Ask Dr. Santa Maria: Why Do P.O.T.S Patients Pass Out?

Ask Dr. Santa Maria: Why Do P.O.T.S Patients Pass Out?

These “black-outs” where you constantly feel like you are going to pass out—but may not completely lose consciousness may be related to a lack of volume or lack of blood flow to the brain. Medically, we use the terms “dehydration” and “hypovolemia.” These terms are not interchangeable (although you will see that quite frequently” and each has a specific meaning.

The Trouble with AGE (Advanced Glycation Endproducts) is Glucose—and You Can Stop It.

The Trouble with AGE (Advanced Glycation Endproducts) is Glucose—and You Can Stop It.

AGE is the technical term for a protein plus a sugar. Proteins are all over the place—whether it’s in the form of an enzyme or a structural protein like the ones in your eyes or heart. Proteins get sugar coating and that makes them dysfunctional. It’s kind of like the bottom of a ship that gets barnacles and then it won’t float so well anymore. When this happens, the body has to throw out those proteins or recycle them—or its very stressful to the body, and it’ll wear down.

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