dr. Donna Barsky
How is Your Thyroid Health?
Thyroid Replacement Therapy from Texas Star Pharmacy
Thyroid dysfunction affects many people, but it can be easily treated with compounded thyroid replacement medications. A safety concern to consider when using these medications is the specific dosage strength required by each patient. Taking too little or too much may result in unwanted symptoms.
There are many commercially available thyroid medications on the market; however, not all patients will respond appropriately to conventional treatments due to:
Manufactured porcine thyroid only offers a 1:4 ratio, but HUMANS require rations up to 1:11. Every person is different & needs a different ratio. We can change your dosage as needed and can tell what...more
A Pharmacist’s Perspective on the Increasing Need for Functional Medicine
Throughout the decades of modern medicine, more and more medications have been developed to treat a large number of diseases and maladies. The more medications available, the harder it is to keep up with what medication is best for the patient. That is why most medical schools have developed a standard protocol for diagnosis. Unfortunately, these protocols do not always address the person as a whole or the underlying issue.
Therefore, if a patient is experiencing symptoms such as weight gain, insomnia or mood changes, that patient will be treated with medication X. They will then perhaps be given additional laboratory tests and be treated with yet another medication. This diagnosis has very little to do with what’s causing the issue, but everything to do with how to patch the problem and create a false sense of security. It rarely gets totally to the source of the problem. A new approach to diagnosing disease states and symptoms was greatly needed.
Our goal as functional...more
A new German study found that many adults were not as informed about heart health as they could be.
This survey found that overall awareness of heart failure had not improved in the past decade among those surveyed.
For this study, more than 3,000 adults were surveyed over three different years: 2007, 2012 and 2015. In 2007, 68 percent of the respondents knew heart failure was a weakness of the heart.
Three major symptoms of heart failure are shortness of breath, reduced ability to exercise and leg edema (swelling caused by excess fluid). Only 40 percent of survey respondents knew all three symptoms in 2007. Seventy-nine percent identified shortness of breath as a major symptom; 74 percent identified reduced exercise tolerance; and 52 percent named leg edema.
Only 25 percent of respondents knew heart failure can be as bad as malignant cancers, this study found.
These researchers found that those results did not improve over the years.
Although this survey is not necessarily reflective of adults' heart failure awareness in other countries, the...more
Many women who had a raised risk of breast and ovarian cancer were not being tested for a gene that signifies a much higher cancer risk, a new study found.
And, according to the researchers behind this study, that means many missed opportunities for breast and ovarian cancer prevention.
Although this study found that the number of women who were tested for BRCA genetic mutations after the mutations were discovered in the 1990s had increased, it also found that many women who could benefit from testing still weren't receiving it.
Current recommendations hold that women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer should be tested for the BRCA mutation, the study authors pointed out.
This study also noted that many women who did not fit the family history criteria for testing were being tested.
This study looked at insurance claims for more than 53,000 women in the United States between...more
If you've had your gallbladder removed, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that you shouldn't use a particular irritable bowel syndrome medication.
That's because an FDA review found that these patients face a raised risk of serious pancreatitis, which can result in hospitalization or death. In fact, from May of 2015 to February of 2017, the FDA received 120 reports of serious pancreatitis, including two deaths. Of the patients who reported whether they had a gallbladder, most had had it removed.
Spasms of a certain digestive system muscle in the small intestine may cause pancreatitis,...more