Diet Types: Specific Ratio Diets
Specific ratio diets, most notably The Zone Diet, advocate eating foods in the precise ratio of 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 30% fat at every meal.
Similar to low carbohydrate diets, The Zone Diet teaches individuals to stay away from sugars (from sodas and pre-packaged baked goods) and refined starches (from white bread, white rice, and white pasta).
The Zone Diet is less restrictive of carbohydrate intake than low carb diets and is therefore much more reasonable than read more
One of the major factors that affects cholesterol levels is dietary intake of 1) cholesterol and 2) saturated fats (as well as trans fats). (See EMG’s Cholesterol Introduction for an in depth review of cholesterol and non-nutritional factors). Excessive cholesterol in the diet (found in foods from animal sources) can increase unhealthy LDL cholesterol levels. Therefore, it is prudent to follow the general cholesterol recommendations from the American Heart Association and Dietary Guideline read more
Over the past decade or two, carbohydrates have been demonized for their presumed role in the growing waistlines of Americans. Consequently, “low-carb” diets, such as the Atkins Diet, emerged to combat the intake of carbs. The problem with this line of reasoning is that, although consuming excessive amounts of simple carbohydrates can cause weight gain, not all carbs (especially complex carbohydrates) are inherently bad. In fact, carbs are the body’s primary and preferred source of fuel. So, eliminating or severely read more
The following article discusses the subject of co-administering anastrozole with testosterone therapy. As a note, The Endocrine Society currently does not recommend for or against the use of anastrozole. Some physicians do prescribe it to mitigate symptoms of high estradiol levels, like gynecomastia and edema.
With this being said, estradiol plays an important role, even in men, so taking it in the absence of clinically diagnosed high estradiol levels and related symptoms may be counterproductive. At this time, there is no consensus on its use or on the optimal estradiol range in read more
What is Sex Hormone Binding Globulin?
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) is a protein that binds to and transports sex hormones, like testosterone and estrogen, through the bloodstream. It safeguards these hormones so that they are not eliminated by the body too quickly.
When SHBG is bound to testosterone or estrogen, these hormones cannot exert their effects on the body. In this state, they are not active or not bioavailable. When not bound to SHBG or other protein carriers, these sex hormones are read more
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) and the Heart
Historically, a major concern about testosterone replacement therapy was that it was potentially harmful to the heart. Testosterone has traditionally been regarded as a hormone that is harmful to the heart.
Why the Misconception?
This misconception stems from the belief that testosterone causes heart disease. Additionally, the high doses of testosterone used by bodybuilders can damage the heart, leading to a variety of diseases and read more
What Is Testosterone? Where Is Testosterone Produced?
Testosterone is the principal male sex hormone and anabolic steroid. More than 95% of testosterone is manufactured by the Leydig’s cells in the testes at various amounts throughout a person’s life. Its actions are most pronounced during puberty. During puberty, it is responsible for causing the maturation of the male sex organs and other masculizing effects.
Yet, testosterone is far more than just a sex hormone. It affects the entire body. It is vitally read more
Quitting smoking can be difficult. Fortunately, quitting smoking products and resources are available to help you quit. Medications and counseling can drastically improve your chances of success.
Select a link below to learn more about available medications (both nicotine based and non-nicotine based), quitting tips, and additional outside resources.
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It is important to begin the section on diabetes by emphasizing just how dangerous the disease truly is. It destroys your body from the inside. It damages every single organ in your body. Ultimately, diabetes kills!
Worse yet, the organs most prominently related to symptoms of diabetes include the kidneys (decreased renal function), the eyes (decreased vision), and, most importantly to many men, the penis (erectile dysfunction). read more
THE BAD NEWS
Although not as popular as erectile dysfunction, ejaculatory dysfunction is actually the most common form of sexual dysfunction.
THE GOOD NEWS
Ejaculatory dysfunction can be treated! That’s right. So, stop being embarrassed, and go see your doctor.
What Are the Disorders of Ejaculation?
There are four of them: premature ejaculation (PE), delayed ejaculation, retrograde (reverse) read more