The Institute for Advanced Medical Research has always been on the forefront of cutting edge treatments for diseases, and they show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The Institute recently launched a new program specifically for Brain Health and Wellness.
Dr. Sheila Namanworth believes strongly in overall health, both mentally and physically. Over the years she's seen first hand the correlation the two can have on one another.
Ever been stressed, anxious or depressed and headed to the fridge for comfort, only to find the added pounds from all those extra calories make you feel even worse? That's because during times of anxiety and depression, your body releases large amounts of cortisol, the hormone that increases weight gain. Not to mention that when you're feeling down, you're usually not exactly in the mood to hit the gym or sometimes even get off the couch, which can lead to even more weight gain.
"Research has found that treating mild to severe depression can not only make you feel like yourself again, it can also reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease and stroke," offered Dr. Namanworth, Vice-President and Brain Health & Wellness Program Clinical Director.
By now most people know the common methods of depression treatment such as therapy, prescription medication and exercise, but you've probably never considered Botox as a treatment for feeling blue.
Botox isn't just for wrinkles or regaining that youthful look. It has recently been approved by the FDA to treat migraines, and two independent studies have found it can be effective in fighting depression. Theories suggest those fine lines and furrows in your brow may be an indicator of your mental and emotional health. Injecting Botox into the facial muscles that work with emotion may help treat depression by blocking the passage of signals to the brain that reinforce those negative emotions.
Dr. Namanworth and the Institute are constantly on the search for new treatments like Botox and low field magnetic therapy to treat emotional imbalances so their patients can lead happier and healthier lives.
So while you're working hard to keep your diet in check and getting plenty of exercise, if you're feeling down or just a little off, be sure to talk to a doctor. Not just for the sake of your mental and emotional health, but for your overall wellness.
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