Middle-Age Woman Needs Metabolism Kick Start
(Daphne, Alabama, United States)
My name is Kaye. I live on the Gulf Coast of Alabama and am 50 years old. I've been dealing with several health issues for 20 years now including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, degenerative arthritis, and anxiety and bone spurs.
I've been told that a lot of these issues are genetic. I have no doubt that is true since I can see the same issues in my parents. I am 5'7" and was 115 pounds when it all started and within 6 months I gained 75 pounds.
The doctors said the medications for my high blood pressure had slowed my metabolism and that it wasn't going to get better.
I follow a good diet (no junk food, lots of veggies, no red meat, lots of light fish and grilled skinless chicken or turkey).
I get my exercise from doing what work my arthritis allows me in the yard and I do some walking. Due to my knee being so bad I can't ride a bike or jog.
I still refuse to believe that there isn't some way for me to lose some weight. I lose 2 or 3 pounds and don't seem to go any further than that. Can you please give me some advice and suggestions to kick start my metabolism?
I'm willing to go out on a limb right now and try anything because I am well aware that if I don't lose some weight that my issues will worsen. I would like to feel semi-healthy again.
Wow these are challenging health issues, but likely all related. Often multiple health issues have the same root cause.
Even if there are genetic issues involved, they can be modified through diet and exercise.
Since your problems are so multi-faceted the solution is to see a doctor who specializes in antiaging and functional medicine.
Unlike the conventional medical approach which is to treat symptoms like high blood pressure and high cholesterol with drugs, the antiaging physician will seek to balance hormones, and correct nutritional deficiencies to optimize your body's functioning.
I am not qualified to diagnose your problems, but it sounds like you have some hormonal imbalance, as well as significant systemic inflammation.
Once the hormonal issues are ironed out, I think you will be able to lose weight, and will feel much better.
One thing I would do is to find out what your blood type is, and try to eat according to your type as advocated by Dr. Peter D'Adamo.”Eat Right for Your Type” by Dr. Peter D’Adamo
What is healthy for one person may cause problems for another. Your diet seems very healthy, but there may be some foods that are causing you problems.
Degenerative arthritis involves an autoimmune component and so you need to identify the cause of this inflammatory reaction in your body.
good comprehensive multi-vitamin multi-mineral supplement, good quality pharmaceutical grade fish oil, and broad-spectrum antioxidant should round out your nutritional supplement protocol
One important tip that I will give you concerns a defective gene that results in undermethylation of methionine and is a driver of both cancer and cardiovascular disease because it promotes systemic inflammation.
Interestingly 66% of Americans carry this defective gene, while only 3% of French people do. Kind of puts the “French Paradox” in a new perspective doesn’t it?
How do you know you have this gene? Very simple, if your urine has a strong odor after you eat asparagus, then this defective gene is present.
What do you do? The answer is that you can turn off this gene by using something called methyl donors. This is a nutritional supplement that consists of L-5-methyl tetrahydrofolate, vitamin B6 and B12, trimethylglycine, and choline.
The product I use (but do NOT sell) is called Methylator Plus 3.0
This product is one that I would strongly recommend, even though I get NO financial compensation for recommending it. You might want to try it for a month or two and note the results. You will definitely know that it is working because cholesterol profiles and blood pressure levels should improve on it, eventually allowing you to get off medication.Proper exercise
which includes strength training is a very effective exercise protocol for maintaining health through advancing years. This is because lean muscle tissue enables better blood sugar control, better bone density, and a more robust hormonal system.
Find a doctor that seeks to get your health conditions under control with the least amount of medication possible. The goal should be to get off medication and maintain proper blood pressure and cholesterol profile with nutrition and exercise IF possible.
The importance of finding an antiaging doctor is that they are trained not just to treat symptoms, but rather to find and fix the underlying problems that cause chronic disease.
You will also want the doctor that you choose to have knowledge in bioidentical hormone therapy
. This is a very safe and subtle approach to optimizing your hormonal profile, and when properly done will improve your health across the board.
You may have to travel a bit, because I was not able to locate an antiaging doctor in your local area. Check out Bodylogic MD
and also my antiaging doctor directory
Kaye, I have given you some information to start with, but you must take it upon yourself to learn and find solutions for your problems. Do not EVER just go to a doctor and let him make all the decisions. YOU must take charge of your own health.
If you need me to help you find more information I would be only to glad to do so. Just get in touch via my website.
Good Luck and Good Health,