To fix Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) at its root, you need to address the underlying hormonal imbalance issues. Yoga asanas for PCOS work if complemented with changes to diet and lifestyle. Yoga helps in strengthening the organs and body systems affected by PCOS and also reduces the stress that can aggravate the condition. Research has […]
Digestive disorders like constipation and diarrhea are common in diabetics. As many as 60% of the diabetics suffer from constipation, either once every while or chronically. Constipation itself can give rise to many other potentially serious complications. Let’s understand diabetes and constipation in greater detail. Diabetes And Constipation: What’s The Connection? High blood sugar can […]
Diabetic foot ulcers are responsible for more hospitalizations than any other complication of type 2 diabetes. In severe cases, diabetic foot ulcers may also lead to foot amputations. A diabetic foot ulcer develops as a result of a break in the skin. Due to high blood sugar levels, this wound is unable to heal itself. As […]
If someone has been diagnosed with diabetes and found to have a high blood pressure, the health risks can get slightly more complicated.
People with diabetes have two to four times more chances of developing some form of heart-related disease than people who do not have diabetes.
Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state (HHS) is a serious metabolic condition that can occur in patients with type 2 diabetes. It is a life-threatening condition resulting out of very high blood sugar levels (often greater than 40mmol/l.) HHS was originally known as hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic coma. The name was later changed as coma was seen in less than 20% […]
A ketogenic (or simply, keto) diet involves a drastic reduction in carb intake and replacing it with fat. A small pilot study involving 11 women found that a low-calorie ketogenic diet led to significant improvement in weight. It also decreased levels of circulating male hormones, improved the LH/FSH ratio and decreased free insulin in women […]
If there’s one defining chemical that differentiates women from men, it has to be progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone – a chemical messenger – that affects almost every tissue in the female body. In women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, progesterone levels are low. And this leads to a variety of problems including highly irregular […]
Doctors often prescribe statins to control cholesterol levels. However, lowering cholesterol has nothing to do with reducing the risk of heart disease. Your body needs cholesterol for many of its crucial functions. And the worst part is statins come with a host of side effects. Let’s look at some common side effects of statins. Side Effects of […]
Many women with PCOS suffer from depression and are prescribed anti-depressants like SSRIs, or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. SSRIs come with certain side effects. It is advisable to address the root cause of PCOS rather than relying on anti-depressants, which provide only short-term relief. Irregular periods, inability to get pregnant, losing hair at a feverish […]
High blood pressure is among the many health risks for women with PCOS. High blood pressure is known as a “silent killer” because it strikes without any warning signs. By the time you realize that you have high blood pressure, most of the damage is already done. If you have PCOS, you need to be […]
Women with PCOS are at a very high risk of heart disease. Medical therapy deals only with individual risk factors of PCOS and heart disease in women. Holistic lifestyle changes are by far the most important, safe and effective way of reducing these risks. A study of 104 post-menopausal women with PCOS showed that the condition […]
Polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS is associated with symptoms like difficulty in getting pregnant, loss of hair, sprouting of facial hair and acne. However, if left unaddressed for long, PCOS can also lead to serious health complications, such as uterine cancer. PCOS And Uterine Cancer: How Are They Linked? Women with PCOS have low levels […]
Inositol and its beneficial effects on PCOS have been studied extensively for the last two decades. The term “inositol” includes nine closely-related naturally-occurring chemicals. When it comes to inositol and PCOS, we usually talk only about two of them – myo-inositol and D-chiro inositol. Inositol And PCOS – How Does It Work? At the basic level, […]
Several women with PCOS have highly irregular periods. And when they do have periods, those 4-5 days are the most difficult days of their months. The bleeding is unusually heavy and the pain is unbearable. Let’s find out the link between PCOS and irregular periods and tips to manage the condition. “Irregular” Periods Explained The […]
Insulin resistance is seen in the majority of women with PCOS. Doctors prescribe metformin for PCOS because it is an effective insulin sensitizer. However, the drug comes with its share of side effects. Let’s look at Metformin side effects for PCOS in detail. Metformin Side Effects For PCOS 1. Malaise Or Physical Discomfort As many […]
PCOS symptoms like facial and body hair and acne are a result of high levels of male hormones. Spironolactone is believed to be effective against excess male hormones. While the drug has been used for more than three decades for PCOS, it comes with certain side effects. A major embarrassing symptom of PCOS is “hirsutism,” or the […]
“Within a year of getting affected by PCOS, I lost 1/4th of my hair on my head.” “I have diffused thinning of my hair. The sides and the back of my head are where the thinning is worse.” “I have developed a really wide parting, like you can see my scalp. And I worry that […]
One of the biggest issues for most women with PCOS is an inability to get pregnant. PCOS comes with highly irregular periods and an inability to release an egg regularly. Clomid is a drug recommended by doctors in an effort to help them get pregnant. The drug is believed to stimulate ovaries to release an egg. Treatment with […]
Metformin decreases insulin resistance and helps the body in utilizing insulin effectively. Given that PCOS is also associated with insulin resistance, doctors started prescribing Metformin for this hormonal disorder as well. Let’s understand the role of metformin for PCOS in detail. Insulin Resistance: The Reason Behind Prescribing Metformin For PCOS Insulin resistance is a common condition […]
Oral contraceptive pills or birth control pills are often recommended to PCOS patients. However, the long list of side effects of birth control pills can make anyone think twice before using them. In PCOS-support forums, women often complain that birth control pills make things worse for them. Weight-gain and insulin resistance are not uncommon. The […]
Birth control pills or oral contraceptive pills are given to women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or Polycystic Ovarian Diseases (PCOD.) These pills are given to regulate their menstrual cycles. These drugs are also used to treat acne and facial hair in such women, since they often have high levels of male hormones. Hormone pills, […]
For most women with PCOS, one of the most common recommendations is to lose weight. But the challenge is that it’s also often the hardest. PCOS often leads to insulin resistance. This makes it difficult for the body to utilize glucose efficiently. The dual combination of unused insulin and unutilized glucose in blood leads to […]
Diabetes mellitus is a complex, chronic disease. By 2025, the disease will have affected a whopping 380 million people worldwide. Reduced immunity is one of the worst health challenges of diabetes. It makes diabetics vulnerable to a host of infections. Such infections include both common ones as well as those unique to diabetics. An example […]
Acid reflux is a serious health condition and if not addressed at the right time may become chronic. However, conventional acid reflux medications really do more harm than good in the long run.
Rebound hyperacidity, diarrhea, constipation and weak bones are some of the side effects of the seemingly innocuous fruity, and minty flavored tablets and liquids.
Recent research tells us that SIBO and GERD are connected and each can be a cause of other.
Conventional treatment of CHF includes various prescription drugs and surgery. The most striking effect of prescription drugs on the human body is the depletion of essential nutrients – vitamins and minerals that play a vital role in the human body’s intricate machinery, taking part in hundreds of metabolic reactions to keep the body working. So, […]
One of the key roles of the human heart is to pump blood throughout the body. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart does not pump enough blood to meet the needs of our body. Before we try to understand what congestive heart failure really is, let’s see how the heart handles […]
While heartburn, chest pain, bitter taste in the mouth and difficulty swallowing are the usual symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, many people suffering from GERD also report migraines or splitting headaches. Their headache bouts often get worse when they are also experiencing heartburn. A large questionnaire-based, cross-sectional study that assessed more than 43,000 patients found […]
While being the most resilient and hard-working organ in the body, the heart is often handicapped in its efficient functioning by factors such as an unhealthy lifestyle, environment and genetics. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States accounting for 610,000 deaths every year. Coronary heart disease […]
Did you know that sleep deprivation can not only play havoc with your cognitive performance, it could also increase the risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and dementia?
Col. Gene Montague came to the Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga Triathlon in May last year. In spite of spending days in preparing for the event, he wasn’t able to complete the competition. Because while swimming the Tennessee River during the swim portion of the triathlon, he suffered a massive heart attack and died on the spot. […]
Acid reflux (heartburn) affects more than 20% of the adult US population and costs billions of dollars in healthcare visits, prescriptions and hospitalizations. Acid Reflux (or GERD, when it becomes chronic) is more than just a simple heartburn. The condition can be a bearer of bad news for overall health of the body. The worst […]
Magnesium is undoubtedly an important mineral in the normal functioning of our bodies. And yet, close to 80% of adult Americans have been found to be deficient in this important mineral.
The growing popularity and the ease with which people have access to medicines like H2 receptor blockers is putting millions at risk of potentially fatal side effects.
Alginates form a gel-like raft atop this acid pocket and form a physical barrier that stops the acid from this pocket to reflux back into the esophagus.
Correcting vitamin D deficiency is a safe way of addressing the burning problem of GERD.
Picrorhiza kurroa (Yellow Gentian) is a rare herb that grows in the harsh Himalayan regions at altitudes of 3000 to 5000 meters. The herb has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines for treating a variety of health conditions, including those of the liver and upper respiratory tract, as well as a treatment for fevers, […]
As a diabetic, you should be aware of the damage your condition can do to your legs and feet. If your diabetes isn’t properly controlled, your nerves can get damaged as a result of high blood sugar, a condition called diabetic neuropathy. The condition starts with a loss of sensation in the legs and feet. […]
Melatonin, better known as the “sleep hormone,” regulates our sleep-wake cycle. Apart from helping in regulating sleep,
The majority of individuals suffering from GERD have IBS and vice versa. Let’s find out how these two are connected.
Mastic gum is now being considered for its ability to treat gastritis, stomach ulcers, acid reflux, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Constant acid reflux, or the backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus, irritates these cells and can lead to cancer.
For centuries, licorice has been revered by cultures across the world. It has been used as an adaptogen (stress-buster), a digestive tonic, a supporter of female health and a balm for sore throat, among others
Silent Reflux, if left untreated, can damage the vocal cords (larynx), often permanently. The larynx is a sensitive organ and can easily be damaged by constant exposure to acidic contents of the stomach.
lcers are painful sores or breaks in the lining of the esophagus or stomach or duodenum (the uppermost part of the small intestine that joins to the lower end of the stomach). Chronic acid reflux or GERD is a major risk factor for ulcers.
Acid reflux is a highly prevalent health condition in the United States. The fact that it affects around half the American population attests to the fact that it is a result of bad dietary and lifestyle choices. Americans spend billions of dollars on acid blocking medications every year. Proton-pump inhibitors, or PPIs, are prescribed to […]
There are certain symptoms that we wouldn’t normally think might be caused by acid reflux and that is what makes the condition more damaging.
Bob was a social animal. He loved meeting people and more often than not, was the live wire at parties and get-togethers. At night, in the silence of the after-party when he would go home to call it a day, it would come. The dreaded heartburn. The hot bile would rise up his throat, threatening […]
Hiatal hernias are known as “great mimics” because their symptoms mimic those of many other disorders.
Contrary to popular belief, acid reflux isn’t a symptom of “too much acid”. In fact, most acid reflux can be traced back to low stomach acidity. Use of PPIs and other antacids to “cure” acid reflux provides temporary relief but aggravates the problem in the long run. The best way to treat acid reflux, and […]
Zinc is a vital mineral that can help restore the digestive tract to optimal health. When combined with the amino acid L-carnosine, the resulting compound zinc carnosine (or zinc L-carnosine, or polaprezinc) is three times as potent as the sum of its individual components, helping heal GERD. Zinc and Carnosine: Individual and Compound Benefits Zinc […]
Snoring is more than a nighttime irritant; it can play havoc with your overall health. Understand the risks of such heath conditions and chart out an effective strategy to prevent snoring.
Heartburn, acid reflux or GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disorder/disease): Whatever you choose to call the condition, a majority of us have experienced it at some point of our lives. You may want to believe the only solution to this condition is to pop an antacid for short-term relief. At least, the medical establishment may want you […]
The medical establishment may want you to believe so. But, in reality, the medications you take to “cure” your condition are only making it worse
Very few health conditions are as baffling to practitioners of conventional medicine as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or CFS. Millions of people all over the world are affected by this complicated disorder. In the US alone, between 2 to 5 million people suffer from CFS, with a large number of them are women. And the count […]
As a trained microbiologist, I am fascinated by autoimmune diseases. That’s because I believe that our ‘microbiome’, the bacteria that live in our bodies, form pretty much the core of our immune system. And I also believe that if we feed the right bacteria the right food and keep them happy, autoimmune diseases can indeed […]
If someone with asthma could play 834 games, score 146 goals and assist in another 252, why can’t common people with asthma engage in simple sports like running or cycling?
Try these home remedies for skin allergy and treat it safely and naturally.
Restoring proper magnesium levels can fix this and help with diabetic neuropathy.
Women who experience either PCOS and skin darkening, are often insulin resistant – a condition that leads to impaired glucose absorption.