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Ketosis | Definition, Benefits, Risks, And Symptoms Ketosis refers to an elevation of ketone levels in the body. It is a metabolic state in which ketones become an important source of energy for the body and brain. It occurs when carb intake and insulin levels are low. Ketones are a potential fuel source for the

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In this article, we will discuss ketosis, glycolysis, and gluconeogenesis, what they are, how they are similar, and how they differ. We will answer frequently asked questions that are posted on internet searches.  Let’s start with some definitions. Gluconeogenesis Gluconeogenesis is a process that makes glucose from proteins. It is a backup plan the body

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Signs and Symptoms You’re In Ketosis Without Testing Ketogenic is becoming more popular and has been shown to be an effective way to lose weight. In short, the keto diet is low-carb, and high-fat which raises ketone levels.  There is a reduction in insulin levels and an increased breakdown of fats on a keto diet.

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Measuring Ketosis Using Urine Ketones can be used to fuel the body. The body will use glucose first for energy as long glucose is available. The body will burn fat in the form of ketones when the diet is low in carbohydrates (complex of glucose). How can you tell if your body is producing ketones

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Kallmann Syndrome versus Klinefelter syndrome In our previous articles, we have discussed Kallman syndrome. It is sometimes confused with Klinefelter syndrome. Today we are going to compare these two conditions; Kallmann syndrome versus Klinefelter syndrome. What is Klinefelter syndrome? Klinefelter syndrome is a genetic condition that results when a male is born with an extra

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What is Klinefelter Syndrome Klinefelter syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by having an extra X chromosome in males (so males are XXY instead of XY) that can have a profound effect on the life of the person who has Klinefelter syndrome . This results in stunted or delayed puberty, smaller than average genitals, and

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What is Wharton’s Jelly? Wharton’s jelly is not a food spread you eat with peanut butter. It is a connective tissue that is a rich source of mesenchymal stem cells that have many applications in the field of regenerative medicine. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are cells that can differentiate (transform) into bone cells, cartilage, muscles

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Klinefelter Syndrome Bodybuilding Challenges Klinefelter syndrome is a genetic condition that occurs when a boy is born with an extra X chromosome. Typically males inherit one X chromosome from mom and one Y chromosome from dad. Individuals with Klinefelter syndrome are XXY rather than XY. It frequently is not diagnosed until adulthood and frequently is

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Famous People & Celebrities with Klinefelter Syndrome Klinefelter syndrome is a non-inherited genetic disorder that affects one in 500 to one in 1,000 males. Thus, it is likely you know someone who has Klinefelter syndrome but may not know it. In fact, several celebrities and other famous people have Klinefelter syndrome or are felt to

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  Kallmann Syndrome in Females In one of our earlier posts, we discussed what Kallmann syndrome is.  In summary, Kallmann syndrome is a genetic condition characterized by an impaired sense of smell and delayed or incomplete puberty. Neurons that stimulate the hypothalamus are underdeveloped in Kallman syndrome. Without this neural input, the hypothalamus is unable

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Carbohydrates, Blood Sugar, and Insulin Is there a difference between the glycemic index and the glycemic load? Both are indicators of a food’s impact on blood glucose and insulin levels. More specifically the glycemic index and load measure the food’s carbohydrate effect on blood sugar. High blood sugar is harmful to our health in many

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What is Kallmann Syndrome? Kallmann syndrome is a genetic condition characterized by an impaired sense of smell and delayed or incomplete puberty. Neurons that stimulate the hypothalamus are underdeveloped in Kallman syndrome. Without this neural input, the hypothalamus is unable to signal the release of certain hormones by the pituitary gland. In normal development, the

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Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP Platelet-rich plasma (Abbreviation: PRP) is a growing and robust therapeutic option in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. PRP is blood plasma that is rich in platelets. As a concentrated source of autologous platelets, PRP contains (and releases through degranulation) several different growth factors and other cytokines that stimulate healing of

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Urinary tract infections are common especially among women. Why is that? What are the symptoms of an urinary tract infection? What predisposes one to them? And, how do you treat them? We will discuss all of that today in this article. About 50% of women will get urinary tract infections or UTIs for short. Men

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Soda Consumption and Premature Death For those of you old enough to have lived through the era of vinyl records, do you remember some of those records skipping over and over again on the same part of a song? Well, that’s how we feel sometimes talking about sugar – a broken record – and the

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Causes and Forms of Fatigue Fatigue in nearly ubiquitous these days. People are tired and they are tired for many reasons. Fatigue has many causes, comes in different forms, has many presentations, and is influenced by our lifestyle. This article will discuss the causes and forms of fatigue. One of the challenges for physicians is

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Life isn’t about finding yourself. It is about creating yourself.  George Bernard Shaw You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.  Dr. Seuss

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If You Want to Succeed, Learn How to Fail Do you know how to fail? If you are human, you have failed. Did you learn from it?  If you want to succeed, learn how to fail by learning from failure. Notice the word “how” in the previous sentence. “How” implies there is a bad way

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Can You Reverse Diabetes? Yes, you can reverse diabetes which is one of the more prevalent and harmful diseases. Diabetes can be reversed largely through diet and exercise. How many times have you heard that? You can reverse diabetes but for some it it going to take aggressive lifestyle changes. Diabetes is rapidly increasing across

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Barefoot Your Way to Better Health Did you know that you can improve your health by spending as little as 30 minutes a day being barefoot?  Well, you can.  The practice of going barefoot is known as earthing or grounding. More and more research indicates the we receive infusions of energy when our bodies are

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Testosterone is more than a muscle and sex hormone. Though the sexual symptoms of low T are becoming well-recognized such as decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, and reduced intensity of orgasm, there are plenty of nonsexual symptoms of low T, too. That shouldn’t be surprising as there are receptors for testosterone throughout the body including in

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What is an Exercise Treadmill Test The exercise treadmill test is used for several reasons including evaluation of heart or cardiac symptoms and as a functional assessment of the interrelationship of cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, and neuropsychological systems. The test goes by different names. It is sometimes referred to simply as a stress test and sometimes referred

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BMI stands for body mass index and is a way to determine if you’re weight is appropriate for your height. A high BMI is associated with increase risk for disease. It is the most often used tool in medicine to evaluate for overweight and obesity. It is useful for studying populations of people as a

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What Vinegar Can Do for You Can vinegar help your health? How did people treat illness prior to the advent of pharmaceutical drugs? The time that we have walked this planet with access to pharmaceutical drugs has been very short, yet we know that despite famines and infectious diseases some of our ancestors were still

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Muscle Mass Matters If you want to stay healthy, maintain your muscle mass. Muscle mass is an indicator of one’s heath status. The weight of skeletal muscle represents muscle mass. Muscle mass can make up 40% of one’s total body weight. We typically use the Body Mass Index or BMI as a health indicator. It

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Six Steps to Help You Age Faster and Die Younger Every once in a while I hear someone say that they have no interest in living longer. When I ask them if they want my advice to help them die sooner they become perplexed and say “No, that’s okay. I’m not ready to die yet”.

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The Galleri Test: Introduction Did you know that 71% of cancer deaths are from cancers not commonly screened for? That’s where the Galleri Test comes in and provides promise for detecting these unscreened cancers early in their course so that early treatment can be initiated. Why is this important?  When cancers are diagnosed early before

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What is Accelerated Aging? It is most probable that everyone who reads this article will suffer from accelerated aging to one degree or another.  To understand accelerated aging we must understand healthy aging. So what is healthy aging? Healthy aging has been described as”dying at the slowest rate possible”.   Another definition of healthy aging

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Drug-Induced Nutritional Deficiencies Many commonly prescribed medications cause nutritional deficiencies. There is a 50-50 chance you are taking one prescription medication. Did you know that while that medication may be helping you with one medical condition, it may be predisposing you to other medical problems because of drug nutritional deficiencies caused by prescription medications? How

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Health Benefits of Herb Herbs and other plant products have been used throughout history to treat a variety of medical problems. Today we seem to discount the health benefits of herbs. In today’s “modern” medicine we are quick to prescribe a pharmaceutical solution for every sign and symptom imaginable. In fact, doing so has become an