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New Year’s Resolutions

So, as the saying goes, “Out with the old, in with the new;” etc., etc.  Now is the time to set your intentions and make your new year’s resolutions.

What are your resolutions?  How do you plan to accomplish your goals?  Realistic resolutions require personal goal setting sessions, measurable progress, and typically some kind of reward to yourself for achieving your goals.  Is your plan realistic?  Are your goals achievable?  Do you have support from your friends, family, and/or colleagues?  What do you need to make your dreams come true?

Regardless of your chosen path, remember the ancient Chinese proverb (translated), “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  If you are choosing a health related resolution, the first and most important step you take should be a comprehensive lab test to measure your current health status and future health risks…and I’m not talking about a typical CBC panel from your primary care physician; I’m suggesting more targeted tests that measure your lipids including particle analysis, diabetes/ insulin resistance/ metabolic syndrome screening, complete thyroid panel, sex hormones and growth hormone, genetic markers like MTHFR (related to heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and dementia), nutrient deficiencies, etc.  While embarking on your exercise/weight loss/diet/detox resolution or whatever other resolution, it is vital that you understand your specific circumstances.

January is national thyroid health awareness month.  The thyroid gland plays an essential role in metabolism, cholesterol levels, cardiovascular health, mood, sleep, temperature, energy levels, hormone production, and more.  Thyroid function even affects your appearance!  Among the obvious excess body fat, thyroid dysfunction can also cause changes to your skin, hair, nails, and eyes!  Planning to lose weight?  Improve sleep?  Exercise more?  Regulating thyroid function is mandatory.  Many people come into the office saying they had a test and their thyroid was “normal”.  Well, “normal” is not always “optimal” and rarely was the test a complete thyroid panel.  There is so much more than TSH and T4 (standard thyroid tests) when it comes to optimal thyroid health.

Whether you have set your 2015 wellness resolutions or you are contemplating how to improve your health, I encourage you to call and make an appointment to have a comprehensive lab test.  Health related decisions are better made when more information is available. Based on the results and your health goals, we can help design a personalized wellness program for you.  Tell your friends, family, coworkers, etc. and create your own support group!

Happy New Year!






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