Sexual Health

  1. Taking a second look at nutrition labels

    Taking a second look at nutrition labels

    The children's obesity crisis has reached epidemic proportions here in the U.S. - and with all the marketing gimmicks out there, it's not hard to figure out why.

    A new study out of Britain reveals that nine out of 10 regular food items produced specifically for kids have incredibly poor nutritional content. Here's the kicker, though - 62 percent of the foods with horrifically bad nutritional quality had the nerve to put a nutritional claim on the front of the package.

    Of all of the 367 products studied, only 11 percent of them - that's just about 40 of products - actually provided good nutritional value as defined by the non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

    According to the CSPI, a healthy food is one that derives no more than 35 percent of its calories from fat (not counting nuts and seed and nut butters), and that has no more than 35 percent added sugar by weight. Other parts of CSPI's nutritional standards govern sodium content of foods as well.

    But Big Junk Food - like Big Pharma - can't be given an inch, or they'll take a round- the-world trip. The study actually found that 23 percent of the foods with poor nutritional quality made ludicrous nutritional claims that stretched the truth nearly past the breaking point. A product that mixed peanut butter and chocolate claimed to be "a source of six essential nutrients," while a pizza product had packaging that said it was - get this - a "source of calcium."

    Bottom line: Anything processed and packaged shouldn't even make its way into your grocery cart. You can't rely on package claims of nutrition. It's up to America's parents to stay vigilant and help teach kids the right things to eat. That starts at home - not on the shelves of the grocery store.

    The best-kept secret to keeping an active sex life

    Researchers in Finland have discovered that older men who have more sex experience fewer erection problems.

    Imagine how much fun it must've been for the patients involved in that study!

    It seems like this is a sort of chicken or egg statement, doesn't it? After all, don't you have to have an erection in the first place in order to have more sex? But the researchers studied 989 men aged 55 to 75 and found that men who had sex less than once a week had twice the risk of experiencing erectile dysfunction as men who had sex at least once a week.

    Here's how the numbers played out: 79 of 1,000 men who had sex less than once a week experienced erection issues compared with 32 of 1,000 who had sex at least once a week. The real winners (in more ways than one) were the men who had sex THREE times a week (lucky fellas), of whom just 16 of 1,000 experienced erectile dysfunction.

    The study concluded that doctors should advise their patients to follow what's probably the best doctor's advice a man will ever hear: stay as sexually active as possible.

    When it comes to a healthy sex life, it seems the law of "use it or lose it" has been proven.

  2. Diabetes drug boosts sex life

    Diabetes drug boosts sex life

    Men with diabetes are prone to low levels of testosterone, but a new clinical trial has revealed that a topical, gel-based testosterone replacement therapy could improve not only the sufferers' response to insulin - it may also improve their sex lives.

    Dr. T. Hugh Jones of Britain's University of Sheffield tested the effect of Tostran, a testosterone gel, on insulin resistance in men with low testosterone levels and found that both insulin sensitivity and erectile function improved over the course of six to 12 months.

    The only drawback? Some skin irritations were reported. Small potatoes compared to such significant benefits, in my opinion.

    As you well know, I am an ardent supporter of testosterone supplementation in men (and even women in certain cases). I believe testosterone is our most under-used hormone, and many men are losing years off their life because their doctors pay no attention to testosterone levels. So it comes as no surprise to me that this topical gel can yield such beneficial results for diabetes sufferers.

    Sadly, most doctors rarely check testosterone levels, and even when they do, often treat deficiencies incorrectly (in fact, many of my colleagues wouldn't even recognize that there was a deficiency to begin with). Dr. Jones concurs with my view on the value of testosterone: "Awareness of the problems caused by low testosterone is becoming more widespread and its connection to health issues like diabetes continues to become increasingly apparent," he said.

    It's good to see I'm not the only one trying to get everyone pumped up about the many untapped benefits of testosterone.

    Working out bites

    Working out sucks - literally. A new study shows that people who regularly hit the gym are more attractive to blood-sucking mosquitos.

    If you've been looking for an excuse not to work out, you can add "avoiding mosquitos" to the list. Mosquitos choose their victims based on body temperature, amount of carbon dioxide in the breath, and skin chemicals like lactic acid - and exercise boosts the levels of ALL THREE of these signals, which makes people seem tastier to mosquitos during or before a workout.

    Susan Paskewitz, an entomologist from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said that mosquitos tend to make a meal out of the people who emit certain signals. "The main things are how you smell and how hot you are," Paskewitz said.

    So now that summer is here, don't be afraid to park your butt on the couch [link to couch promo] with a tall glass of iced tea. If anyone gives you a hard time, tell them you're just trying to avoid West Nile Virus.

  3. Yet another downside to diabetes

    A new study found yet another downside to obesity and diabetes: infertility.
  4. The mighty "sunshine vitamin" could reduce heart attacks

    According to a new study, men with lower levels of vitamin D are two and a half times as likely to suffer a heart attack.
  5. What your ED could be telling you about your heart

    There's new research claiming that diabetic men who suffer from ED could be twice as likely to develop deadly heart problems.
  6. Is obesity a shrinking problem?

    According to the surveys, it appears that childhood obesity has hit a statistical plateau after rising steadily for more than 20 years.
  7. Adults turn their nose up at the latest vaccinations

    A new "sobering" report released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) claims that too few adults are getting inoculated.
  8. Catapulted into puberty: What every parent should know

    Many medical groups and associations are documenting the undeniable fact that young girls are beginning puberty earlier than ever.
  9. Kids are having more kids than ever

    For the first time since 1991, the number of teens giving birth has gone up, bucking a long downward trend.
  10. Chinese fire drill

    A mere quarter century after the mania of an AIDS epidemic sent everyone scrambling for their condoms and vowing ever-lasting monogamy, and yet it seems that no one in this country has learned their lesson: Sleeping around just isn't a healthy habit.

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