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LADA Type 1.5 Diabetes | Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults
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Type 2 Diabetes? It May Be LADA!
Type 1 diabetes (diabetes mellitus) is an autoimmune condition that most often develops quickly in children. In Type 1 diabetes, antibodies destroy pancreatic cells, impairing the ability to produce insulin. Insulin is necessary to move sugar (glucose) out of the bloodstream and into your cells to provide energy. The treatment for Type 1 diabetes is insulin therapy.
Type 2 diabetes differs in that while you are still able to produce insulin, the insulin is not effective at moving sugar out of...
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Quinoa Mac and Cheese: 10 Healthy, International, Gluten-Free, Organic, and Delicious Ways to Make America's Favorite Dish
“Mac and Cheese” is the number one most Googled recipe on the Internet. There are many ways to make this popular comfort food, but few of the recipes are healthy.
Quinoa Mac and Cheese offers a delicious, international spin on America's favorite food with tempting gourmet recipes for 10 delicious – and healthy -- macaroni and cheese meals.
America consumes millions of boxes of macaroni and cheese annually, but this family favorite is far from healthy. A recent report from the Coalition for Sa...
The Thyroid Diet Revolution: Manage Your Master Gland of Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss
Fifty Million Americans Have Thyroid-Based Weight Problems—Do You?
Since Mary J. Shomon’s groundbreaking book The Thyroid Diet hit the New York Times bestseller list in 2004, the number of Americans diagnosed with thyroid disease has more than doubled. This newly expanded and updated version of Shomon’s classic work, The Thyroid Diet Revolution identifies the many hormonal factors that can get in the way of your weight loss and offers much-needed solutions. New material includes:
Hair Loss Master Plan: Health and Beauty Hair Loss Solutions
Hair Loss Master Plan gives you a step-by-step, practical way to deal with your hair loss challenges. Whether you're a woman dealing with thinning hair, hair loss or alopecia, or a man with a receding hairline or premature baldness, you will find information and advice comprehensive look at the hormonal and other health-related causes of hair loss.
"Hormone Hair" is real. Hair loss is often related to hormonal imbalances, including thyroid conditions, adrenal imbalances, postpartum hormone ch...
Living Well with Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You... That You Need to Know (Living Well (Collins))
As many as one in eight women have a thyroid condition. In Living Well with Hypothyroidism, Mary Shomon outlines the most common of these--too little thyroid hormones in the body. Weight gain, depression, fatigue, and what patients call "brain fog, Brillo hair, and prune skin" result. Because the symptoms of hypothyroidism mimic so many other conditions--chronic fatigue, PMS, clinical depression--it can be very tricky to diagnose, especially since patients with HMOs may not get the thorough t...
Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease - Life-Changing New Book
It's estimated that more than half the women with thyroid conditions are undiagnosed and untreated. Many women don't realize that hidden thyroid conditions can cause infertility, pregnancy problems, and postpartum health challenges. They are also increase the risk of prematurity, ADHD, autism, and cognitive disabilities in babies of untreated or mistreated mothers with thyroid conditions. Millions more women have diagnosed thyroid conditions, but struggle to get pregnant, and have a healthy p...
The Democratic Presidential Candidates Are Both Hypothyroid: So What?
Candidates vying for the party’s presidential nomination typically release official medical records after they become the nominee. In this election cycle, we have already seen former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders, former Governor Jeb Bush, and businessman Donald Trump release letters from their physicians.
On the Republican side, Governor Bush’s doctor found him in good health, taking a statin drug, and supplemental Vitamin D. Mr. Trump’s doctor declared his healt...
Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease: A Guide to Fertility, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Wellness
At minimum, 27 million Americans have thyroid disease. Despite being the majority of thyroid sufferers, women rarely know that thyroid problems increase their risk of pregnancy complications, including infertility, preeclampsia, miscarriage, premature delivery, and low birth weight. This awareness gap affects patients and doctors, who know little about the ramifications of an undiagnosed or under-treated thyroid condition on a mother and her unborn baby.
Founder of HypothyroidMom.com Dana Tre...
7 Ways To Bring Meditation Into Your Life
We live in a multi-tasking, 24/7, eat fast, work more, sleep less, always-connected, and “always on” world these days. It’s no coincidence that at the same time, many of us complain of feeling increasingly exhausted, stressed, depressed, anxious, and disconnected, and are looking for solutions.
There is a place for drugs, supplements, and therapists, but these are often temporary fixes, not permanent solutions. They bandage the wound, but they don’t heal it.
Mind-body approaches like meditati...
The 7 Things Every Woman Over 50 Should Do For Better Health
As a woman over 50, you’ve been riding the hormonal roller coaster. I hope you fastened your seat belt, because three key hormonal issues — sex hormone imbalances, stress, and thyroid problems — can make the ride particularly bumpy.
First, perimenopause often starts around 40, ushering in a 10-year period of fluctuations in the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone until menstrual periods stop. After menopause, those vital hormones can drop to almost undetectable levels. Estrogen and progest...
Is Thyroid Disease Really That Funny?
Lately, it seems like physical problems, disabilities, and even that old comedic standby — jokes about being overweight — are off limits for mainstream humor. But as society has moved away from making fun of people with health challenges or physical issues, it seems like thyroid problems have become a catchall target for jokes and comedians. I have a theory about why this is: A lack of push-back.
“Thyroid problem” is code for being overweight
Comedians and jokesters have always loved to poke ...
Are You at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?
According to the CDC, more than 100 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. Are you one of the millions of people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the future? Could you currently have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes? Let’s explore the symptoms and risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.
More than 85 million Americans over 18 have prediabetes, sometimes called dysglycemia, according to the ADA. If you have already been diagnosed with prediabetes, you are at risk of joining the 1.5...