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How Long Does Testosterone (TRT) Take To Work?

Nov 3rd, 2015
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We are frequently asked how long patients will have to wait before they start feeling better after starting testosterone replacement therapy. The best answer can get a little complicated, but there are definitely some factors that we have identified which help to predict success.

This video is a rapid fire explanation of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). It will provide a great foundation for those seeking to learn more about Low T treatments like testosterone gels, pellets, or injections.

First of all, it is important to be looking for the right things. Knowing what the real symptoms of Low T areis extremely important. Making sure that your treatment is medically supervised by providers who know The Side Effects of TRT well, and being consistent with the prescribed therapy, play the biggest role how quickly you will respond. Keep in mind that people are not cookie cutter clones of one another either, each individual is different, and your response will be too. Below you can view a video that will quickly introduce you to the ins and outs of therapy, and you can download a FREE eBook that specifically answers the question about how long TRT takes to work.

Understanding that there is no hard fast rule here, most patients feel significant improvement in symptoms within 4-6 weeks of starting treatment for Low T. It is common for symptoms like low sex drive and difficulty maintaining sleep to respond sooner. On the other hand, factors like obesity, chronic illness, or medications can make ones response slower or more subtle at first. It has been our experience that, failure to respond to treatment (when the person is committed to staying consistent with appointments and recommendations) is very rare.

Especially with injections, response to therapy has nothing to do withwaiting for your testosterone levels to come up. If properly managed, your levels can be normalized with the first dose, in just a few days. The lag in symptomatic response represents the time it takes for your body to achieve balance. Making numbers look better is one thing, carefully balancing hormonal shifts and the potential side effects is where the art of medicine becomes crucial.

Below you will find some references to what the studies say on the subject, but ultimately we have found the following to be true:

In the study titled Timetable of effects of testosterone administration to hypogonadal men on variables of sex and mood (Jockenhovel, Minnemann, et al, The Aging Male, December 2009: 12 (4): 113-118), 40 men with testosterone levels definitively established as low were evaluated for timing of response to therapy. Specifically, the researchers wanted to know how long it took for men to experience improvement in total numbers of erections and ejaculations, indicators of improved libido such as sexual thoughts and fantasies, and perceived sexual interest/desire and satisfaction with their sex lives.

Additionally, several psychosocial parameters were measured looking for changes such as levels of agitation, aggression, depression, listlessness (avoidance of activity), sociability, and activation. Activation, by the way, is defined by Britannica Online Encyclopedia as the stimulation of the cerebral cortex into a state of general wakefulness, or attention. Essentially, you can think of activation as concentration and alertness in this context.

It is important to note that this study only evaluated patients at three-week intervals so any symptomatic change occurring before that point could not be documented. For the psychosocial effects assessed by the study; anxiety levels, aggression, and sociability all showed significant response at three weeks after the start of therapy.

The scoring for all three of these parameters continued to improve over the next 9 weeks, all plateauing around week 12. When considering aggression it is worth noting that when a mans testosterone level is normal, he is usually appropriately aggressive. A total lack of aggression is most often a social liability and can sometimes lead to missed opportunities, especially in the workplace.

On the other hand, roid rage that is frequently associated with anabolic steroid abuse (and the supraphysiologic levels that ensue) occurs in the setting of extremely elevated levels of testosterone. This is not something seen when TRT is managed responsibly and safely. The goal should always be to improve symptoms while improving testosterone levels from deficient levels to normal ones.

Depression and listlessness both decreased substantially by week 6 and remained fairly steady thereafter. For agitation and activation, both of these measurements showed sharp improvements at 9 weeks and stayed relatively stable thereafter.

This study evaluated sexual function by tracking the number of spontaneous erections, total erections, and ejaculations reported by men. Other aspects that were quantified were frequency of sexual thoughts/fantasy, intensity of sexual desire, and overall satisfaction with sex life.

For the three measurements of sexual function, men reported positive changes for all at their 3-week evaluation. The number of spontaneous and total erections, as well as the number of ejaculations, increased to stable levels between weeks 12 to 21.

Sexual thoughts and fantasy rose considerably by week three and remained at levels approximately double initial scores thereafter. Sexual desire followed a similar track, reaching a plateau around the 9th week.

Finally, satisfaction with sex life rose sharply by 3rd week and continued on a dramatic rise through week-30 when the study concluded.

As the study says, Treatment of hypogonadal men (men with Low T) with testosterone is rewarding, for the patients as well as the physician. The patient experiences, to his satisfaction, profound changes in his physical appearance and his mental make-up. The attending physician observes the changes the patient undergoes and rarely fails to be fascinated by the multitude of functions testosterone appears to have in [the] process of masculinization in the broadest sense. The take home points are these.

The researchers behind this journal article looked only at sexual functioning and mood. There is often much more that is negatively impacted by Low T. If you have questions or comments please take the time to contact us, we would be happy to sit down with you and discuss how testosterone replacement therapy can improve your quality of life.

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Dukan Diet Menu | Lose Weight Effectively | Dukan Diet Plan

Nov 3rd, 2015
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Even though there are many different kinds of recipes which you can apply to the Dukan diet, many people continue to question what is the right Dukan diet menu? There have been a number of questions in relation to what you should eat for breakfast and how to deal with the limited amount of food which you can eat during the rest of the day. Lets take a specific look at a typical Dukan diet menu for the attack phase over a seven-day period.

While the seven day period is typical for the attack phase, you may end up doing this for a shorter period of time. Remember that the recipes can be adapted to suit your requirements or any specific allergies which you may have. You should also snack on the foods that are allowed if the menu is not sufficient to your needs.

On day one of the dukan diet plan, you could start the day with a warm drink and an omelette, which can contain slices of ham with less than 5% fat. For lunch you could eat Vietnamese beef followed by a low fat yoghurt and then an oat bran pancake later in the day, followed by tiger prawns for dinner.

Another Dukan diet menu that you may like could be a warm drink to start the day, which is followed by low-fat cottage cheese and two slices of chicken breast, which has been grilled. At lunchtime you could have trout with a sprinkling of mixed herbs or prawns. A late afternoon dish could be another oat bran dish before having hard-boiled eggs for dinner.

If these solutions do not tickle your fancy, then why not try these foods as an alternative for your Dukan diet menu. Start the day with soft boiled eggs and then in the middle of the day, eat an oat bran pancake or maybe a smoked salmon appetiser. Have tea or coffee in the afternoon before eating roast chicken without skin for your evening meal.

These are just a few ideas which should get you started with your Dukan diet, but one of the most crucial aspects of the diet is to ensure that you drink properly. Especially during the protein phase, it is suggested that you drink approximately 2 to 3 litres of liquid every day. Youre not limited to just drinking water you can also drink tea, coffee and diet sodas.

Try to make sure that you mix up the recipes and the menu that you eat each and every day to help you stick to the regime of the diet. As with any weight loss strategy it is important that you follow all the rules that will help you to lose weight effectively. If you want more details, check out the dukan diet attack phase, for a detailed rundown on the consumption of protein at this stage.

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Detox Safely | How to Detox Your Body Naturally & Effectively

Nov 3rd, 2015
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There are many healthy ways to detox your body. All of them should include these three essential components:

Some of the toxins our body needs to detox come from the by-products of our digestive process. Indigestion from overeating or a gastro-intestinal condition can cause purification and an overabundance of toxic waste in our instestines, colon, kidneys, liver, skin, and blood.

The kidneys, colon, lungs, and skin are organs primarily involved with elimination. Each of these organ systems can be gently stimulated and supported before, during and after a body detox program in the following ways:

Fast food, junk food, sugary drinks and snacks, artificially sweetened, processed foods, fried foods and refined flours have to go (or be greatly reduced). Nourish your body with fresh fruits and vegetables and high quality superfoods like spirulina and chlorella. Making these dietary changes and sustaining them over time will reduce future need of detox cleansing and add years to your life!

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Low-fat diet not most effective in long-term weight loss

Nov 1st, 2015
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October 29, 2015 This is an image of a weight scale. Credit: CDC/Debora Cartagena

Researchers conduct a systematic review of randomized clinical trials comparing the long-term effectiveness of low-fat and higher-fat dietary interventions on weight loss

The effectiveness of low-fat diet on weight-loss has been debated for decades, and hundreds of randomized clinical trials aimed at evaluating this issue have been conducted with mixed results. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) conducted a comprehensive review of the data generated from randomized clinical trials that explored the efficacy of a low-fat diet and found that low-fat interventions were no more successful than higher-fat interventions in achieving and maintaining weight loss for periods longer than one year.

These results are published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology on October 30, 2015.

“Despite the pervasive dogma that one needs to cut fat from their diet in order to lose weight, the existing scientific evidence does not support low-fat diets over other dietary interventions for long-term weight loss,” said Deirdre Tobias, ScD, a researcher in the Division of Preventive Medicine at BWH. “In fact, we did not find evidence that is particularly supportive of any specific proportion of calories from fat for meaningful long-term weight loss. We need to look beyond the ratios of calories from fat, carbs, and protein to a discussion of healthy eating patterns, whole foods, and portion sizes. Finding new ways to improve diet adherence for the long-term and preventing weight gain in the first place are important strategies for maintaining a healthy weight.”

In this meta analysis of randomized clinical trials comparing the long term effect (longer than one year) of low-fat and higher-fat dietary interventions, researchers analyzed data from 53 studies with a total of 68,128 participants that were designed to measure the difference in weight change between two groups that had a dietary intervention (low-fat or other diet). Trials that included dietary supplements or meal replacement drinks were excluded from the analysis. On average, trial participants across all intervention groups only managed to lose and keep off six pounds at one year or longer. Compared with low-fat diets, participants in low-carbohydrate weight loss interventions were about two and a half pounds lighter after follow-up of at least one year. Researchers also report that low-fat diets led to a greater weight loss only when compared to ‘usual diet’ in which participants did not change their eating habits.

“Current evidence indicates that clinically meaningful weight loss can be achieved with a variety of dietary approaches,” said Frank Hu, senior author of the paper and Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “The key is to improve long-term compliance and cardiometabolic health. Therefore, weight loss diets should be tailored to cultural and food preferences and health conditions of the individual and should also consider long-term health consequences of the diets.”

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Nov 1st, 2015
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BOSTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) — Despite fat having a higher caloric content than carbohydrates, cutting fat from people’s diets does not lead to long-term weight loss, according to a large analysis of studies.

The new analysis addresses the decades-long debate about the weight loss benefits of consuming less fat. Previous studies have been mixed on whether cutting fat works, whereas researchers said other weight loss methods have a better track record of success.

Researchers in the study also contend that healthier diets and portion control are much better for losing weight and keeping it off.

“Despite the pervasive dogma that one needs to cut fat from their diet in order to lose weight, the existing scientific evidence does not support low-fat diets over other dietary interventions for long-term weight loss,” said Dr. Deirdre Tobias, a researcher in the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in a press release. “In fact, we did not find evidence that is particularly supportive of any specific proportion of calories from fat for meaningful long-term weight loss.”

Researchers at BWH and Harvard considered data from 53 studies, all of which lasted at least a year, with a total 68,128 participants to compare the long-term results of low-fat and high-fat weight loss interventions.

Overall, the data showed that participants on any kind of altered diet only lost and kept off about six pounds after a year, but participants on low-carbohydrate diets were about 2.5 pounds lighter than those on low-fat diets after a year.

Low-fat interventions also were shown to be most effective when compared with a participants’ usual diet. This led researchers to suggest that looking at a person’s overall diet, rather than comparing caloric intake from various foods, would be a more effective way of promoting weight loss.

“We need to look beyond the ratios of calories from fat, carbs, and protein to a discussion of healthy eating patterns, whole foods, and portion sizes,” Tobias said. “Finding new ways to improve diet adherence for the long-term and preventing weight gain in the first place are important strategies for maintaining a healthy weight.”

The study is published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

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Shocking Hcg Diet Report – Read before you buy! | Hcg Diet

Oct 31st, 2015
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The HCG Drops utilizes the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone that is usually produced by a developing embryo to support its growth during pregnancy. However, the HCG is used by both men and women as a weight loss diet supplement that is administered either as HCG drops or injections. This diet supplement was invented in 1950 by Dr. Simeons, who noticed unexplained and quick weight loss among the people who were consuming the HCG drug for other reasons.

As stated above, HCG Diet Drops is a hormone that defends the embryo during growth. By administering it, you trick your body to believing that it’s pregnant and has to protect the growing embryo by providing it with enough energy. This will in turn trigger the body to speed up the metabolic process so as to burn up the excess fat and calories before turning them to useful energy.

The HCG diet consists of three phases that each user must complete for effective results. These phases include:

Conclusion

Where to buy hcg drops?The HCG Drops is gaining a lot of popularity due to its effectiveness and quality. Its effectiveness is attributed to the fact that it uses a natural body hormone that is very safe and proficient. HCG Drops supplement that is ideal for everyone who suffers from obesity and wants to embrace a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

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How to Lose Stomach Weight Fast | eHow

Oct 31st, 2015
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Maybe you just had a baby or you’ve been trying to lose stomach weight for years. Whatever the case, it takes will power and determination to lose weight fast, especially in the stomach area. Here’s how to lose stomach weight fast:

Eliminate all white flour products from your diet and eat vegetables instead (preferably green leafy vegetables). Broccoli has protein and many health benefits so you can start with that, but don’t forget the hundreds of other green leafy vegetables that are out on the market as well. Doing just the one step will help you lose stomach weight fast.

Eliminate sugar from your eating plan. Chocolate, candies, cookies, etc are super fun while you’re eating them, but they completely sabotage any healthy diet and make your stomach fat. Sugar also makes you tired. If you eliminate all simple sugars from your diet, you’ll soon be amazed at how much stomach weight you’ll lose.

Be sure to eat five small meals a day. This takes some getting used to, but trust me, when you replace white flour products with vegetables and stop eating simple sugars, you will want that small healthy meal every 3-4 hours. Be sure to eat a source of protein at EVERY meal (eggs, meats, nuts, etc) since protein is the one thing that will keep you full until the next meal. If you think of your plate in thirds, one third will be protein, one third vegetables and one third complex carbohydrates (sweet potato, whole grain wild rice, etc). Eat things that look like they just came from the farm or field – the more natural it is, the healthier it is for you and the faster you will lose the stomach weight fast.

Drink a lot of water to help increase your stomach fat weight loss. You should drink at least 3 tall glasses of water a day. Those sugar drinks, coffees and sodas are going to get you NOWHERE – you will not lose weight fast while consuming those products. They sabotage your healthy diet just like cookies, cakes and candies. Eliminate the sugar drinks and drink water, milk and not from concentrate orange juice instead. V8’s are great too if you can stand the salt.

Start exercising if you haven’t already. Do cardio 4-5 times a week for 30-60 minute intervals. Do abdominal exercises too, but you need to realize that losing stomach weight fast has more to do with your diet than doing hundreds of crunches in the gym (and if you’re doing hundreds of crunches, you’re doing them wrong! – you should be exhausted at 12 reps per set). Weight training will help you burn fat fast too, so don’t be afraid to pick up the weights.

Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. The more rested you are, the better your body performs.

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Growth hormone, athletic performance, and aging – Harvard …

Oct 30th, 2015
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In 1513, the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Len arrived in Florida to search for the fountain of youth. If he got any benefit from his quest, it was due to the exercise involved in the search.

Few men today believe in miraculous waters, but many, it seems, believe in the syringe of youth. Instead of drinking rejuvenating waters, they inject human growth hormone to slow the tick of the clock. Some are motivated by the claims of the “anti-aging” movement, others by the examples of young athletes seeking a competitive edge. Like Ponce de Len, the athletes still get the benefit of exercise, while older men may use growth hormone shots as a substitute for working out. But will growth hormone boost performance or slow aging? And is it safe?

Growth hormone (GH) is a small protein that is made by the pituitary gland and secreted into the bloodstream. GH production is controlled by a complex set of hormones produced in the hypothalamus of the brain and in the intestinal tract and pancreas.

The pituitary puts out GH in bursts; levels rise following exercise, trauma, and sleep. Under normal conditions, more GH is produced at night than during the day. This physiology is complex, but at a minimum, it tells us that sporadic blood tests to measure GH levels are meaningless since high and low levels alternate throughout the day. But scientists who carefully measure overall GH production report that it rises during childhood, peaks during puberty, and declines from middle age onward.

GH acts on many tissues throughout the body. In children and adolescents, it stimulates the growth of bone and cartilage. In people of all ages, GH boosts protein production, promotes the utilization of fat, interferes with the action of insulin, and raises blood sugar levels. GH also raises levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1).

GH is available as a prescription drug that is administered by injection. GH is indicated for children with GH deficiency and others with very short stature. It is also approved to treat adult GH deficiency an uncommon condition that almost always develops in conjunction with major problems afflicting the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, or both. The diagnosis of adult GH deficiency depends on special tests that stimulate GH production; simple blood tests are useless at best, misleading at worst.

Adults with bona fide GH deficiencies benefit from GH injections. They enjoy protection from fractures, increased muscle mass, improved exercise capacity and energy, and a reduced risk of future heart disease. But there is a price to pay. Up to 30% of patients experience side effects that include fluid retention, joint and muscle pain, carpal tunnel syndrome (pressure on the nerve in the wrist causing hand pain and numbness), and high blood sugar levels.

Adults who are GH deficient get larger muscles, more energy, and improved exercise capacity from replacement therapy. Athletes work hard to build their muscles and enhance performance. Some also turn to GH.

It’s not an isolated problem. Despite being banned by the International Olympic Committee, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, and the World Anti-Doping Agency, GH abuse has tainted many sports, including baseball, cycling, and track and field. Competitive athletes who abuse GH risk disqualification and disgrace. What do they gain in return? And do they also risk their health?

Because GH use is banned and athletic performance depends on so many physical, psychological, and competitive factors, scientists have been unable to evaluate GH on the field. But they can conduct randomized clinical trials that administer GH or a placebo to healthy young athletes and then measure body composition, strength, and exercise capacity in the lab.

A team of researchers from California conducted a detailed review of 44 high-quality studies of growth hormone in athletes. The subjects were young (average age 27), lean (average body mass index 24), and physically fit; 85% were male. A total of 303 volunteers received GH injections, while 137 received placebo.

After receiving daily injections for an average of 20 days, the subjects who received GH increased their lean body mass (which reflects muscle mass but can also include fluid mass) by an average of 4.6 pounds. That’s a big gain but it did not translate into improved performance. In fact, GH did not produce measurable increases in either strength or exercise capacity. And the subjects who got GH were more likely to retain fluid and experience fatigue than were the volunteers who got the placebo.

If you were a jock in high school or college, you’re likely to wince at the memory of your coach barking “no pain, no gain” to spur you on. Today, athletes who use illegal performance-enhancing drugs risk the pain of disqualification without proof of gain.

Among its many biological effects, GH promotes an increase in muscle mass and a decrease in body fat. As men age, GH levels fall. During the same time span, muscle mass declines and body fat increases. And so, the theory goes, the way to arrest these effects of aging is to inject GH.

Similar claims have been made for other hormones that decline with age, including testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in men, and estrogen in women. Research shows that estrogen replacement does more harm than good in older women, and there is no solid evidence that testosterone and DHEA are safe and effective for healthy older men. But that has not stopped the growth of “anti-aging” and “regenerative medicine” clinics and Web sites.

Expensive injections of growth hormone are offered by many practitioners, even though the FDA has not approved the use of GH for anti-aging, body building, or athletic enhancement, and the marketing or distribution of the hormone for any of these purposes is illegal in the U.S. According to one estimate, 20,000 to 30,000 Americans used GH as “anti-aging” therapy in 2004 alone; according to another, 100,000 people received GH without a valid prescription in 2002.

To evaluate the safety and efficacy of GH in healthy older people, a team of researchers reviewed 31 high-quality studies that were completed after 1989. Each of the studies was small, but together they evaluated 220 subjects who received GH and 227 control subjects who did not get the hormone. Two-thirds of the subjects were men; their average age was 69, and the typical volunteer was overweight but not obese.

The dosage of GH varied considerably, and the duration of therapy ranged from two to 52 weeks. Still, the varying doses succeeded in boosting levels of IGF-1, which reflects the level of GH, by 88%.

As compared to the subjects who did not get GH, the treated individuals gained an average of 4.6 pounds of lean body mass, and they shed a similar amount of body fat. There was a slight drop in total cholesterol levels, but no significant changes in LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, HDL (“good”) cholesterol, triglycerides, aerobic capacity, bone density, or fasting blood sugar and insulin levels. But GH recipients experienced a high rate of side effects, including fluid retention, joint pain, breast enlargement, and carpal tunnel syndrome. The studies were too short to detect any change in the risk of cancer, but other research suggests an increased risk of cancer in general and prostate cancer in particular.

“Every man desires to live long,” wrote Jonathan Swift, “but no man would be old.” He was right, but the fountain of youth has proved illusory. And while more study is needed, GH does not appear to be either safe or effective for young athletes or healthy older men. But that doesn’t mean you have to sit back and let Father Time peck away at you. Instead, use the time-tested combination of diet and exercise. Aim for a moderate protein intake of about .36 grams per pound of body weight; even big men don’t need more than 65 grams (about 2 ounces) a day, though athletes and men recovering from illnesses or surgery might do well with about 20% more. Plan a balanced exercise regimen; aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as walking, a day, and be sure to add strength training two to three times a week to build muscle mass and strength. You’ll reduce your risk of many chronic illnesses, enhance your vigor and enjoyment of life, and it’s true slow the tick of the clock.

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Normal Testosterone and Estrogen Levels in Women

Oct 28th, 2015
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It may surprise you to know that men don’t have a monopoly on testosterone. Testosterone belongs to a class of male hormones called androgens. But women also have testosterone.

The ovaries produce both testosterone and estrogen. Relatively small quantities of testosterone are released into your bloodstream by the ovaries and adrenal glands. In addition to being produced by the ovaries, estrogen is also produced by the body’s fat tissue. These sex hormones are involved in the growth, maintenance, and repair of reproductive tissues. But that’s not all. They also influence other body tissues and bone mass.

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A hormone is a chemical substance. It’s secreted by one tissue and travels by way of body fluids to affect another tissue in your body. In essence, hormones are “chemical messengers.” Many hormones, especially those affecting growth and behavior, are significant to both men and women.

The amount and levels of hormones change daily. The sex hormones, estrogen and testosterone, are secreted in short bursts — pulses — which vary from hour to hour and even minute to minute. Hormone release varies between night and day and from one stage of the menstrual cycle to another.

Estrogen is an entire class of related hormones that includes estriol, estradiol, and estrone.

Estriol is made from the placenta. Its produced during pregnancy.

Estradiol is the primary sex hormone of childbearing women. It is formed from developing ovarian follicles. Estradiol is responsible for female characteristics and sexual functioning. Also, estradiol is important to women’s bone health. Estradiol contributes to most gynecologic problems, including endometriosis and fibroids and even female cancers.

Estrone is widespread throughout the body. It is the main estrogen present after menopause.

There are many reasons why estrogen levels fall, including:

Drugs that may decrease levels of estrogen include clomiphene. Also, women experience low levels of estrogen immediately after childbirth and also during breastfeeding.

Women with low body fat often do not produce sufficient amounts of sex hormones. This can be a problem for women such as athletes, models, and gymnasts. It can also be a problem for women with eating disorders. These women can experience a cessation of menstruation, known as amenorrhea. They may also develop osteoporosis — thin bones — and fractures as well as other conditions more common in older women after menopause.

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Lose Weight On the HCG Diet – Nu Image Medical

Oct 27th, 2015
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You should never begin any type of diet without first consulting a doctor or nutritionist. Due to the fact that your body will be undergoing a change from your regular routine, you want to make sure you are physically capable of switching your eating habits. This is very important before deciding to buy hCG and try the HCG Diet Protocol.

For a quick fact sheet, please be sure to check out our HCG FAQs!

Because the human chorionic gonadotropin diet is such a drastic change for most people, it is crucial that you understand and follow the proper protocol. In order to get the best results from a 500 calorie diet, you must to adhere to the strict diet plan as closely as possible and avoid straying away from the eating regimen. Failure to adhere to the protocol can result in weight gain and negative side effects.

The HCG weight loss protocol essentially consists of cutting your caloric intake down to just 500 calories. There are certain items that you can and cannot eat. In addition to the diet, you must make sure that you are taking your HCG injections as prescribed. The HCG is what enables your body to be able to function properly while eating at such a deficit. Conversely, if you are taking HCG while still eating the same foods as before, you will not see any weight loss . So once again, the importance of following HCG protocol cannot be stressed enough.

If you are struggling to find the proper HCG protocol, then you are not alone. There are tons of different plans available online that tell you what you can and cannot eat while on the diet. However, we highly recommend that you follow the original diet protocol as created by Dr. Simeons. In order to get the best results, Dr. Simeons plan has been shown to be the best option.

Chances are that other protocols found online online were not created by actual doctors. Following a human chorionic gonadotropin diet protocol that was not created by a doctor can be very dangerous. Illegitimate practices can consist of eating more calories than required and also eating foods that consist of fats and other nutrients that need to be limited while on this diet. Stick to the original 500 calorie diet created by Dr. Simeons to get the safest and best results unless instructed otherwise by a doctor.

Now that you have a thorough grasp of the importance of following the protocol, the next step is to understand the actual plan itself. Again, we are adhering to the original protocol as noted by the creator, Dr. Simeons.

The daily dosage for injections should be 150-200 iu for 40 days. During Simeons research, he found this amount gave the best results for weight loss. For women on their menstrual cycle, you should stop your injections until your cycle is complete.

Up until the 3rd injection, patients should eat in excessive amounts. the Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) does not start until after the 3rd injection. For women on their menstrual cycle, they should continue with the special diet even through their cycle, but discontinue the HCG injections.

The diet consists of the following:

Breakfast

Lunch

You may also choose a vegetable for the meal as well. Your choices are:

You may steam, boil, or grill your vegetable without any extra fats. In order to get the most nutrition from them, steaming them is recommended. To give you some sweetness, you may have a piece of fruit for your lunch. You can have one of the following:

Dinner

Seasonings

Cosmetic Products

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