#119 It’s Probably Your Hormones: Balancing Your Hormones to Improve Your Health with Dr Mary Ryan

Dr. Mary Ryan is a consultant physician, endocrinologist, and Senior Lecturer with the Post Graduate School of Medicine. She lectures to GPs nationwide as well as to the general public on preventing Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and its complications. She is a member of the Women’s Heart Advisory Group for the Irish Heart Foundation and the National Lipid Steering Committee, as well as provides public lectures on behalf of the Irish Heart Foundation on heart disease prevention. She has made regular contributions to radio and television shows throughout her career and shared her expert views on Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Endocrinology. As an active advocate for heart health and heart disease prevention as well as a wonderful Soprano singer, she has produced a CD entitled “The Next Chapter,” where she raised well-needed funds for the Irish Heart Foundation. She is a graduate of Trinity College with an MB, BCH, BAO, and Honours in the Foundation Scholarship. She later went on to obtain a MA and MD from Trinity College, where she specialized in Diabetes, Obesity, and Insulin Resistance.

Today, Dr. Mary joins me to discuss the importance of taking care of yourself and how stress and lifestyle affect hormones. She shares the story of how she became a doctor and some of the professors who inspired her to become an endocrinologist. Dr. Mary explains the role of the pituitary gland and what happens when hormones become imbalanced. She shares her suggestions to help balance hormones, how to listen to your body, and how to recharge from stress in order to prevent burnout. We discuss the vicious cycle of stress that we see our patients get caught in, how education is the key to understanding how to take control of your health, and discuss how you can best educate yourself. We also discuss the writing process and the surprises Dr. Mary encountered while writing her book It’s Probably Your Hormones: From Appetite to Sleep, Periods to Sex Drive, Balance Your Hormones to Unlock Better Health.

“Hormones control everything – they control your moods, your desires, all your muscles, your immune system – they control every single organ in your body.” – Dr. Mary Ryan

This week on In the Doctor’s Chair:

  • Dr. Mary’s journey to becoming an Endocrinologist
  • The mentors that inspired Dr. Mary along the way
  • How your hormones affect your physical, mental, and emotional health
  • How stress levels affect your overall wellbeing
  • The benefits of counseling
  • How to prevent Type 2 Diabetes through diet
  • Why spending time in nature leads to better health

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