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A research team at George Washington University has reported that men with borderline levels of testosterone (defined as 200-350 ng/dl in this study) had much higher rates of depressive symptoms and depression when compared with the general population. The 200 men (ages 20-77; average 48 years) in the study had been referred for tertiary care for their borderline clinically low T levels.
Remember though, most “experts” do not agree on what constitutes borderline and normal levels of testosterone. Figures that are frequently quoted are about 270 to 1,070 ng/dL as a normal testosterone range (average, 679 ng/dL) with some researchers suggesting that the healthiest men have levels of testosterone between 400 and 600 ng/dL. (more…)
Death is a topic men generally don’t like to talk about much, and when they do, most say they would like to die quickly. You may think that a heart attack is one of the top ways men check out suddenly, but you’d be wrong. In fact, although the heart is involved in three of the ways men can lose their lives almost instantly, a myocardial infarction does not make the top five list. Here are the ones that do: (more…)
Taking a probiotic supplement is one of the best things you can do for your body. The special microorganisms that we call beneficial bacteria dwell in your gut (intestinal tract) where they help maintain a healthful, balanced environment that is critical for overall health and prevention of disease.
Although you can get probiotics from fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchee—and you should enjoy these foods–many men find that taking a high-quality probiotic supplement makes the most sense and is simpler to do on a daily basis.
One major reason is you know you are getting large amounts of many different beneficial bacteria. The prebiotic benefit you get from selected foods is helpful, but it feeds the bacteria you have. It doesn’t provide a sufficient amount of active bacteria, nor the varieties that your body and mind need, for optimal function and well-being.
Also, if the foods have been pasteurized or processed, the likelihood of getting a viable prebiotic effect is even less. This is the case with most of the commercial kombucha teas that are touted for their probiotic benefit when in fact the acidic environment in kombucha actually kills off any beneficial probiotic bacteria.
Probiotic supplements, or just “probiotics,” isn’t just one kind of bacteria; Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are the primary types, with many different species within each genus and many strains in each species. You want to ingest a variety of probiotics because different strains provide different health benefits.
What are those benefits? Here are 10 reasons men should take probiotics: (more…)
If you are looking for an easy way to boost your testosterone levels you may find the answer in an adjustment to your daily workout schedule. The results of a recent study suggest you can increase your T levels by engaging in a short but vigorous session of weight training or sprints in the morning hours.
Testosterone levels naturally decline throughout the day, which means you can be left feeling lethargic and off your game by the end of the day. Such a drop in T isn’t exactly a plus for after-work exercise or bedroom romance. (more…)
Already a nutritional superstar for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, garlic may also fight degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
When environmental stress damages the brain, immune cells race to the site and multiply to protect the brain from further harm. Unfortunately, as these immune cells mobilize, they produce nitric oxide a molecule that can benefit some tissues by opening up blood vessels for better flow to muscles but harm others, as excess nitric oxide is thought to contribute to degenerative brain diseases.
Now Missouri School of Medicine scientists have found that a carbohydrate in aged garlic, known as FruArg, can inhibit nitric oxide production and protect the brain against aging and disease.
Can you just order linguine with garlic and oil to reap the benefits? Not exactly, “Garlic supplements offer more beneficial properties,” says lead study author Zezong Gu, M.D., Ph.D., who recommends 300-1,000 mg a day of aged garlic extract powder to get the effect.
Severely limiting how many calories you eat may combat heart disease and even extend your life, research suggests. But don’t try it when you’re young or your muscles may pay the price.
In a new study conducted in China, the calorie intake of young and middle-aged rats was cut by 40%. And, surprise: Young rats lost muscle mass, but older rats kept it along with a more youthful metabolism. In short, they got to kick some young mouse ass for a while.
So wait till midlife to test extreme calorie reduction; and even then, cut no more than 35% – a 40% drop isn’t recommended for humans (not even supermodels).
If you’re like most Americans, you spend about 65 percent of your waking hours sedentary. That translates into 9 to 10 hours of sitting every day. For people who are in the telecommunications business, the figure tops the 12 hour mark – half a day on your butt!
Even if you work out at the gym for an hour every day or jog to and from work, those 60 or so minutes of daily physical activity surprisingly do not erase the unhealthful impact of too much sitting. In fact, a recent report from the Mayo Clinic noted that six hours of uninterrupted sitting eliminated the benefits of one hour of exercise.
So what happens to your body when you sit too much? Let’s start at the top and work our way down the body: (more…)
Despite the fact that watermelon is composed of 92 percent water, it manages to provide a wealth of important nutrients and health benefits for men, and all for a minimal amount of calories. Here’s a few of them:
Up until now, the research on the benefits of beets and beet juice for athletes and athletic performance have centered around the nitrates in this root vegetable. These nitrates have been identified as being responsible for boosting blood circulation and increasing the transportation of oxygen to the muscles. In fact it was rumored that up to 90% of the athletes at the London Olympics were legally supplementing their diets with beet juice!
But now the news about beets just got better—and it still involves the same nitrates. At the University of Exeter, researchers discovered yet one more reason why athletes should eat beets. It turns out that the boost of oxygen sent to the brain may also allow athletes who are engaged in prolonged exercise (endurance athletes) to make smarter decisions and react more rapidly late in the game. That is, beets may help keep a tired brain sharp during the last quarter of a football game or the final 10 miles of a 100-mile bike ride. (more…)
If you are a member of the one-minute club, you have plenty of company. About 20 percent of men in the United States experience premature ejaculation at some point in their lives.
The definition of premature ejaculation really depends on the couple. For some, one or two minutes is considered to be premature; for others, it is longer. Basically, ejaculation is deemed to be premature if it occurs before a couple wants it to.
Whether you tend to pull the trigger occasionally or on a more regular basis, don’t worry. You can beat premature ejaculation on your own, in most cases, without professional help. However, if you find the self-help tips don’t do the trick, then by all means consider going pro. In any case, both types of tips are presented here. (more…)