Managing Medical Issues

Managing Type 2 Diabetes with Mindful Eating

Most people might think that if anyone needs a strict eating plan, it’s a person with Type 2 diabetes. After all, eating to manage diabetes is simple if we understand food exchanges and count carbohydrates, right? Not so fast. If that were true, there probably wouldn’t be so many people who struggle to keep their blood sugars in a healthy […] Read more »


Medications that Cause Weight Gain

Common Causes of Unexplained Weight Gain Part II: Diabetes Medications, Steroid Hormones, Antihistamines, Anti-Hypertensives, Migraines While we’d all like to be medication-free, there are cases in which regularly taking medicines is the best option for protecting our health. But as we saw in Part I of Medicines & Weight Gain: Is Feeling Better Making You Fat, some drugs we commonly take […] Read more »


Medicines and Weight Gain: Is Feeling Better Making You Fat?

Part I: Antidepressants, Anticonvulsants, Mood Stabilizers and Antipsychotics Does this sound like you? You started taking antidepressants with the hope they would give you a boost, but instead, you feel like they’re creating another problem. You’ve gained 20 pounds since you started them, and it looks like the pounds are continuing to pile on. Or maybe you don’t even realize […] Read more »

PCOS and Type 2 Diabetes: Link of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome with Diabetes Gene

A new study suggests a genetic link between PCOS and type 2 diabetes. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) occurs when ovarian cysts block a woman’s normal ovulation and menstrual cycle. While the problem sounds straightforward, the disease is complex, born from both multiple genetic components and environmental factors. PCOS affects up to five percent of the female population, and those diagnosed […] Read more »


Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Definition, Diagnosis, and Management

Do you have irregular menstrual periods, sometimes missing cycles and/or experiencing excessive bleeding? If so, you might be one of the estimated 70% of women with irregular menstrual cycles who have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCO or PCOS). A hereditary disorder that creates a hormonal imbalance, PCO produces higher than normal levels of male hormones.   Symptoms Can Include:   irregular […] Read more »