The lower back supports the entire upper body. Unfortunately, lower back pain affects millions of men each year, causing anything from mild to severe activity restrictions. In fact, lower back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability.1 Nearly 80% of percent of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives.
The large majority of lower back problems stem from musculoskeletal problems.2 Therefore, the best approach to preventing back pain is keeping your lower back and core both strong and read more
Men are often unclear about the relationship between sleep and aging. Most men commonly think that the older they get the less sleep they need. On the contrary, sleep need does not decrease with age. However, sleep and aging are related in that sleep quality and quantity do tend to decrease with age. As a man ages, he takes longer to fall asleep, sleeps worse, spends less time in deep sleep and REM sleep, and experiences more nighttime awakenings.
Effect of Aging on Sleep
All of these read more
The abdominal wall is composed of 3 major muscle groups: the rectus abdominis, the obliques, and the transversus abdominis. Each group is shown below along with a brief description.
Abdominal/core exercises will train these muscles either in isolation, working to correct areas of isolated weakness, or in combination, working to strengthen motions that resemble everyday movements. The exercises that follow are grouped according to the major muscle group they work. A complete set of abdominal exercises can be found in 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
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) suppresses the natural production of testosterone by the testes. It also reduces sperm production. In most men, it reduces sperm production to levels below what is necessary for fertility. As a result, most men on testosterone therapy are infertile.
While this side effect may not concern certain men, men looking to conceive a child or remain fertile must be aware of this potential side effect of TRT. While read more
What Does Testosterone Do: Simple Overview
When free in the blood stream, testosterone can interact with various cells in the body. These include skeletal muscle cells and fat cells as well as skin, scalp, kidney, prostate, bone and brain cells. In the case of muscle cells, testosterone promotes an increase in the synthesis of two muscle-building proteins. In the case of fat cells, it promotes fat mobilization. It is no surprise that testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has been shown to read more
Unfortunately, as men age, total and free testosterone decline. Worse yet, these declines have been associated with unwanted physical changes such as increased abdominal fat and decreased muscle mass.1-4 Low levels have also been associated with low libido, low energy, and depression.5
Fortunately, certain healthy lifestyle choices, such as exercise and proper diet, may actually increase testosterone naturally. At the very least read more
Several different classes of medications are used to treat depression. An explanation of each class along with examples of medications from each class is as follows:
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
Work to improve mood by increasing the amount of serotonin available in the brain
Have relatively few side effects, the most common being GI upset, sexual dysfunction, and decreased energy level
Are preferred in children and read more
Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms
As a man ages, he must be aware of both typical and atypical heart attack signs and symptoms. Early treatment is essential to both short-term and long-term survival. The most important factor in survival when a heart attack occurs is early defibrillation. Defibrillation involves delivering a therapeutic electrical shock to the heart and can be lifesaving if it is performed in time.
Symptoms of Depression
The initial symptoms of depression are not always the commonly described symptoms of low mood, anhedonia, and other forms of sadness. Frequently, the first symptoms of depression include tiredness, headache, GI issues, and weight loss or gain. People with depression may also become irritable or easily distracted rather than overtly sad.
Basically, depression can present in a read more