One of the most common concerns for anyone new to weight training is whether to supplement their protein intake. Answering this question becomes more difficult because just about everyone you meet believes he’s an expert on protein supplements. This leads to a lot of misinformation and confusion. However, with some key information about daily protein intake, the different types of protein, and what to look for when choosing a protein supplement, you will be able to cut through the junk and find the protein intake read more
Below is a glycemic index chart and glycemic load chart for common foods. These measurements indicate a food's effect on blood sugar levels. First though is a brief discussion of the primary difference between the two metrics.
The Glycemic Index ranges from 0 to 100. It indicates a food's effect on blood glucose. Lower values tell you that a food effects blood glucose less. Higher values tell you that a food effects blood glucose more. A GI of 0 to 55 is considered low, a GI of 56 to 69 is read more
Aerobic Exercise Benefits
Aerobic exercise provides numerous health benefits shown below. Additionally, aerobic exercise can reverse certain chronic health problems regardless of when a man becomes more physically active.
Why Is Aerobic Exercise So Important?
Aerobic exercise improves body composition (increased lean muscle; decreased fat), mood, and sleep quality and duration. Regular aerobic exercise also lowers low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol read more
Why should you continue to follow-up with your physician throughout your course of testosterone replacement therapy?
1. To check your total testosterone blood levels: When your doctor puts you on an initial testosterone replacement dosage, his or her goal is to get your total level to mid-to-high normal testosterone levels usually between 500 and 700 ng/mL. The initial dose does not always get you into this range, so it may need to be adjusted.
Of course, the goal of testosterone replacement therapy is to read more
Luteinizing Hormone (LH) is a hormone secreted by the anterior pituitary gland (a small endocrine gland in the base of the brain). Once secreted in men, it stimulates the testes to produce testosterone, which acts as the primary male hormone and is essential for the production of sperm.1
Similar to follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which is also produced by the pituitary gland, LH plays a vital role in the hormonal status and read more
Androgen deficiency is a relatively common problem in older men. It is also thought to be responsible for many symptoms once considered to be the result of normal aging. About 1 in 5 older men have a total testosterone level that falls below the normal range. (See Testosterone Levels By Age).
However, many men, even those in the lower end of the normal range, still suffer from problems associated with low read more
January 31st, 2014
On January 31st, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement saying that it is investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products. Additional major updates to this topic are presented below in chronological order.
"We have been monitoring this risk and decided to reassess this safety issue based on the recent publication of two separate studies that each suggested an increased risk of cardiovascular events among groups of 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 read more
A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye or its surrounding structures that obstructs the passage of light. The lens is a clear part of the eye that helps to focus light, or an image, on the retina.
In a normal eye, light passes through the transparent lens to the retina on the back of an eye. The lens must be clear for the retina to receive a sharp image. If the lens is cloudy from a cataract, the image you see will be 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 read more