I went to the Life Extension Foundation (“LEF”) website and purchased their Male Hormone Blood Test Panel, got my blood drawn, received the lab report and reviewed the results on the phone with a LEF doctor. About a month ago, in August, I again got my blood analyzed, but this time I included a very comprehensive cholesterol-oriented test offered by LEF called VAP.
I’ll have plenty to report about these tests in the future; in fact, this post will begin a series of posts on the subject of knowing your blood numbers, and responding accordingly.
Glucose, Serum is a test that measures the amount of a sugar called glucose in a sample of your blood. Carbohydrates, which are abundant in fruit, cereal, bread, pasta, and rice, are quickly turned into glucose in your body, which then raises your blood glucose level.
Over time, too many carbs too often can impede your insulin’s ability to remove excess glucose from the blood, a potential problem, as any diabetic can tell you.
When your body does not produce sufficient insulin or has become resistant to insulin, the blood sugar level in your body increases because it is unable to enter the cells. Some sources say that a blood sugar level of 100 is within acceptable limits, and others, like LEF, say it’s of concern. As psychologists would term it, I’m having “cognitive dissonance”; meaning, a blood sugar level of 100 doesn’t fit with my perception of what should be true. When it comes to diet, the only thing I wonder about is if my recent practice of intermittent fasting could affect blood sugar negatively. I also have been experimenting with so-called “Bulletproof Coffee”, basically coconut oil blended with high quality coffee (I abstain from the butter), which add another 150 calories from the heaping tablespoon of the coconut oil, for a total of 300 calories ingested from morning till 1:30 PM. Let me underscore that this selection DOES NOT reflect my interpretation of the best supplements to take among the LEF list of suggestions. My blood sugar monitoring will also include non-fasting measurements taken two hours after lunch and dinner, as well as after exercise. I’ll end this post with the aforementioned video showing how I intend to monitor my blood sugar.
You're gonna get (1) the Newsletter, (2) the four-part guide, Transform Your Body and Mind, and (3) the 12 Ageproof Biohacks. Kim Kardashian gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday, but just five days before delivering her first child, she was lounging poolside. Kim and her boyfriend, Kanye West, may have welcomed their daughter a little earlier than her expected July arrival, but Kim seems to be enjoying motherhood already. The care babies receive and the bond they form with their parents during the first several weeks of life have many effects. A normal baby is born with the reflexes and body systems needed to live outside the woman’s body. At the time of birth, the neonate must quickly make four dramatic changes to adapt to the world outside the shelter of the womb. The neonate must also complete these transitions quickly; the first 24 hours of life are critical for the newborn. Excess secretions in the airway can block breathing and, if inhaled, can cause aspiration pneumonia.
The change from being enclosed by the muscular walls of the uterus and the bag of amniotic fluid to an air-filled room with light, noises, and stimulation must be quite a shock. Although the fetus had some breathing movements in utero, the lungs were filled with fluid, and no gas exchange occurred across the lung sacs (alveoli). The first few breaths set into process events that (1) assist with the conversion from fetal to adult type circulation, (2) empty the lungs of liquid, and (3) establish neonatal lung volume and function in the newborn. If the mother has been medicated, or has had a long-lasting anesthetic, the newborn may not breathe at once and must be stimulated. Nursing Alert By 2 hours of life, the baby’s respiratory rate should be less than 60 breaths per minute. Nursing Alert It is important to remember that the changes in the circulatory system happen at the same time as the changes in respiration; the transitions to support life after birth by these two systems are completely interrelated. NCLEX Alert Clinical situations may ask you to differentiate between the normal newborn and a newborn who needs nursing interventions. Nursing Alert If the Apgar score is 7 or less, a person who is skilled in neonatal resuscitation should evaluate the infant and provide immediate assistance.
If breathing does not begin either spontaneously or following tactile stimulation, the newborn’s respiratory center is probably depressed. The purpose of resuscitation is to establish an airway, provide oxygen to the lungs, and stimulate the newborn to breathe. Even with the birthing room temperature set at 75°F (23.9°C), the air is a cold shock to the baby emerging from the warm mother’s body, still wet with amniotic fluid. After the baby is dried, he or she is handed either to a nurse or to the mother for skin-to-skin contact. Nursing Alert Leave the Kelly clamp on the cord stump until after the plastic umbilical cord clamp has been applied. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a multisystem endocrinopathy with ovarian expression of metabolic  disturbance and a wide spectrum of clinical features, such as hyperandrogenism and obesity along with metabolic disorders.
The exact cause of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is unknown, but it’s thought to be related to abnormal hormone levels.
High levels of insulin cause the ovaries to produce too much testosterone hormone, which interferes with the development of the follicles (the sacs in the ovaries where eggs develop) and prevents normal ovulation. Insulin resistance can also lead to weight gain, which can make PCOS symptoms worse because having excess fat causes the body to produce even more insulin. This suggests there may be a genetic link to PCOS, although specific genes associated with the condition have not yet been identified. The symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) usually become apparent in your late teens or early twenties. Women who are overweight may also develop sleep apnoea - a condition that causes interrupted breathing during sleep. Eat a balanced diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. Clinical features of congenital generalized lipodystrophy, a rare disorder, first described by Zeigler1 include loss of subcutaneous fat, hepatomegaly, in­creased bone growth, hyperlipaemia and, later, diabetes. A two year four month old girl of consanguineous parents, was seen at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karachi. Various etiologies for the syndrome include excess of hypothalamic releasing factors, an inherited or ac­quired anomaly in the peripheral insulin response, increased levels of fat mobilising factors and others3. This journal is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics. ABCD sponsors treatment for those in need regardless of gender, race or creed, helping them to reach their full potential, to live life with dignity and to take their rightful place in their community. ABCD works through local Palestinian partners, the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR) based in Beit Jala, The Sheepfold in Beit Sahour and two UNWRA Refugee Camps in Jalazone and Nour Shams. Funding is constantly needed for new projects and to update and refurbish existing facilities.

A second version (glycolysis without notes) has the major names filled in, but does not have the sticky notes, so you can quiz yourself or add your own notes.
The third version (glycolysis test yourself) has no sticky notes, and also has blank spaces where the names of major structures are, so you can test yourself by filling in the key components of each step. Most importantly, please comment below if there are errors on the maps! I will correct the map and re-post the modified documents here.
If you would like a simplified form to check your memory on the steps of Glycolysis, I've posted a blank flowchart with just the basic starting points and noted a several key regulation points. Tip: To turn text into a link, highlight the text, then click on a page or file from the list above.
A buddy of mine had been taking a bio-identical testosterone medication prescribed by his doctor, and I observed him gradually go from being a bit listless to an energetic mojo-pumped happy sorta guy. Yes, “naturally”, because, indeed, my testosterone numbers were low and I wanted to try boost them through supplementation, extra weight-bearing exercise and ingesting more protein, rather than by some testosterone patch, cream or injections.
Glucose is a major source of energy for most cells of the body, including those in the brain.
After you eat, carbohydrates break down into sugar and enter the bloodstream in the form of glucose, a sugar that serves as a primary source of energy.
I exercise regularly (mobility exercises every morning, resistance training three times per week, cardio twice, yoga twice), eat a nutritious, low carb diet, get eight hours of sleep most nights, and meditate regularly. More alarming, as the video below shows, a self-administered test using implements designed for diabetics showed my fasting blood sugar number to be 110 this morning. So, I will not be content with a modest decrease from my 100 LEF score, or 110 self-administered test results. Stay tune for updates on this subject and for more posts about the other unsavory results from last months LEF blood tests.
I'm a big believer in sustainability, and am a bit nutty about optimizing my diet, supplements, hormones and exercise.
Kim showed off her pregnant stomach in a skimpy bikini while hanging out at a spa in LA with friends, including Robin Antin and makeup artist Joyce Bonelli. State nursing considerations related to safety precautions, prevention of nosocomial infections, and completion of birth documentation. State nursing considerations related to molding, caput succedaneum, cephalohematoma, anterior fontanel, and posterior fontanel. Include nursing considerations related to each of the following: the umbilical cord, physical measurements, vital signs, respiratory status, and elimination and meconium.
These factors influence the growth and development of healthy infants and the closeness of the entire family. These changes are temperature regulation, circulation, respiration, and source of nourishment. In providing initial care, the focus is on monitoring and assessing the newborn’s vital systems and keeping the infant warm. Immediately after delivery of the baby’s head, the birth attendant removes secretions first from the mouth, then the nose with either gloved fingers or with a small, soft-bulb syringe (In Practice: Nursing Procedure 67-1). The healthy infant responds to the changes in pressure, temperature, gravity, and stimulation by taking the first breath. At birth, the fetal circulatory structures (the foramen ovale, ductus arteriosus, and ductus venosus) must close to allow blood to flow to the heart, lungs, and liver. Only infants born at term have much brown fat, and after it is used, the baby cannot create more. As soon as oxygen enters the circulating blood in quantity, the white newborn’s skin turns lighter and assumes a pink tone.
Without goals, actions become merely routines; but if the goals are clear, then it is possible to make a plan to meet them. To obtain an Apgar score, give a number from 0 to 2 on each area of the Apgar scoring chart to the infant.
When respiratory difficulties develop in the delivery room, the birth attendant or anesthesiologist assists the newborn.
Lifting the newborn onto the mother’s bare stomach or chest, perhaps even before the cord is clamped or cut, lets the heat of the mother’s body transfer to the newborn. If any relatives, such as your mother, sister or aunt, have PCOS then the risk of you developing it is often increased. Many women discover they have PCOS when they’re trying to get pregnant and are unsuccessful. A small amount of weight loss is likely to help balance your hormones and start up your menstrual cycle and ovulation. She weighed 2.8 kg after normal full term gestation, but lacked demonstratable subcutaneous fat at birth. Pimozide was given in this case on the basis that due to deranged hypothalamic catecholamine mechanism dopamine accumulates in the brain, which may result in an excess of hypothalamic releasing factors in the peripheral blood. A way to understand when glycolysis or gluconeogenesis will occur is asking are blood glucose levels higher then normal such as aftering eating a carbohydrate rich meal. The sticky notes should also contain the answers to various review questions provided on the map. Blood sugar that’s out of control is turning the people of this nation into pre-diabetics, most having no clue that they’re on the path to becoming diabetic. I knew from my readings on the topic that most men begin to lose testosterone soon after 30. Normally, the pancreas responds by producing insulin, which allows sugar to enter the tissues.
I didn’t list “improving my diet” or some such thing, because at the moment I don’t know how I’d make it better relative to improving my blood sugar. Within one-half hour of arising, I ingest about 30 grams of protein powder mixed with water, and one heaping tablespoon of flax seed powder, together about 150 calories. The ladies snacked on a fruit and cheese plate during their three-and-a-half-hour stay, and while Robin and Joyce drank cocktails, Kim sipped on pink lemonade. As a nurse, you play a special role as a teacher and advocate for family caregivers and their newborns. Before birth, all of the fetus’ oxygen had been provided through the placenta, where gases and nutrients from the maternal blood diffused into the fetal blood. The healthy newborn has enough surfactant—a chemical that stabilizes the walls of the alveoli—to allow the sacs to remain open, rather than collapsing after each breath. If these circulatory changes do not occur spontaneously, the newborn will have inadequate oxygenation because of persistent fetal circulation. This is one reason that it is so important for the nurse to take steps to keep the baby warm.
The importance of each goal and the way that it is addressed will vary from one place to another. A mnemonic for the five criteria of the Apgar score is appearance, pulse, grimace, activity, respiratory effort.

The newborn must be resuscitated immediately; permanent brain damage can occur if the newborn is without oxygen for more than approximately 4 minutes. When a baby develops complications in the newborn nursery, however, you may be the person to begin the resuscitation efforts (see In Practice: Nursing Procedure 67-1).
The baby should also be quickly dried, and all wet towels and blankets should be promptly removed and replaced with dry ones. Whether or not this is best for the baby depends on the gestational age of the baby, the health of the mother and baby, and other factors. When replacing the Kelly clamp with a plastic umbilical cord clamp, be careful to place the clamp 1-2 cm above the umbilicus, taking particular care not to clamp any of the baby’s skin along with the cord.
Women with PCOS often fail to ovulate or ovulate infrequently, which means they have irregular or absent periods and find it difficult to get pregnant. Her miles stones were normal, but her rate of growth was more than other children of her age and appetite was voracious. Treatment with pimozide eliminated the releasing factors, corrected most of the abnormal blood chemistry and led to a return of subcutaneous fat.
A few people on campus have the program so I'm going to post the actual editable documents here as well, although these files cannot be opened by any other program to my knowledge. Is it possible, that despite all the healthy things I do, that I’m on that path too?  Are you?? The sunny afternoon wasn't the first time Kim flaunted her baby bump in a bikini during her pregnancy, since we also saw her in a two-piece during her family getaway to Greece back in April. Include nursing considerations related to each of the following: vital signs, weight, urine, and stools.
State the nursing considerations related to the following common problems of breastfeeding: sore and cracked nipples, engorgement, plugged ducts, and mastitis.
In this topic, you will learn to assist neonates (newborns during the first 28 days of life) and teach their new parents how to care for them. Assessing the respiratory and circulatory systems, checking vital signs, and administering cord care are important skills that you will need to master. As soon as the cord is clamped, however, the infant’s lungs become the organs of gas exchange.
However, it is abnormal for the respiratory rate to be greater than 60 breaths per minute at 2 hours of life. The baby loses heat by four mechanisms: conduction, convection, evaporation, and radiation (Fig. If the baby needs to work hard to keep his or her temperature elevated, the baby may become cold-stressed. It provides a quick and accurate means to assess the newborn’s physical condition at the time of birth.
After the cord is clamped, the infant must obtain oxygen through its own respiratory effort.
The patients are mostly 15-25 years of age, when the disease begins soon after puberty, but may  manifest during reproductive period. A probable defect in the hypothalamus may lead to increased levels of hypothalamic releasing factors in the peripheral blood2. Congenital generalised lipodystrophy and experimental lipostrophicdiabetea in rabbita treatedsuccessfullywith fenliuramine. Upoatrophic diabetes; endocrine dysfunc­tion and the response to control of hypertriglyceridemia. You will learn about immediate care for healthy newborns, their physical and behavioral characteristics, and the typical care of the infant from the time of birth until the time of discharge. A chain of events then occurs that can be harmful to the baby’s blood sugar, oxygenation, and acid-base balance. The score is used to determine whether the baby needs immediate assistance or resuscitation.
The infant will lose a great deal of heat from its head, so many hospitals and birth centers place a cap on the baby’s head to conserve warmth.
The cord is cut between the two clamps; usually a cord blood sample is obtained from the portion of the cord still attached to the placenta. Prolonged treatment is apparently required for the continued clinical suppresion of the disease4. Near normalisation of metabolic abnormalities by prolonged CS 11 in a girl with congenital lipodystrophy. When it is time for the infant assessment, using a radiant warmer, a prewarmed mattress, and warm instruments provides a heat-gaining, rather than a heat-losing, environment (Box 67-1). Other drugs used in the treatment of congenital generalised lipodystrophy arc chlorpromazine, fenfluramine, prolonged subcutaneous infusion of in­sulin and plasmaphoresis1-5. The 1-minute score is most accurate in predicting immediate survival, whereas the 5-minute score may be better in predicting long-term survival and any neurologic damage.
The goal of thermoregulation is to balance heat loss and heat production and create a neutral thermal environment. Involvement of the nervous system is manifested by diffuse gliosis of the cerebrum and dilatation of the ventricles6 and increase of growth hormone7. If the Apgar score is less than 7 points at the 5-minute measurement, a third Apgar reading may be obtained at 10 minutes after birth.
Although growth hormone levels have been normal in most of the cases3,8, presence of acanthosis nigricans may also point to a neuroendocrinal disorder. Total lipids were 724 mg%, cholesterol 151 mg%, triglycerides were elevated 253 mg% (normal 70-150 mg%). Most cases of congenital generalised lipodystrophy develop insulin resistant nonketotic diabetes at puberty1-10. The disease should be differentiated from progeria, metageria, congenital muscular hypertrophy and then­ cephalic syndrome of infancy. Ultrasound of the abdomen showed enlarged homogenous liver with normal echopattern and normal spleen.
Combination of biochemi­cal and clinical pictures makes the diagnosis easier to differentiate. During this period, her appetite decreased, fat started to appear on the face and buttocks. On withdrawal of the drug, there was a return of many characteristics of the disease, There was a loss of subcutaneous fat, triglyceride level increased to 353 mg%, total lipids to 1430 mg%.
These findings indicate that a prolonged treatment is required for continued clinical suppression of the disease.

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