Mitochondrial Health is Metabolic Health with Cynthia Thurlow


As we age, our bodies undergo various changes that can impact our overall health. One of the most significant changes is the decline in insulin sensitivity, which can lead to a host of metabolic issues. In this episode of The Girlfriend Doctor, Cynthia Thurlow delves into the complexities of insulin sensitivity and how we can navigate the challenges that come with it.

Cynthia Thurlow is a nurse practitioner and expert in metabolic health and intermittent fasting for women's health. With over 20 years of experience in cardiology and metabolic health, Cynthia emphasizes the importance of metabolic health and insulin sensitivity in our overall well-being. 

In this episode, Cynthia shares her personal experience with intermittent fasting and how it has helped her and her clients. She also covers the role of stress, exercise, and sleep in metabolic health, as well as the importance of individualized care for women's health, and she shares her thoughts on aging, personal choices, and the importance of internal work.


Key Takeaways:

00:03:25 Insulin sensitivity and the impact of our eating habits

00:05:35 Importance of making little changes and balance

00:13:30 Reprogramming your mind 

00:18:25 Insulin sensitivity

00:19:20 Impact of visceral adiposity 

00:25:00 Benefits of creatine monohydrate for women

00:28:55 Benefits of Myo Acetol supplements

00:32:25 Importance of sleep 

00:34:25 Highlights and key points

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Memorable Quotes

"People make assumptions, oh, it's common to be obese and overweight by x age. It's common to have aches and pains. It's common to have poor sleep and how so many of us have been conditioned to accept these things, and I'll be the first person to say that does not have to be our destiny. So, a lot of the work that I do is helping people understand the net impact of these lifestyle choices and how we can make better choices.” [00:05:52] - Cynthia Thurlow

"I think for many people they get fixated just on the exterior and not enough internal work, and that's the most important work, is what we do in terms of, you know, supporting ourselves spiritually, mentally, physiologically." [00:13:40] - Cynthia Thurlow


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Dr. Anna Cabeca

Dr. Anna Cabeca

Certified OB/GYN, Anti-Aging and Integrative Medicine expert and founder of The Girlfriend Doctor. During Dr. Anna’s health journey, she turned to research to create products to help thousands of women through menopause, hormones, and sexual health. She is the author of best-selling The Hormone Fix, and Keto-Green 16 and MenuPause.

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