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Posted on May 16, 2016 10:30 AM by Dr. Mac
Categories: HCG Diet
Each year, more individuals are in search of a diet plan targeted towards losing weight as obesity rates in adult men and women near 36%.  A variety of diet plans offer dieters with a promise of losing a specific number of pounds by solely making changes to their diet.  On the HCG diet, individuals receive HCG injections and follow an intake of 500 calories each day.  How is this possible when the average calorie intake each day is reportedly 2,640 for men and 1,785 for women?
The Function Of HCG
HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin is a hormone that ensures adequate nutrients are supplied to a mother and fetus during pregnancy.  An essential part to the effectiveness of the HCG diet is the use of HCG.  Consuming only 500 calories a day alone would lead to feelings of fatigue, hunger, and moodiness.  HCG makes it possible to follow a 500 calorie intake per day as it controls your hunger by releasing fat stores into the bloodstream.
These fat stores may be up to 1500 calories each day so your appetite is suppressed as the body burns excess fat.  As a result, lean muscle is retained since the body distributes an effect on excess fat cells rather than muscle.  Typically, people dedicated to the program can expect to lose 1 to 2 pounds per day in areas where it is needed most.  How does retaining muscle mass affect the success of your weight loss?
Long-Term Weight Loss
One reason diet programs fail is due to losing muscle mass which slows metabolism and makes it easier to regain weight in the future.  The HCG diet is beneficial to metabolism as muscle mass stays and promotes your metabolism to continue functioning after the diet as it was during the diet.  Contact Dr. Mac or Kristi and embrace all the benefits of a HCG diet in Indianapolis to rapidly lose stubborn weight!
Posted on May 6, 2016 9:30 AM by Dr. Mac
The decision of choosing when to get hormone therapy for alleviating menopausal symptoms varies among women.  A number of women fear menopause treatment and choose to endure the symptoms of menopause instead of opting for hormone therapy.
Unfortunately, these symptoms continue to worsen over time for many women as hormone levels decrease. Hormone replacement therapy treats menopause by returning hormone levels to where they once were prior to the start of menopause.  When will the timing be right for you to seek treatment and feel yourself again?
Your Health & Early Treatment
Typically, menopausal symptoms worsen when no corrective treatment is implemented.  Aside from that, you put yourself at a greater risk for other health conditions such as osteoporosis where bones lose density.  Menopause has a direct impact on bone density as hormones are vital to bone health and hormones diminish during menopause.
Often, fear is the reason for postponing hormone therapy as women have anxiety about the effectiveness of the treatment.  An early start to hormone therapy relieves your menopausal symptoms before they negatively affect your health.  As a result, you enjoy life without the severe menopausal symptoms that trouble some women for many years.  If this interests you, contact Dr. Mac or Kristi to address all your concerns and start menopause treatment in Indianapolis today!
Lower Your Risk For Other Complications
The initial purpose of getting hormone therapy is to relieve menopausal symptoms so your hormones stay consistently balanced.  Balanced hormone levels not only improve your quality of life but also lower your risk for other health complications.  The earlier you get hormone therapy, the sooner you get your symptoms under control and take full advantage of the health benefits that menopause treatment offers.
Posted on April 29, 2016 9:58 AM by Dr. Mac
Categories: Menopause
In most cases, the average age for the onset of menopause is 51 but there are exceptions where women start to experience menopause earlier in life.  Some women go through the transition before the age of 40 due to genetics, medical procedures, or an illness.  This is commonly referred to as early menopause, or premature menopause.  While there are various known causes, it may also happen on its own where the cause is unknown.
Is Your Menopause Age Already Determined?
Often, the cause for early menopause is likely due to genetics and discovering the age your mother started can provide some insight as to when you might start.  If your mother experienced premature menopause, you are 6 times more likely to do the same.  Ordinarily, this is the case when no definite reason can be diagnosed for menopause happening earlier.
The age at which you experience menopause is influenced by many factors.  Lifestyle factors that you can control like smoking contribute to the onset of early menopause.  Many studies reveal that regular smokers are prone to experiencing menopause 1 to 2 years sooner than women who are non-smokers.
Medical treatments such as chemotherapy or pelvic radiation may increase your odds for early menopause as the ovaries could be damaged from those treatments.  Additionally, surgeries where both ovaries are removed directly causes menopause to start since periods halt and hormones decrease rapidly.  
How To Diagnose Early Menopause?
Signs of menopause like hot flashes, sleep problems, irregular periods, and vaginal dryness are inadequate when trying to determine if you are experiencing menopause.  Blood tests where estrogen and other hormones are measured will make it conclusive whether or not you have started menopause.  To feel your best, Dr. Mac or Kristi will implement a menopause treatment in Indianapolis that focuses on eliminating your symptoms!
Posted on April 21, 2016 4:28 PM by Dr. Mac
Categories: Menopause
Your mood throughout menopause can fluctuate drastically where you feel joyful one minute and irritable the next.  The signs of menopause are both physical and emotional so it can be difficult to cope with depending on your decreasing levels of hormones.  We all feel unhappy from time to time but how will you know when mood swings are too frequent and your mental health is affected?
Consider Your Mood
There are a few factors to consider when determining what may be causing you to have negative feelings in the years leading up to and during menopause.  Hot flashes, night sweats, and poor sleep are typically due to lower levels of estrogen.  As a result, women feel more irritable and dispirited without adequate sleep which influences their mental health.
First, rule out any physical reasons that may be attributed to your decline in mental health as a drop in hormone levels may not be the only reason your mood has changed.  Do you consistently feel negative about yourself and find it difficult to enjoy a day without feeling annoyed?  If so, talk openly with Dr. Mac or Kristi about an effective menopause treatment in Indianapolis (more info) that lifts your spirits and supports your mental well-being.
Do You Experience Sleep Problems?
Several studies have shown a close link between sleep and mood.  Poor sleep increases your risk for depression or anxiety that eventually influences your mental health.  Prevent this from happening by following a regular sleep schedule where you go to sleep in the evening and wake up at the same time each day.
Maintain healthy sleeping habits and keep your room cool to reduce the chance of waking up in a night sweat.  Menopause does have an influence on your mental health if you fail to get quality sleep on a regular basis so seek treatment early to get the relief you deserve.
Posted on April 8, 2016 1:47 PM by Dr. Mac
Categories: Menopause
Menopause is a change of life that women tend to dread as many changes are unpleasant and life changing due to a “shift” in hormones.  When hormones drop, women typically become much more sensitive to stuff that never used to bother them before.  During this time, weight gain is almost inevitable where fat accumulates around the belly and thighs.
Consistent and moderate exercise that focuses on your core is an integral part to trimming away unwanted belly fat and staying healthy.  Will exercise ease your menopausal symptoms?
The Role Of Exercise
Exercise improves your life in many ways such as feeling better, having more energy, and maybe even prolonging your life.  Exercising on a daily basis is one of the most important things you can do to prevent excess weight gain or maintain weight loss.  Did you know the average adult should aim to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day?
The health benefits of engaging in physical activity include controlling your weight, combating health conditions, getting better sleep, and boosting your mood.  Generally, women should set a goal of exercising for 2 hours and 30 minutes each week.  You can reap the benefits of increased weight loss with more intense activity that is proven to burn calories.  Studies show that regular exercise improves the quality of life and relieves stress associated with menopause.
Get Active Now. . . and Stay Active!
Through lifestyle modifications, women can address problems due to menopause by exercising and getting menopause treatment in Indianapolis from Dr. Mac or Kristi.  Maintain a schedule of moderate exercise during and after menopause to prevent weight gain, strengthen bones, and lower your risk for diabetes.  Regular exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to muscles so the cardiovascular system functions more efficiently which improves your energy levels.
Posted on March 28, 2016 9:15 AM by Dr. Mac
By 2020 more than 50 million US women will be older than 51 years old, which is the mean age when menopause occurs.  3/4 of these women experience moderate - severe symptoms for a decade or longer.  Hot flashes often disrupt sleep and may cause mood changes, difficulty concentrating and impairment of short-term memory. Systemic HRT is the most effective treatment to keep a woman productive and healthy.  
Many women are confused and anxious since the publication of the Women's Health Initiative in 2002.  In the past decade and a half, nearly 80% of women who could benefit from HRT have been too frightened to receive treatment.  Adding to their anxiety, consulting their physician may not have lead to appropriate treatment that improves their qualify of life.  Hormone therapy prescriptions from OB/GYN's, family doctors, and internists have markedly decreased during this time period.
What is a vibrant, young-thinking, active menopausal patient, who may think she's going crazy, to do?  It is certainly reasonable to obtain a 2nd opinion from health care providers who have specialized in safely treating and monitoring HRT for their patients for several decades.  If you wish to pursue this option with Dr. Mac or Kristi, NP, please contact us to get the help you deserve.  Enjoy the menopause, don't just endure it!
Posted on March 25, 2016 9:17 AM by Dr. Mac
Categories: Menopause
Physical changes during menopause are not the only changes a woman notices but emotional changes too.  While these changes are common, they should be taken seriously to avoid the chance of being depressed.  Ordinarily, women are more likely to experience depression than men with adults in the age group of 45-64 being at a higher risk.  Fortunately, there are ways to cope with these emotional changes and diminish the risk of experiencing depression during menopause.
Take Control With Menopause Treatment In Indianapolis
Symptoms of depression usually start in the early stages of menopause as hormone levels fluctuate.  In the beginning, you might dismiss feelings of fatigue and sleep problems for menopause without knowing it could be the start of depression.  Become aware of the causes and risks associated with depression to stop it from negatively impacting your health.  Left untreated, depression can develop into a serious medical condition.
A variety of factors may increase your chances of depression such as genetics, abuse in the past, medications, death of a loved one, and major events in life.  Awareness of these causes enables you to find out in advance about the risk of becoming depressed so estrogen levels are monitored on a regular basis.  How do you plan on coping with your emotional changes during menopause?
Tips To Handle Your Emotions
With just 10 minutes a day, exercise improves physical health and mood as your body releases chemicals, called endorphins that reduce anxiety and lower rates of depression.  Endorphins interact with receptors in your brain and trigger a positive feeling in the body!  As well, quality sleep is vital for promoting physical health and managing symptoms of depression.
Declining estrogen levels may increase mood swings during menopause that eventually lead to the onset of depression.  Control your hormone levels with menopause treatment in Indianapolis by contacting Dr. Mac or Kristi so you experience fewer symptoms and prevent avoidable suffering.
Posted on March 18, 2016 9:19 AM by Dr. Mac
Categories: Menopause
The cause of migraines from woman to woman is influenced by many factors with all women wanting relief they can count on.  Migraines are typically excruciating and can last for hours depending on factors such as your hormone levels, stress, diet, physical exertion, and environment.
Women who experience migraines before menopause are likely to notice them more frequently as they go through that transition.  Other women may experience no difference in their migraines during that time but recognize they are affecting their happiness.
Are Migraines Linked To Menopause?
Often, a woman will notice menopausal symptoms that tend to worsen over time without any form of treatment. Migraines are one of those symptoms that some women experience more frequently due to a sudden drop in hormone levels.  With a reduction in hormone levels, that causes an imbalance where a woman lacks the hormones her body needs.
Research shows a link between migraines and menopause in women with a history of migraines prior to menopause.  As women transitioned into menopause, the occurrence of migraines increased up to 60 percent. The key is to determine what might be triggering the migraine to happen and implement a treatment to prevent it from occurring in the first place.
With regulated hormone levels, migraines are usually less frequent or no longer an issue in women with a history of them.  Evaluate your hormone levels with blood tests, then discuss the management of your menopausal migraines with Dr. Mac or Kristi to hopefully, finally, get some relief.
Posted on March 11, 2016 2:15 PM by Dr. Mac
Categories: Menopause
Communicating with your doctor about your health may be a challenge depending on how comfortable you are to openly discuss your body and menopause.  One key to managing menopause is choosing an experienced doctor that will listen to your concerns and thoroughly answer your questions.  Prior to your visit, make a list of what you are experiencing and review that so you clearly explain to Dr. Mac or Kristi all of your concerns during the appointment.
What Should You Tell Your Doctor?
When talking to the doctor, you should never feel embarrassed since they have discussed many sensitive topics with other patients.  This is your health and if you leave something out it could affect the rate at which you get relief from menopause.  Menopausal symptoms vary among women so describe your symptoms with detail such as when they started to happen and what you think might be triggering them.
Increase the rate which you get relief from menopause by providing organized and accurate information.  As well, be honest when listing what you are taking as far as prescription drugs and supplements.  Important information to include is your diet, exercise, sexual history, whether or not you smoke or drink alcohol, and if you have any allergies.
What Should You Do?
After you visit with the doctor, be sure all your concerns and questions have been addressed before leaving the office.  At this point, it may be helpful to double-check your list and ask follow-up questions.  If the doctor ordered tests, be sure to ask when you can expect to hear back from them about the results and the side effects of those tests.
In regard to treatment, talk with your doctor about how long it will last and what you can expect in menopausal symptoms and side effects.  Learn as much as you can prior to receiving menopause treatment in Indianapolis by asking questions so you make a well-informed decision about your health!
Posted on March 4, 2016 2:14 PM by Dr. Mac
Categories: HCG Diet
Weight loss is a struggle whether it be initially losing the weight or keeping it off after you lose it.  HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, is a hormone produced by women when they are pregnant to ensure a fetus is supplied with essential nutrients.  With the HCG diet, a patient takes HCG under the supervision of a physician and follows a low calorie diet.
Most people that are overweight want to lose weight in specific areas such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, hips, and face.  Abnormal fat is stored in these areas and the HCG diet enables the body to release the fat stored there.  What can you expect on a supervised HCG diet in Indianapolis?
How The HCG Diet Works
Many diets fail because people quickly lose hope when they see no change in their weight or figure.  Weight loss is dramatic with the HCG diet with patients seeing results within the first week.  Often, a patient can expect to lose up to 1 pound per day in the first month if they follow a very low calorie diet.  Rapid weight loss is possible because the HCG hormone helps to suppress hunger and “trigger” your body to burn fat, not muscle!
Ordinarily, patients are able to remain comfortable while they eat very little.  Human chorionic gonadotropin changes your body composition in a way that favors muscle mass and supports a healthier metabolism.  In other diets, you lose muscle mass which is unhealthy for your metabolism and increases your chance of regaining the weight.
The Advantage Over Other Diet Programs
On the HCG diet, you can expect to see immediate results that are effective towards losing weight in the targeted areas.  The long-term benefit is having a lean figure with a healthy metabolism versus the usual diet program where pounds are lost but regained later on.  A supervised HCG diet in Indianapolis with Dr. Mac or Kristi is the optimum recipe for you to lose weight that gets you the body shape you desire.
David McLaughlin, MD