Understanding Juvenile Diabetes


In Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, the hormone insulin does not work the way it should and blood levels can go out of control. People with this form of diabetes need to be given insulin to control the blood sugar and help with the basic metabolic pathways of the body. There is a theory that for some reason the body’s immune system actually attacks insulin. This is why it doesn’t work. Scientists have struggled to understand what causes the body to turn against itself in Type 1 diabetes. Essentially, the immune system destroys pancreatic cells that normally produce the blood sugar regulating hormone insulin. Researchers have struggled to find out why. That’s because it is a disease that affects one in every 400 to 500 children and adolescents in the United States. According to a report in the journal Nature, scientists studied mice that actually developed Type 1 diabetes and engineered them to lack normal insulin. Using those mice, they are trying to do what they can to find out secrets.


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Possible Causes of Irregular Periods


Many women complain about irregular periods and there are all sorts reasons for this. One of the classic reasons is something that a lot of people aren’t aware of…if you’re not eating a proper diet, or you’re exercising too much, or you’re too thin, it can actually affect the hormonal balance in the body. As a result, you can get periods which are not following the normal cycle, and when they don’t, that’s when you run into these difficulties. It’s very important that if you’re someone who deals with irregular periods and has to deal with the frustration, you understand that you get worked up and have the hormonal issues looked at.


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Treatment for PMS


PMS, or Premenstrual Syndrome, used to be something that was taken lightly. It was not taken seriously. It was considered quote on quote ‘in a woman’s mind.’ Well, studies have shown, and time has shown, that this is a real problem and it can respond to treatment. One of the most effective treatments for PMS actually is to try and find out in the cycle what’s going on, and give medications that can affect hormones. Antidepressant medications can help in severe cases. There are certain ones, the SSRIs, that are very effective.


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The Stress Hormone Cortisol Can Affect Your Health

The Stress Hormone Cortisol Can Affect Your Health

At the turn of the 19th century, a book was written by a physician trained at that time with the best medical knowledge it could offer. A key part of the book was a concept; it was a concept that happiness and the ability to give to others and live in harmony could lead to a long and healthy life. At the time, they did not know about hormones like Cortisol, the stress hormone, but as we look at the complex relationship between our brain and our body, it’s becoming abundantly clear that the words written over a hundred years ago are true. We definitely do not thrive under negative energy and stress and excessive Cortisol levels can raise blood pressure and add increasing levels of anxiety. Long-term wear and tear can clearly take its toll and we can measure a direct relationship between hormone release and cardiac changes. The doctors of that day used physical exams and observations to make their conclusions, and it worked in many cases.

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Women and the Wandering Eye

Women and the Wandering Eye

Researchers say it’s more than a wondering eye that might cause a woman to stray. Feelings of lust actually may be rooted in a woman’s biology, according to a small study of 38 college women in a scholarly journal Hormones and Behavior. Studies from the University of California Los Angeles and New Mexico suggest an evolutionary tendency toward infidelity during ovulation, which is the most fertile part of the menstrual cycle. The study suggests the propensity is more likely if women don’t view their partners as sexy. Along those evolutionary lines, men, more than women, desire a variety of sexual partners, because genes carrying that trait were passed along in men. Women tend to be choosier. Previous research has found that women at mid-cycle report greater sexual attraction to men other than their partners. That’s a result of ancestral belief that good looks often equal good genes for offspring.

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