In an increasingly hectic world, sleep rarely gets enough attention. Yet, adequate sleep is essential to achieve and maintain good health. So the question becomes, how to sleep better? The following principles provide an outline on how to sleep better. Reap sleep’s healthy rewards with a better night's sleep.
How To Sleep Better Guide
More is not necessarily better when it comes to vitamins, especially fat-soluble vitamins. The American Academy of Family Physicians lists the following vitamin overdose side effects sometimes associated with taking too much of a particular vitamin.
Vitamin A - Nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, clumsiness, birth defects, liver problems, and possible risk of osteoporosis. You may be at greater risk of these effects if you drink high amounts of alcohol or if you have liver problems, high cholesterol levels, or do not read more
Diet Types: Point System Diets
Point system diets, most notably Weight Watchers, assign every food a point value (higher equals more calories; lower equals less calories.) The goal is simply to stay under the number of points allocated each day. In the new Weight Watchers Point Plus program, calories still count toward points. However, foods rich in protein and fiber are allocated fewer points than foods low in protein and fiber with the same number of calories. Calorie-dense foods that contain more fat and simple 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
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
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
What is Dihydrotestosterone?
Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, is a sex hormone, like testosterone. It plays a significant role in both the development and maintenance of certain male physical and sexual characteristics. It also plays an important role in certain men's health problems, like benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement aka BPH) and male pattern baldness. For these read more
Unfortunately, as we age, our ability to focus at near distances decreases. This condition is known as presbyopia (literally translated as trying to see as old men do). It is inevitable, normal part of the aging process, and, although it may be hard to accept, it is something that you can be aware of and can prepare for. Although frustrating, presbyopia is benign, and readily treatable with the use of reading read more
IBS Treatment and Prognosis
Interestingly, the treatment of IBS primarily involves psychological support and dietary changes. Medications are available to help with symptoms but are generally secondary.
Fiber supplementation may help with symptoms of constipation and diarrhea; however, evidence on the effectiveness of fiber is inconclusive and patients may experience increased bloating and discomfort.
High water intake is important, especially for read more
Blood Pressure Introduction
Doctors talk about high blood pressure, or hypertension, all the time. Everyone knows that high blood pressure is bad for you and can lead to numerous health problems. The healthcare industry as a whole spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year on medications and other treatments for high blood pressure. Yet, do you really know what it is and why it really is bad for you?
What Is Blood Pressure?