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Ask Dr. Mike: Vitamins for Daily Use, Lead in Your Home PLUS What's Causing Your Weight Gain?

Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans.

Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know:

I'm a 58-year-old female and exercise (sometimes too much). My problem is that since I started taking bioidentical hormones, I've gained 10 pounds. I cannot get rid of it, no matter what I do. I do also have a muffin top and excessive skin. Please tell me what I can do to lose the weight.

Dr. Mike thinks the question should be why are you gaining the weight, because it seems like you're doing everything you should be doing (eating healthy and exercising). It might be a hormone imbalance, which might be why you're taking the hormones in the first place.

Dr. Mike suggests doing a follow-up with your doctor on where your hormones are at. You need to make sure you're at the right level constantly and adjusting your hormone levels. Dr. Mike thinks there's still a hormone imbalance going on, which is making you gain weight.

What year was lead removed from homes? I'm finding some conflicting information. Some are saying 1968, others 1978.

According to Medicine Net, most lead was removed from homes in 1978. If you're buying a house, you want to make sure to find out exactly what year it was built.

There are so many reports and studies on the vitamins we should have daily. It's so hard to keep up! Is there a list available that shows what I need on a daily basis?

You need basic macro- and micro-nutrients every day; vitamins, minerals, and a balanced diet of healthy fats, carbs, and protein.

If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.