About Shiela Malkani
Traditional Chinese & Vietnamese Medicine Practitioner
Health Food Chef
Remscheid, Germany, Geneva, Switzerland
Metabolic health, functional health, insulin management, hormone balancing and optimization, chronic disease prevention and immune health, men’s and women’s health, digestive health.
I practice a collaborative, (w)holistic approach to health. I specialize in metabolic health optimisation, hormone wellness, fertility linked to PCOS, and immune health. Besides my formal training in functional medicine and nutrition, I have received extensive training on microbiome health, plant based nutrition and chronic disease prevention, children’s nutrition and have additional experience in glucose metabolism.
Why Metabolic Health?
80% of European adults have at least one marker of Metabolic Syndrome.
What do frequent migraines, brain fog, cysts, high cholesterol, erectile dysfunction and persistant weight issues have in common?
Insulin is a powerful hormone that literally touches every cell of your body. When your cells become resistant to it – and our diet and lifestyle choices from a very young age on affect this – they will start to misfunction and from there create a cascade of health issues ranging from discomfort to life-threating disease. Unfortunately, this cellular degradation starts to happen years before it shows up in the standard blood tests. The good news is: most insulin resistance is reversible!
Your metabolic health is the invisible conductor directing your overall health.YOU have the power to re-program it.
Libido, hot flashes, low T
and erectile function: insulin is directly implicated in hormone synthesis which will affect your testosterone levels, libido
and your body’s thermal regulation.
Erectile dysfunction is actually one of the earliest markers of cardiovascular issues
(see below) where insulin resistance
leads to poor vascularisation.
Persistent weight issues, fat around the midsection, water retention:
Visceral fat is a special kind of fat that produces inflammatory molecules and creates a cascade of metabolic dysfunction, one of which misregulates sex hormones which causes BOTH women AND men to produce too much estrogen. Insulin resistance leads to cells being informed to increase fat deposits rather than burning them.
Cognitive function and dementia: Insulin resistance makes your neurons release increased amoutns of amyloids – protein bits implicated in Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases – into the spaces between the nerves and the brain leading to dangerous plaques.
Before it even gets to this stage, brain fog is another typical byproduct of insulin resistance.
Inflammaging: Excess visceral fat creates a consistent flow of low level inflammation which, in turn, inhibits healthy insulin signaling and leads to excessive oxidation or cell aging which shows up in bone and muscle loss, chronic health issues and neurodegeneration (see points above and below)
Brain fog, migraines, blood lipids: it is impossible to separate cardiovascular – and thus brain – health from insulin management. Insulin resistance leads to thickening of blood vessel walls and impairs natural blood vessel dilation and also drives the production of small, dense LDL cholesterol which then create plaques.
Cysts, Fertility, Endometriosis: Insulin resistance creates a dysfunction in the production of healthy sex hormone levels, resulting in a dominance of androgens. Hardening and excess tissue growth lead to ovarian cysts, endometriosis and more, disrupting healthy fertility function.