Over The Counter Sleep Aids
OTC sleep aids (Benadryl, Nytol, Sominex, Unisom, Tylenol PM, etc) are good at helping you get to sleep for a night or two during a bout of temporary insomnia or during a mild illness, such as a cold or flu. However, they are not a preferred insomnia treatment for chronic insomnia for the following two reasons.
First, over the counter (OTC) sleep aids use a sedating antihistamine to induce sleep. For example, Tylenol PM contains the antihistamine diphenhydramine, which may cause drowsiness. Additional typical side effects include morning hangover, nausea, read more
The following twelve bicep exercises for men and accompanying videos work the bicep muscles, the large muscles on the front of the upper arms. Select any of the bicep exercises for the accompanying video and detailed explanation. These exercises are grouped as follows. Below the exercises and infographic, find three bicep workouts.
Barbell/EZ Bar Exercises
Bicep Exercises for Men
Barbell/EZ Bar Bicep Exercises for Men
Fats are the most energy dense of the three macronutrients. They provide about 9 calories per gram, while carbohydrates and proteins provide about 4 calories per gram. There are a variety of different types of fat. Fats are broken down into animal-based fats (saturated fats) and non-animal fats (unsaturated fats).
Specific examples for the types of fat are listed below with a brief description of whether a particular fat is healthy or unhealthy.
Types of Fat: A Complete Visual Breakdown
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Testosterone injections deliver testosterone deep into the muscle. The testosterone is then absorbed directly into the blood stream over time. The absorption period depends on the type of testosterone injected. Injections usually take place in the thighs, glutes or deltoid muscles.
The most common forms of injectable testosterone for Testosterone Replacement read more
Our bodies secrete growth hormone (GH) at their highest levels during puberty. However, beginning in early to mid-adulthood, GH secretion decreases at an average rate of approximately 14% per decade.1 As a result, by late adulthood total GH secretion is typically less than half of total HGH secretion in early adulthood.2 The graph to the right shows typical growth hormone levels versus age. In one study, 35% of men older than 60 years of age were GH-deficient.3
Growth Hormone and Aging: Somatopause
The read more
Gynecomastia is breast enlargement in males due to benign (non-cancerous) breast tissue growth. It is caused by an imbalance between testosterone and estrogen. In other words, there is too much estrogen relative to testosterone. It can be physically uncomfortable, psychologically distressing, and may have a negative impact on self-confidence and body image.
Male breast tissue contains receptors for androgens (like testosterone) and estrogens.1 Most men think of estrogen as an exclusively female hormone, but men read more
What are Stroke Risk Factors?
Stroke risk factors can be broken down into ischemic stroke risk factors and hemorrhagic stroke risk factors. Within these two broad classes of stroke risk factors are those that are controllable and those that are not.
Uncontrollable Risk Factors
Risk factors that cannot be controlled include age, race, male gender, ethnicity, history of migraine headaches, sickle cell disease, fibromuscular dysplasia, and family history of stroke.
Controllable Risk read more
Causes of High Blood Pressure
There are numerous causes of high blood pressure. Basically, anything that increases the force of blood coming out of the heart and decreases the amount of space in the vascular system to accommodate that force increases overall blood pressure.
High blood pressure is almost universally caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Environmental factors are the most modifiable causes of high blood pressure; they include inactivity, stress, obesity, tobacco use, salt read more