During the holiday season , stress can be overwhelming. It is very important to try and maintain some sort of stability during this time of year. This will include trying to control sugar and alcohol intake, continuing to exercise , and trying to keep healthy hormone levels.
We can certainly provide guidelines to help with each of these parameters, but calming herbs might be the most important. There are certain herbs that have been in Chinese medicine for many years that can help protect from spiking cortisol levels. These would include such herbs as ; ashwaganda,lemon balm, chamomile,and valerian root.
I saw a patient today that recently saw their primary care doctor for a diabetes check up. He is on medication for diabetes,hypertension and hyperlipidemia and came to see me with complaints of fatigue and an inability to lose weight despite what he thought was proper diet and exercise.
After evaluation of his blood work and saliva testing, it was determined that he had a significantly low testosterone which was never evaluated in the past. We discussed how properly improving his testosterone could in turn, lower body fat, improve muscle mass and lower his blood sugar.
We placed him on a proper nutrition plan, exercise protocol, supplement plan, and started him on injectable testosterone. Our goal will be to decrease or eliminate his prescription drugs and improve his overall cardiometabolic status.