The Wellness Paradox on Facebook The Wellness Paradox on LinkedIn The Wellness Paradox on YouTube The Wellness Paradox on Apple Podcasts The Wellness Paradox on Spotify Podcasts
◀ Back to Podcasts

Understanding and Preventing REDS with Dr. Melissa Novak


Download The Wellness Paradox on Apple Podcasts The Wellness Paradox on Spotify Podcasts

Understanding and Preventing REDS with Dr. Melissa Novak

Embark on an enlightening exploration of Relative Energy Deficiency Syndrome (REDS) with Dr. Melissa Novak, a sports medicine physician with a profound dedication to the health of athletes and active individuals. Our conversation uncovers the hidden dangers of underfueling and societal pressures on body image, providing crucial insights for anyone who moves their body with purpose. Dr. Novak, drawing from her deep well of experience both as an athlete and a physician, brings an intimate understanding of the risks and signs of REDS that transcend the well-known female athlete triad.

This episode doesn't just spotlight the challenges; it's a treasure trove of knowledge, arming exercise professionals with the tools to recognize early warning signs that could prevent long-term health issues. From compromised immunity to psychological red flags, we cover a spectrum of indicators that are vital for maintaining the delicate balance between peak performance and overall well-being.

Dr. Novak passionately advocates for this integrated approach, emphasizing the role of exercise as medicine. With her at the helm of our discussion, listeners gain not just a deeper understanding but also actionable strategies to prioritize health in the pursuit of physical excellence.

Our Guest: Dr. Melissa Novak, MD

Dr. Novak is a primary care sports medicine doctor. She helps athletes through their acute injuries and helps them prevent injuries. She also cares for athletes' overall health. She has a special interest in adolescent and young adult female athletes.

Dr. Novak has expertise in bone health and what is called the "female athlete triad" -- low energy, menstrual dysfunction and low bone density. She also has special expertise in knee injuries. Helping to prevent injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee is an important part of her practice.

As a doctor of osteopathy, she also has special training in using her hands to manipulate patients' muscles and joints to diagnose, treat and prevent illness or injury.

Dr. Novak serves as team physician for Portland State University, providing sports medicine care for varsity athletes in the PSU training room, in her OHSU clinic and on the field during athletic events.

Links from this Episode:

Dr. Novak's OSHU Bio Webpage

Dr. Novak - LinkenIn