Health Biomarkers Series: Insulin

Posted on 10/10/2013 by Dr. Adrian den Boer
Categories: blood sugar, Health biomarker, hormones, inflammation

With the emerging global epidemic of diabetes, you may have heard of the important role of insulin and blood sugar management. Indeed, insulin, a HORMONE, interacts with all other hormones...
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Health Biomarkers Series: Complete Digestive Stool Analysis

Posted on 10/3/2013 by Dr. Adrian den Boe
Categories: gut flora, Health biomarker, immune system
 
As a favored test amongst functional medicine doctors, the Complete Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) accurately tests all aspects of gut function. Although this test examines the patient’s stool, it provides a much broader picture of health...
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Health Biomarkers Series: Waist-to-Hip Ratio

Posted on 9/26/2013 by Dr. Adrian den Boer
Categories: Health biomarker, heart disease, weight loss
 
While many of us have heard that the body mass index (BMI) is an important measure of health, the waist-to-hip ratio is much more indicative of important health implications...
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Health Biomarkers Series: Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)

Posted on 9/19/2013 by Dr. Adrian den Boer
Categories: blood sugar, Health biomarker, Hemoglobin A1C, leaky gut, neurological health
 
Another important and more recent biomarker for health is based on hemoglobin A1c, which is a form of hemoglobin that measures the average plasma glucose concentration over a six to twelve week period... 
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Health Biomarkers Series: Water Distribution

Posted on 9/12/2013 by Dr. Adrian den Boer
Categories: detoxification, gut flora, Health biomarker, hormones, water distribution
 
Another important biomarker of health is water distribution, which is one of the most sensitive markers of inflammation, toxicity, and hormones in the body...
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Health Biomarkers Series: Body Fat

Posted on 8/29/2013 by Dr. Adrian den Boer
Categories: detoxification, exercise, Health biomarker, heart disease, overeating, toxicity, weight loss
 
Body fat is a critical measure for overall health. From the less effective skinfold test, to hydrostatic weighing in water, and air displacement via the Bod Pod, one of the most effective and accurate ways to measure body fat is with DBC’s Bioimpedance Analysis machine...
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Health Biomarkers Series: Basal Metabolic Rate

Posted on 8/22/2013 by Dr. Adrian den Boer
Categories: Health biomarker, metabolism
 
Another important biomarker of health that has a significant impact on the quality of health and life is the basal metabolic rate (BMR). BMR is the amount of calories burned at rest in a 24-hour period. Depending on body size, I look for a range of 1500 – 2200 calories burned at rest in 24 hours. DBC measures this very accurately with our Bio-Impedance Analysis machine...
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An Undervalued Biomarker for Health: Muscle Mass

Posted on 8/16/2013 by Dr. Adrian den Boer
Categories: exercise, Health biomarker, heart disease, lifestyle
 
Just as a car has a dashboard gauging gas, temperature, and maintenance needs, humans also have a “dashboard” of measurable markers for health, called biomarkers. This post marks the beginning of a series on these important health biomarkers, and how optimizing these can extend both quality and longevity of our “engines"...
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Infant Introduction of Solid Food: A Strategy to Avoid Infant Allergy Development

Posted on 8/7/2013 by Dr. Adrian den Boer
Categories: Babies, kid's health, probiotics, real food, vitamin D
 
In the last two decades, there has been an explosive growth in childhood food sensitivities and allergies and more serious autoimmune conditions. Scientists are furiously studying the “whys,” and though there will never be one silver bullet, one of the factors that is almost never looked at is how and when we introduce foods to babies...
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Toxic Environmental Chemicals: Ways to Reduce Exposure and Improve Health

Posted on 7/29/2013 by Dr. Adrian den Boer
Categories: chemicals, detoxification, environment
 
More than 80,000 chemicals exist, most of which have never been fully tested for their toxic effects on our health and environment (NRDC, 2013). Folks, these manmade chemicals are not without dire consequences...
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