Physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. To stay healthy, perform optimally, and slow the aging process, you need to be physically active throughout your life. Poor fitness is linked to obesity, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.1 Men who do not exercise regularly are more likely to suffer from the chronic problems shown below. They are also more likely to become physically disabled.
Two Sides of Physical Activity: Aerobic and read more
Resistance Training vs. Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Similar to testosterone replacement therapy, resistance exercise increases muscle size and strength. Moreover, resistance exercise actually appears to induce greater strength gains than testosterone replacement therapy.1
The reason why resistance exercise induces greater strength gains is due to the fact that testosterone administration alone results in gains in muscle mass. Resistance exercise induces gains in both muscle mass AND neuromuscular function read more
Trans fat is man-made fat formed by artificially “transforming” polyunsaturated liquid fats (corn, soybean, safflower, sunflower, and cottonseed oils) to solid fats. Trans fats are entirely man-made (e.g. they do not exist anywhere in nature) and are the worst possible type of fat one can consume. While trans fat is technically still a type of polyunsaturated fat, the body cannot make use of them. Additionally, they inhibit the body’s ability to utilize healthy polyunsaturated fats like omega-3s.
Plain and simple, avoid 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
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
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
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
Fasting blood glucose is a measure of the quantity of glucose present in an individual’s blood stream after abstaining from eating for at least eight hours.1 This test is used to screen for diabetes. Levels less than 100 mg/dL are considered normal. Levels between 100 and 125 mg/dL indicate impaired glucose tolerance (aka pre-diabetes). Levels above 125 mg/dL indicate diabetes.
The chart below provides fasting read more
The two basic types of cholesterol with which we are concerned with are LDL and HDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol (BAD cholesterol) causes plaque build up on the inside walls of arteries. Over time, this plaque buildup leads to coronary artery disease.1 HDL cholesterol (GOOD cholesterol) removes LDL cholesterol from the blood. HDL cholesterol prevents plaque build up. Thus, it protects against coronary artery read more
Effects of High Blood Pressure: What Does High Blood Pressure Do To Your Body?
High blood pressure can damage the body in two ways: 1) slowly (chronically) or 2) quickly (acutely).1 Thus, the effects of high blood pressure can be seen both in the short-term and the long-term. The concept seems simple enough. Yet, it is important to understand the difference between short-term and long-term effects of high blood pressure because both can be life threatening.