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Episode 12: How Cortisol affects Abdominal Weight

  • (0:40): Cortisol can affect our mind, hunger, weight.
  • (1:20): Abdominal weight, diabetes, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, metabolic dysfunction can be caused by elevated cortisol.
  • (2:20): Cortisol is a glucocorticoid hormone which can redistribute white adipose tissue to the abdominal area.
  • (2:40): WHY Cortisol levels elevate…
  • (3:15): There is a release of epinephrine which is a hormone released during Fight or Flight System – this can increase sugar, leading to insulin resistance, and a release of cortisol
  • (5:15): High glycemic foods can lead to an elevation of cortisol and typically the body does not metabolize these foods efficiently.
  • (6:00): Cortisol actually blunts the bodies sensitivity to insulin
  • (7:00): Insulin resistance causes the body to store sugar as fat, elevated cortisol causes redistribution of fat.
  • (8:20): What is chronic stress… why appetite is initially low, then elevates.
  • (10:00): The reasons for chronic and internal stress
  • (12:00): Sleep deprivation can lead to chronic elevation of cortisol and elevated cortisol levels can cause disrupted sleep.
  • (13:00): Chronic elevation of cortisol causes several cortisol spikes per day which leads to many spikes of insulin during the day.
  • (15:00): There are certain supplements and amino acids that can reduce the cortisol levels
  • (16:30): Controlling the sensitivity to leptin will help control sugar intake and bring down cortisol levels.
  • (18:40): Improving cortisol levels and blood sugar levels will drastically improve sleep.

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Dr. Jake Berman

Dr. Jake Berman

After graduating from the University of Florida, Dr. Jake Berman, PT, DPT sought out mentorship first from Bob Seton in Destin, FL and then from Aaron Robles in Jacksonville, FL. Both of these mentors have 20+ years of experience helping people keep active and mobile so they can enjoy high quality active lifestyles. What Jake found was that back pain was by far the most debilitating pain and the highest factor leading to decreased physical activity later in life. These experiences are what inspired Jake to specialize in helping people aged 50+ keep active, mobile and pain free despite the aging process. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to alleviate somebody’s back pain so that they can get back to living their best life- especially in Naples! Over the years of helping 100’s of people aged 65-75 become stronger and pain free, one thing for sure has become apparent: “he who rests rots”. Jake is a firm believer that we become stiff then old, not old then stiff. Seriously, think about it...
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