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How does our metabolism affect weight gain?
Do you have a thyroid problem?
Don't forget your bone health.
The Rise of Diabetes in our Society.
You can beat diabetes!

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How does our metabolism affect weight gain?

Cell metabolism refers to the series of chemical reactions that affect cells' ability to function, grow and divide. Chemical reactions that help cells grow and multiply are termed 'anabolism' and those that control the release of nutrients and energy for cellular growth and function are termed 'catabolism'. Whole body metabolism is the summation of all the metabolic processes that occur within the billions of cells in our body. Healthy metabolism is a balance between anabolism and catabolism.

Do you have a thyroid problem?

Symptoms of thyroid dysfunction include weight gain or loss, heat or cold intolerance, palpitations, hair loss, fragile nails, easy fatigue, menstrual, bowel irregularities and mood disturbances. These symptoms are not specific to the thyroid and may be due to other causes. Blood tests for thyroid function may be useful for diagnosing thyroid disorders. These include Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), T4 and T3.  TSH is produced by the pituitary gland and helps the thyroid gland develop during infancy and to produce thyroid hormones T4 and T3.

Don't forget your bone health.

As men and women in modern society are now expected to live longer into their eighties, many do not realize that the incidence of osteoporosis ( or weak bones) increases significantly. It is estimated that the incidence of osteoporosis in men over 60 years is at least 30% and in women over 60 years, at least 50%! Having osteoporosis means that the lifetime risk of having a low trauma fracture is at least 6 times that of a normal person. Some fractures are painless and are easily missed, but others can be fairly painful, and can lead to deformity.

The Rise of Diabetes in our Society.

Diabetes is a metabolic condition that arises when our cells are unable to utilize or store basic nutrients such as glucose, amino acids and fatty acids, obtained from digestion of complex food substances ingested with each meal. Instead, these nutrients are allowed to circulate in our blood at elevated levels and can cause damage to our blood vessels and nerve fibres in the long term. Almost all our vital organs comprise of varying combinations of nerves and blood vessels, such as eyes, heart, brain, kidneys, feet, sex organs, etc, so these organs are primarily affected in individuals with poor diabetes control.

You can beat diabetes!

Hi there! Most people with diabetes feel that they can't do anything about their condition. But with some lifestyle adjustments, and perhaps a small dose of medication, diabetes can be well managed. I encourage you to speak to your doctors about what you can do to improve your health.