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Doctor insights on: Does The Brain Shrink If I Have Poor Diet

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Can a poor diet / skipping meals be the reason for my constant migraines??

Can a poor diet / skipping meals be the reason for my constant migraines??

Not the main reason: While not everything is known about the cause of migraine headaches, they seem to be related to imbalances of brain chemicals including serotonin.Factors which may trigger them include hormone changes, certain foods (aged cheeses, red wine), food additives, stress, bright lights/sounds/smells, missing sleep.But skipping meals, though not a good idea in general, is not a particular migraine trigger ...Read more

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I've been losing an unnormal amount of hair for the past few months. I don't stress too much or have a poor diet. What could it be?

I've been losing an unnormal amount of hair for the past few months. I don't stress too much or have a poor diet. What could it be?

Truly above normal?: One's primary care doctor can check for medical causes (and to decide if the amount of hair loss is more than "normal"). If no causes are found, then one can see a dermatologist, especially one specializing in hair loss. Medical causes may include: hormonal problems (low thyroid), seborrhea, alopecia areata, stressful illness. Other causes: genetic male/female pattern baldness, telogen effluvium. ...Read more

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Might it be that a a poor diet cause colds longer to go?

Might it be that a a poor diet cause colds longer to go?

Yes: I'm not sure if any direct studies have been done relating to diet and how long colds last, but a poor diet means the body in not being optimally nourished, which affects the functioning and effectiveness of the immune system. A well-nourished body will be operating at its best capacity to recover from a cold virus more quickly. ...Read more

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How does a poor diet lead to a poor appetite?

How does a poor diet lead to a poor appetite?

Filling up: If you fill up with foods full of processed carbohydrates, you won't be hungry for healthier foods. I've written a good summary of the elements of a healthy diet. You can cut and paste this link to read my summary. www.mdprevent.blogspot.com. ...Read more

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I have a nonstop headache. Could this be due to poor diet?

I have a nonstop headache. Could this be due to poor diet?

Possibly: Chronic headaches are caused by factors such as food sensitivity, stress, and hormonal shifts such as with menstruation and menopause. The vast majority of chronic headaches in someone who is otherwise healthy will be due to stress. Some foods are known to trigger migraine but it depends on an individuals sensitivity to these foods. Consult a headache specialist to diagnose your type of headache. ...Read more

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How unsafe is it to do heavy workout sessions and have a poor diet?

How unsafe is it to do heavy workout sessions and have a poor diet?

Working out is good: I'm going to assume that your physician is good with your exercising and you do not have angina symptoms. The more you work out and the more you are involved with the fitness culture, the more your brain will tell you how to eat more wisely. I hope you'll keep it up -- it's a wonderful gift you give yourself. ...Read more

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How can poor diet affect the function of the circulatory system?

How can  poor diet affect the function of the circulatory system?

Atherosclerosis: This condition is caused by poor diet which is typically a diet with too much animal fat in it. It also occurs in obese people and in those who have diabetes once again due to over eating. Excessive fat(cholesterol) is deposited inside the arteries which leads to damaged vasculature , a set up for heart attack and or stroke due to blood clots forming inside the diseased arteries. ...Read more

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I am 34 not getting morning erection for last couple of years. Does poor diet & late night sleep have any impact? Any diet recommendations to improve?

I am 34 not getting morning erection for last couple of years. Does poor diet & late night sleep have any impact? Any diet recommendations to improve?

Can you perform: if you can perform well then I will not worry. A common cause in a normal healthy individual other than decline in testosterone is insulin resistance resulting from high carb diet. Cut down on carbs and increase meats and above ground veges in diet ...Read more

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I have sle lupus and a poor diet, what should I be doing differently?

I have sle lupus and a poor diet, what should I be doing differently?

Avoid dairy: Avoid red meat and dairy, add vitamin c, b complex and omega three fatty acids and you may see an improvement with in a few months while you take your medications. ...Read more

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My uncle has cancer of the of the colon due to poor diet. We have no cancer history in the family but i've been wondering if this is hereditary?

My uncle has cancer of the of the colon due to poor diet. We have no cancer history in the family but i've been wondering if this is hereditary?

Unlikely genetic: Just one member of the family is not enough to call it familial cancer , 75 % of colon cancers has no family history , so don't worry , you are 21 and if no symptoms , 20 years from now go for regular screening colonoscopy , you will be fine. Yes diet plays a roll but unlikely it is the cause of cancer , develop good dietary habits, eat lots of veggies, fruits, less re meat , will be fine. ...Read more

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My vit d raised from 18 to 23, just by correcting my poor diet recently. If i get daily sun could this help raise it more? Don't want supplements

My vit d raised from 18 to 23, just by correcting my poor diet recently. If i get daily sun could this help raise it more? Don't want supplements

Vitamin D level: Assuming that the test was a 25-hydroxy vitamin D test, a level of 20-29 ng/mL is adequate for general health needs, and some experts think a level of 30 to 80 ng/mL is best. Yes, getting daily sun will improve your vitamin D levels. Sunscreen will decrease the amount of vitamin D conversion in your skin, but sunscreen will help by protecting you from skin cancer. ...Read more

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What medical tests can I take to check, have I damaged my digestion system with a poor diet?

What medical tests can I take to check, have I damaged my digestion system with a poor diet?

No such test: Your digestive system handles what you put into it. There's no test to see 'digestive system damage'. You should get a lipid profile done to check your cholesterol. In some cases high cholesterol and poor diet can contribute to fatty liver. A complete metabolic profile could also be checked. ...Read more

Malnutrition (Definition)

Refers to the individual that receives either too few nutrients, too many nutrients, an imbalance of nutrients, or due to comorbidities or underlying inherited or acquired diseases, an under or ...Read more