Imbalances in metabolism can cause a range of symptoms. People who gain weight despite a healthy diet and exercise, or who are cold all the time when others around them are comfortable, may have a low metabolism.
Our evaluation of a patientís metabolism includes an assessment of his or her diet, activity, temperature, hormone levels, and clinical symptoms. Blood, urine, and salvia tests are all useful tools, but how a person experiences life, and the symptoms he or she notices, are much more important to our assessment. Lab tests provide about 20% of the picture, while the patient's experience makes up about 80% of the picture. A view of the two combined is far more effective than either is alone. At Advanced Family Wellness, PS, we manage health care using both. That's why having a follow-up visit to address both the lab results AND the individual's experience and other information is so very important. Lab data conveyed without the clinician's interpretation is not health care.
The good news is that once we diagnose a problem with metabolism, we may be able to solve the problem through fairly straightforward lifestyle changes. For example, many men do not realize that they can change their metabolism by changing their choice of beverage. High fructose corn syrup and alcohol can be very estrogenic. So menís enlarging round bellies, growing breast tissue, and shrinking penises and testicles may not just be from calories and fat, but also from an estrogen-dominant state created by their diet. (Some couples struggle in their relationship because the husband's estrogen levels have become just as high as his wifes'!) In addition,a sedentary lifestyle promotes bone and muscle loss and slows metabolic efficiency. Weightlifting and aerobic activity are both essential cell signals to tell the body, "Make energy and muscle from this food! Don't store fat!"