The ZRT Laboratory Blog

The ZRT Blog is an extensive resource for patients and health care providers searching for health and hormone testing information. Here, you can read about ZRT’s cutting edge research, advances in testing, wellness advice, and health industry highlights.

How Does Stress Level Affect Overall Risk of Getting Heart Disease?

Posted by Dr. Sanjay Kapur on Monday, 18 February

stressed man at his deskStress and depression have both been linked with diabetes and heart disease, and if left untreated, can lead to more complications. Understanding these two contributing factors can help doctors formulate suitable treatment plans for their patients, so it is important to discuss the possibility of having either stress or depression with our health care providers even if they forget to ask. 

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Fish Oil and Heart Health

Posted by Dr. Elise Schroeder on Sunday, 09 September

fish and omega 3 fatsCardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and most of us know someone whom heart disease has affected in one way or another.

In honor of heart health month (February) I interviewed Dr Aimee Gould Shunney medical advisor for Nordic Naturals and Naturopathic Physician. We talked about how fish oil supplementation can have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system, lowering risk of stroke, high blood pressure, heart attack and blood clots and improving lipid profiles (TG, LDL, HDL).

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Testosterone and Diabetes

Posted by Dr. Sanjay Kapur on Wednesday, 16 February

ThinkstockPhotos-200180050-001.jpgLow testosterone has been shown to cause conditions like insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and central obesity, which further lead to problems like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Research studies have shown a link between low levels of testosterone and abnormal lipid levels, increased inflammation, high blood pressure etc.

However, it is still not quite clear what comes first...is it that low testosterone levels cause type 2 diabetes, or is it that type 2 diabetes result in testosterone level drop? What is the connection between testosterone and diabetes? 

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