As stated in the Carbohydrates section, maintaining stable blood sugar levels is important for maintaining stable energy levels throughout the day and for maintaining a healthy weight. Consuming simple, fast-releasing carbohydrates leads to a rapid elevation in blood sugar levels that is followed by a rapid decrease in blood sugar levels. These rapid variations in blood sugar read more
Sleep apnea affects the way you breathe when you’re sleeping, and it deprives the brain of oxygen and has serious consequences. For example, sleep apnea results in chronic sleep deprivation which causes daytime sleepiness, slow reflexes, poor concentration, and an increased risk of accidents. Sleep apnea also leads to serious health problems over time, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and weight gain.1,2
Do You Have Sleep Apnea Questionnaire?
The following sleep apnea questionnaire provided by 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
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 also safeguards these hormones so that they are not eliminated by the body too quickly. When SHBG is bound to testosterone or estrogen, these sex 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 read more
As a man ages, he loses muscle mass, typically about 0.5- 1.0% per year after the age of 40.1 These loses may seem very small, but by the age of 50 these losses add up to roughly a 5-10% loss in muscle mass. Additionally, this loss in muscle mass is typically accompanied by an increase in fat mass, especially abdominal fat.
The term for the age-related decline in muscle mass is sacropenia. According to one study, approximately one in every two men over the age of 60 suffer from moderate sacropenia.2 Sacropenia read more
Reproductive and urinary problems increase in prevalence with aging. With the length of life expectancy in the US, most men will probably be affected by such a problem during their lifetime.
The most common reproductive and urinary problems include prostate cancer, benign prostate hyperplasia, erectile dysfunction, ejaculatory disorders, and urinary incontinence. While many men find these issues embarrassing, understanding these problems and addressing them with a physician can greatly help in their diagnosis, treatment, and read more
Smoking is the primary and most prominent cause of COPD. Put simply, COPD is a disease of smokers. Exposure to tobacco smoke accounts for approximately 90% of COPD risk. Smoking causes inflammation inside the lungs, which destroys lung tissue and eventually leads to COPD. The earlier you start smoking, the more you smoke, and whether or not you still smoke are the major predictors of whether or not you will develop COPD and how much the disease will effect you and potentially kill you once it is read more
Certain individuals have an extremely significant genetic predisposition (aka familial hypercholesterolemia1) to elevated cholesterol levels, particularly LDL cholesterol. These individuals are either heterozygous (1 of 2 genes) or homozygous (2 of 2 genes) for certain genes that cause extremely high cholesterol.
These individuals may have LDL cholesterol levels ranging into the 1000’s. They are very difficult to treat and may not respond effectively to even the strongest medications. They read more