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Can Stress Alter Your Labs
Hormones & sleep: Through regulation of endocrine system. For example, growth hormone stimulates slow wave sleep while cortisol hormone inhibits it. Neuropeptide y induces sleep. Somatostatin interferes with sleep. Hormones that act on the inhibitory gaba receptors in the brain promote sleep. ...Read more
Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more
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Not modern tests: Bcp increases thyroid binding proteins, which increases the total t4, but not the free-t4. In the "old days" (15 yr ago), they measured total T4 and then tried to estimate the %free with a "t3 resin uptake (t3ru)" measurement. It confused some people. Now, everyone (i hope) measures the free T4 directly, along with a tsh, which is not affected by bcp either. ...Read more
If fairly severe: Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems. #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more
Stress & menses: Stress can interfere with the length of your menstrual cycle, though hypothalamic influence on hormone release. Your cycle could be shorter or longer than expected, or you may not ovulate or menstruate at all. Please see your doctor for specific evaluation and suggestions. ...Read more
Rare sexual dysfunct: Omeprazole is a medication that decreases the stomach's production of acid. There are rare reports of men taking Omeprazole who have experienced impotence and/ or breast enlargement related to use of this drug. Long- term use can also prevent adequate calcium absorption, thereby increasing future risk of osteoporosis. However no particular 'hormones' have been seen to be abnormal in these cases. ...Read more
Several things: 1. Attend all classes. 2. Read material before class. 3. You recall info best when your emotional state at test matches your state when studying. Thus, don't study on your couch in a relaxed state if you are anxious during the test. Study in your classroom or library. 4. Have friends make up practice questions & take this practice test in your classroom. 5. Start studying 1 week before the test. ...Read more
Yes-it's complicated: Lyme is a complex illness. Lyme often causes liver inflammation (hepatitis) which can affect how the liver metabolizes medications ; herbs. Lyme also causes encephalopathy (brain dysfunction) related to infection, inflammation ; microbial toxins and an inflamed brain will likely react to medicines/herbs differently than a healthy brain. ...Read more
Yes and No: You definitely need to manage blood sugars if you are a sporting diabetic. Ideally, your physical activity is regimented and you exercise every day - that way, you can take into account your calories burned and therefore your sugar balance. Exercise and sport will help to regulate your blood sugars, but be sure you don't go hypoglycemic! i don't think the diabetes affects temperature. ...Read more
Short term/chronic: The immediate stress response can cause pain, nausea, and diarrhea. Chronic stress can alter the brain gut connection, which can upset the intestinal microflora, and aggravate a number of conditions, including reflux disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease. A number of stress reduction tools can help, and your MD might recomend medications, probiotics, and dietary changes ...Read more
Test results show that my hormonal levels are all in the lower range due to stress affecting pituitary performance. How can I rebuild them ?
See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, you have not provided any results. If you do, it may be feasible to provide an opinion. Being in the lower range of normal is still normal. ...Read more
What conditions can change the way medications or substances react with or affect your body/brain?
Multiple conditions: Multiple conditions can affect the way medications/drugs can interact with your body and brain. These include your baseline health, metabolic state and conditions, other medications or drugs, how your liver and kidneys are working. Also how the medication is administered affects how it works. We also are now finding that gender may matter with some medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: By definition, essential vitamins and minerals are necessary for your body's metabolism to work properly, so deficiency is a problem, the right amount is fine, and too much can be harmful. Get your essential nutrients from food, not pills. Get vitamin d from sun. Get B12 from wild salmon. ...Read more
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