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What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine asks why and how an illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root cause of the hormonal imbalance for each individual. Functional medicine practitioners spend time listening to their patients in order to learn their histories and their genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that could have in influence on their health.
What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative medicine practice is a healing process that takes account of the whole person, including body, mind and spirit. This approach combines the use of conventional and alternative therapies depending on the needs of the patient. Integrative practices also use natural hormone replacement interventions and remedies whenever possible.
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Integrative Medicine Frequently Asked Questions
What is insulin resistance?
Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body's cells become less responsive to the hormone insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. Insulin is responsible for regulating blood sugar levels by enabling glucose to enter cells and be used for energy. In insulin resistance, the body's cells are unable to effectively use insulin, which leads to higher levels of glucose in the bloodstream. As a result, the pancreas must produce more insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels.
What is the main cause of insulin resistance?
The exact cause of insulin resistance is not fully understood, but it is believed to be the result of a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors. Some of the main factors that may contribute to insulin resistance include:
- Genetics: Some people may be genetically predisposed to insulin resistance.
- Obesity: Excess weight, especially around the abdomen, is strongly associated with insulin resistance.
- Sedentary lifestyle: Lack of physical activity can contribute to insulin resistance.
- Poor diet: A diet high in processed foods, refined carbohydrates, and saturated fats may increase the risk of insulin resistance.
- Sleep disturbances: Lack of sleep or poor sleep quality may increase insulin resistance.
- Chronic inflammation: Chronic inflammation, which can be caused by factors such as smoking, stress, and certain medical conditions, may contribute to insulin resistance.
- Hormonal imbalances: Imbalances in hormones such as cortisol, estrogen, and testosterone can affect insulin sensitivity.
It's important to note that while these factors can contribute to insulin resistance, not everyone who is overweight, inactive, or has a poor diet will develop the condition. Similarly, some people who are lean and physically active may still develop insulin resistance.
Can metabolic syndrome cause weight gain?
While metabolic syndrome is not directly responsible for weight gain, it can contribute to weight gain over time. One of the defining features of metabolic syndrome is insulin resistance, which can lead to high blood sugar levels and weight gain. When the body becomes resistant to insulin, it has difficulty using glucose for energy, which can lead to an increase in hunger and cravings for high-carbohydrate, high-calorie foods.
Additionally, metabolic syndrome can affect the body's ability to metabolize and store fat, leading to increased abdominal fat and weight gain. This is because insulin resistance can cause the body to store excess glucose as fat, especially around the midsection.
Therefore, while metabolic syndrome itself does not cause weight gain, it can contribute to it indirectly through its effects on insulin resistance and fat metabolism.
What is the most common metabolic disorder?
The most common metabolic disorder is diabetes mellitus. This is a chronic condition that affects how the body processes blood sugar (glucose), leading to high levels of glucose in the bloodstream. There are two main types of diabetes: type 1, which is typically diagnosed in childhood or young adulthood and is caused by the body's immune system attacking and destroying the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin; and type 2, which is more common and is usually diagnosed in adulthood, although it is becoming more common in children and teens as well.
Other common metabolic disorders include metabolic syndrome, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and hyperlipidemia.
How do you test for metabolic disorders?
The specific test results used to diagnose a metabolic disorder will depend on the type of disorder suspected. Generally, a provider will perform a physical exam, take a medical history, and order laboratory tests to assess the functioning of various metabolic pathways and organs.
Common tests used to diagnose metabolic disorders include:
- Blood tests: Blood tests are used to measure levels of specific chemicals and enzymes in the blood. Elevated or reduced levels of certain enzymes can indicate a metabolic disorder.
- Urine tests: Urine tests can measure levels of specific chemicals and byproducts of metabolism. Abnormal levels of these substances can indicate a metabolic disorder.
- Genetic testing: Genetic testing can identify specific genetic mutations that cause metabolic disorders.
- Imaging tests: Imaging tests, such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can help detect abnormalities in organs and tissues that may indicate a metabolic disorder.
- Biopsy: A biopsy involves taking a small sample of tissue from an affected organ, which can be examined under a microscope to identify any metabolic abnormalities.
Healthcare Providers may use other diagnostic tools and advanced testing to assess the impact of a metabolic disorder on the heart and other organs.
Can you reverse metabolic syndrome?
While metabolic syndrome is a complex condition, it is possible to reverse it through lifestyle changes. These changes may include:
- Losing weight: Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most effective ways to reverse metabolic syndrome.
- Increased physical activity: Engaging in regular physical activity can help make your body more sensitive to insulin, decrease your blood pressure, and reduce the amount of cholesterol in your body.
- Insulin Resistance: The body's cells can become less responsive to insulin, a hormone that manages the amount of glucose in the blood, which is known as insulin resistance.Metabolic syndrome's cause is uncertain, however it is assumed to be the result of a mix of both genetic and environmental elements.
- Eating a healthy diet: Focus on a diet rich in whole, nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Avoid processed and high-sugar foods.
- Quitting smoking: Smoking can increase insulin resistance and worsen metabolic syndrome. Quitting smoking can help improve your overall health.
- Managing stress: Chronic stress can increase cortisol levels, which can contribute to metabolic syndrome. Try stress-reducing techniques such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises.
It's important to work with your healthcare provider to develop a plan that's tailored to your individual needs and health status.
What type of exercise is best for metabolic syndrome?
Many patients find success with a combination of aerobic and resistance exercise.
Aerobic exercise can help improve cardiovascular health and decrease body fat, which are two key components of metabolic syndrome. Examples of aerobic exercises include walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, and dancing.
Resistance exercise, such as weightlifting, can help increase muscle mass and improve insulin sensitivity, which can help regulate blood sugar levels and decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Combining both types of exercise can be highly beneficial for individuals with metabolic syndrome. It is always recommended to consult with your healthcare professional before starting a new exercise regimen.
What organ is affected by metabolic syndrome?
While there are multiple organs involved in metabolic syndrome, it primarily affects the body's metabolism and can have an impact on several organs, including the liver, pancreas, and heart.
In metabolic syndrome, the body's ability to use insulin effectively to process glucose (sugar) is impaired. This leads to high blood sugar levels, which can damage organs throughout the body, including the heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves. The liver can also become insulin resistant, leading to a buildup of fat in the liver and potentially leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.