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Hormones & Fat Cells

When I was in my twenties, I always come home from a weekend with my mom feeling like I need to lose 10 pounds ASAP.  Now that I am in my thirties and writing a health blog, I realized that my mom needs to a perception adjustment in the weight loss department.  I am surprise […]


This post is a discussion of common medication prescribed for PMS and how they do not address the underlining problem of balancing your hormones to prevent PMS.


This post is the first of a series of posts about our periods and other womanly issues that are related to our reproductive system. Men, you can stop here and wonder off for a while.


This post is a discussion on the leptin hormone and how it impacts our weight loss goals.

Besides being a great insulator, our fat cells produce a number of hormones in our bodies. When our fat cells perceive there is enough nourishment in our bodies, it releases leptin into our blood stream.



As many of my readers know, I am fascinated by the differences in between women vs. men. I love my husband. Though he is my best friend and we have similar values and viewpoints, sometimes I think he is a stranger. How much of that difference is in our head?


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It is common knowledge that we are getting fatter as a nation. It has long been known that overweight girls tend to mature earlier than thinner girls. But why is that the case? The answer might be in our fat cells.


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This is the second post of my soy series. This post will discuss how Chinese families eat soy, soy isoflavones, and who should limit soy in their diet.

While soy is no stranger in our diet, it only amounts to 2 ounces daily (7-8 grams of soy protein). Remember how I mentioned in my last post that most Chinese families do not eat the FDA recommended daily 25 grams of soy protein in order to get its cholesterol lowering effect?


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This article will discuss how the changing female hormones during our teenage years impact our weight. I will not be discussing the emotional aspects of puberty, just the physical aspects.

As females, our bodies change every 15 years or so – puberty, pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause – because of the changes in our hormone levels. Hopefully you have some close female relatives to help guide you through each stage. If you are interested in learning more about how your hormones and fat cells influence your weight, please click on my hormones or fat cell tags.


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This post will discuss the “male” menopause (andropause) phase at around age 60 and how balance your hormones.

Everyone knows about “the change” that women go through after 50. Women are better equip than men in dealing with extreme changes to our bodies from years of practice. Not only are men not used to dealing with changes in their bodies, there is not much support in our community or the internet to help them.

Can you imagine two men sitting next to each other, beer in hand, talking about the “changes” happening to their bodies? I would love to see my husband and brother doing that 20 years from now.


Here are links to my popular Women Hormonal Phases posts.