The Vancouver Thyroid Centre (a division of Vitalia Healthcare) is proud to support Thyroid Awareness month as recognized by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the blue paisley ribbon campaign. Continue reading
This is a common concern that we see in practice almost daily. Laboratory testing shows a low, but yet “normal” stored iron (aka ferritin) and it doesn’t seem to move very much after repeat testing. So, what’s the ideal? Continue reading
February is love month, love for your heart that is. For over 60 years the Heart and Stroke Foundation has been fighting heart disease and stroke through educating the public, raising funds for research, and supporting recovery. February is typically the month that the Heart and Stroke Foundation increases it’s campaigning for this worthy cause. As stated on their site “the threat of heart disease and stroke is more urgent than ever, with our ageing population and rising rates of obesity and diabetes”. Continue reading
What is Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)? It is defined as the build up of extra fat in the liver that is not caused by alcohol. As it progresses, it can develop into liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Continue reading
Yes, it absolutely can be your hormones and it often is! While I’ve seen hair loss due to low iron and other nutritional deficiencies, I usually see patients with thinning hair due to hormonal causes. Continue reading
The thyroid gland is situated in the middle part of the neck and it is so important that humans cannot live without the hormones it produces. It is responsible for the metabolic rate and function of the whole body – energy, weight control, mood, digestion, thought processes, muscle tone, hair texture, menstrual cycle… to name a few. The thyroid secretes thyroid hormones that tell cells and organs what to do. There are varying levels of thyroid dysfunction which are measured by looking at the blood levels of these hormones.
What is Progesterone ?
Progesterone is a female sex hormone produced mainly in the ovaries following ovulation each month. It is crucial part of the menstrual cycle.
Progesterone helps to regulate your cycle, but its main job is to get your uterus ready for pregnancy. After you ovulate each month, progesterone helps thicken the lining of the uterus in preparation for a fertilized egg. If there is no fertilized egg, progesterone levels drop again and menstruation begins. If a fertilized egg does not implant in the uterine wall, progesterone helps to maintain the uterine lining throughout pregnancy.
Beauty marks make a person unique! Moles (also known as nevi in medical terms) can develop on the skin’s surface in any location and at any time in one’s life. Colours can vary from pink or red to light or dark brown or to black and they can be flat or raised. While the vast majority of new moles are healthy and normal, there are some important characteristics to be aware of that may require further investigation. Continue reading
“The results from both epidemiological and physiological studies have demonstrated a strong association between excess abdominal adipose tissue and the presence of metabolic risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD), including insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, and increased circulating inflammatory proteins”(1). Continue reading
I commonly hear many of my patients mentioning they are having a difficult time losing fat or gaining muscle even though they are working out very hard, lifting weights and eating very clean. The problem may be due to the amount of stress they are under. Specifically I am referring to Cortisol levels. Continue reading