For the millions of women who experience a variety of unpleasant and stressful symptoms related to perimenopause, this book offers a straightforward discussion, explaining which medical tests and treatments, including alternative therapy, women should consider. Jackson, who owns a medical practice dedicated to hormonal health in Oregon, finds that women either have no symptoms, mild symptoms that become more pronounced right before menopause, or significant symptoms that require treatment in order to continue their daily routines. She explains the relationship among estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, and their impact on depression, sex drive, weight and headaches. And she presents her information clearly, explaining bodily functions in a way that lay readers can understand. Jackson is quick to suggest alternatives to medication such as stress reduction exercises, change in diet and exercise, although she also discusses the variety of estrogen and other hormonal treatments available. Appendices listing recommended reading for specific problems, products, vitamin and herbal supplement resources and hormone-testing labs, in addition to a glossary, add further value to this instructive book.
OBESITY IS A GROWING health concern in the United States and abroad. Recent surveys indicate that approxi- mately 30% of Americans are obese (body mass index 30), with the prevalence of obesity having increased by approx- imately 60% over the last several decades (1). Obesity is associated with an increase in morbidity and mortality from a variety of health concerns including diabetes,... [Show full abstract]
In this provocative and paradigm-shattering book, Martie Haselton, the world's leading researcher on sexuality and the ovulation cycle, takes a deep, revealing look at the biological processes that so profoundly influence our behavior and sets forth a radical new understanding of women's bodies, minds, and sexual relationships, one that embraces hormonal cycles as adaptive solutions to genuine biological challenges. At the core of Hasleton's new Darwinian feminism is her remarkable discovery that humans, like our animal cousins, possess a special phase of sexuality, called estrus, which comes with a host of physiological and behavioral changes.
Cortisol is also responsible for dumping sugar into the bloodstream (you need immediate energy for the fight-or-flight response). The trouble is that sugar makes our bodies produce insulin to deal with it. Insulin is secreted by the pancreas and released into the blood when glucose levels rise, such as following a meal. The insulin lowers the glucose level in the blood by transporting the glucose to the cells. When there is more glucose than the cells need at that moment, the insulin stores the excess sugar as fat. Over time the amount of insulin rises, which increases the desire and craving for more sugar in order to fill the insulin receptors. Sugar addiction has been compared to heroin addiction, due to these receptors shouting to be fed. This is one of the reasons stress causes you to gain weight and makes it almost impossible for you to lose weight. My 30-Day Plan will help you change this.
The reason I chose this book here was it was written by a female doctor, who had hopefully experienced what I had in terms of food and hormones. I had hoped she had done as much research as was necessary to not just offhandedly quote people who are not in the medical profession or conducted studies as authorities. Unfortunately, some of the people mentioned are chiropractors, health mentors, and others...not that it is a problem at all, if you have the scientific data to back it up.
"Gottfried, a beautiful Harvard Medical School graduate, board-certified gynecologist, and yoga teacher, looks like an advertisement for healthy living and convincingly pushes women to make lifestyle changes rather than immediately asking for conventional prescription drugs to treat problems such as depression. Most of her tips are solid and helpful...A valuable title." (Booklist)