Circuit training is a method of training that combines resistance training with aerobic training. This type of training provides an increase in muscular strength and endurance along with an increase in aerobic fitness.
An exercise “circuit” is a set of resistance exercises done one after the other in relatively rapid succession. When one circuit is complete, the circuit is repeated in the same order. The rest periods between exercises are typically very short (≈15-30 seconds). The weightlifting improves read more
A diet high in fiber is important for overall health. Why? Foods containing fiber slow carbohydrate digestion, minimizing surges in blood glucose. As discussed in the CARBOHYDRATES article, simple carbohydrates are digested quickly by the body and cause blood sugar levels to rapidly rise and then rapidly fall, progressively harming the body over time. Excessive consumption of simple, refined read more
Artificial sweeteners are synthetic sweeteners used in the place of table sugar to sweeten foods and beverages. The most common artificial sweeteners in the US include aspartame (Nutra-Sweet & Equal), saccharin (Sweet’n Low), and sucralose (Splenda).
Stevia (Truvia & PureVia) may also be categorized as an artificial sweetener although it comes from an extract in the naturally occurring Stevia rebaudiana plant.
These sweeteners are an attractive alternative to sugar, as they contain no calories. read more
There is an assortment of low testosterone treatment options for men with low testosterone. These options are known as testosterone replacement therapy, or TRT. Potential types of testosterone include transdermal gels, oral lozenges, implantable pellets, and injectable testosterone. Several factors can be used to determine the best available replacement option for each individual. These factors include cost, insurance coverage, convenience, ease of administration, and potential negative side effects. Before 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
Testosterone implants in the form of small pellets slowly deliver testosterone over the course of three to six months. The testosterone pellets are implanted under the skin by your physician.
Imbedded in the fat, the testosterone pellets gradually dissolve over a few months. This testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) administration method gives a slow, steady constant infusion of read more
The following are the potential signs and symptoms of low testosterone. Experiencing one or more of these items does not necessarily mean you have low testosterone. These signs and symptoms may be related to one of many other, unrelated issues.
Nonetheless, it is important for one to be aware of these potential issues and to discuss with your physician the need to check your testosterone level.
Signs and symptoms of low testosterone:
Decreased sex drive
Loss of muscle read more
What Are the Causes of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Genetic?
What causes IBD?1
Unfortunately, the primary cause of IBD is not known.
IBD is characterized by an inappropriate immune reaction of the body to its own intestinal tract. This reaction results from an altered response to gut microorganisms in a genetically predisposed individual.
Despite the known characteristics of the IBD disease process, the inciting event that initiates the immune read more
What Are the Symptoms of Diabetes?
For both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, symptoms of diabetes can be either acute (occurring immediately) or chronic (occurring slowly over time).
T1DM is more likely to present with acute onset symptoms requiring hospitalization. However both T1DM and T2DM can present acutely and have similar symptoms, including 1 or more of the following:1
Increased read more
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a popular method, which health care professionals use to evaluate body composition based on an individual’s height and weight. A BMI below 18.5 is considered underweight. A normal BMI ranges between 18.5 and 24.9. A BMI between 25 and 29.9 is overweight. A BMI greater than 30 is obese.1
To determine your BMI, enter your information into EMG's read more