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
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
Alcohol Consumption: Best in Moderation
Alcohol consumption is frequently a part of socialization worldwide, whether it’s a few beers on the golf course, a bottle of wine on a special occasion, or a liquor drink after a hard day of work.
The Good News: Drinking alcohol in moderation can be part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.1,2,3 Alcohol can help you relax and has been shown to relax blood vessels throughout the body. According to one prominent Harvard study, men consuming 1-2 alcoholic beverages per day had 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
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
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
Quantitative Androgen Deficiency in Aging Males (qADAM) Questionnaire
The following quantitative ADAM questionnaire assesses whether or not you should ask your doctor about low testosterone.
1) How would you rate your libido (sex drive)?
2) How would you rate your energy level?
3) How would you rate your strength and endurance?
4) How would you rate your read more
There are three major classes of GERD medications for treating gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). They include antacids, H2 receptor blockers, and proton pump inhibitors. Additionally several surgical procedures are available to reduce GERD.
Antacids provide immediate, short-term relief from GERD symptoms by temporarily neutralizing acids in the esophagus. These can be used anytime to decrease the symptoms of GERD but do not provide a long-term solution as read more
Common GERD symptoms include the following:
Less common GERD symptoms may include the following:
Sour taste in mouth
The diagnosis of GERD is usually made based on clinical signs and symptoms. Lab tests (measuring the acid levels in the esophagus or read more
Different Types of Skin Cancer1,2,3
There are three types of skin cancer in order of gravity: melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma. A complete description of each is provided below. Have a dermatologist thoroughly check your body once a year for skin cancer, and report suspicious moles immediately.
Arise from melanocytes (pigmented cells in the skin)
Can develop in or around lesions already on the skin or in healthy looking skin
Some types caused read more