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  1. Weight loss can boost testosterone levels

    Men, there are two main conditions that can cause your testosterone levels to plunge. One's completely within your control... one's completely out of it.

    They're extra pounds and extra years, and you can take a big hit from either one. And if you're tacking on both at the same time, you'll end up feeling like half the man you used to be -- even if you're twice the size.

    Some 900 overweight prediabetic men were assigned to either the diabetes drug metformin, a placebo, or a weight-loss regimen for a year. Those who got the drugs and placebo saw no changes in their hormone levels.

    But half of the men with low testosterone who lost weight saw their levels rise -- with a drop of 17 pounds leading to an average testosterone boost of 15 percent.

    Hey, better than nothing at all and if you're overweight you need to lose the pounds anyway. But 15 percent isn't enough to stoke your internal fires.

    It's barely enough to light a match.

    The men in the study who had low testosterone were at or below 300 nanograms per deciliter, which means a 15 percent increase would put them at a maximum of 345 nanograms per deciliter.

    For normal male function, by comparison, you need between 500 and 1,000 nanograms per deciliter.

    Sure, you could lose more than 17 pounds, but that's not the entire answer here. Like I said, age takes a toll of its own, and there's no "treatment" for that (the party every year is nice, though).

    Visit a naturopathic physician experienced in natural hormone supplementation. He can check your levels, top you off and monitor your progress. I recommend a doctor who belongs to the American College for Advancement in Medicine.

  2. Diabetes ups dementia risk

    If you thought diabetes was bad before, wait 'til you see what it's been connected to now...

    Alzheimer's disease.

    I'm not talking about a small risk, either. Turns out that diabetics have DOUBLE the risk of Alzheimer's disease.

    (That is... if they live long enough to face any age-related cognitive decline in the first place.)

    The researchers who uncovered this connection also found that diabetics had a 75 percent boost in the odds of any kind of dementia at all.

    Think you're safe because you don't quite have diabetes yet? Think again: Pre-diabetics also faced a higher risk of dementia, along with anyone who was even showing early signs -- like high blood sugar levels two hours after a meal.

    The researchers say their study doesn't show why diabetes increases the risk of dementia -- but it's pretty obvious to me.

    Obesity, a major risk factor for diabetes, also happens to be a risk factor for dementia -- especially if you put those pounds on in mid-life (or earlier) and spend the next few decades dragging them around everywhere. (Read more here.)

    Diabetics also have high levels of overall inflammation -- another risk factor for dementia.

    For the icing on the cake, one of the key drugs used by millions of diabetics -- metformin -- can rob the brain of essential vitamin B12. And as I just told you, low levels of this nutrient can shrink the brain, short-circuit your memory and bring on dementia.

    Bottom line here: If you want to save your brain, start with your belly.

  3. Mommy issues

    But in a twisted experiment that never should have made it past an ethics committee, researchers pumped 8-year-old girls full of the diabetes drug metformin for four years to see how it would affect their fertility later on.
  4. Diabetics missing key nutrients

    One of the most common diabetes drugs is a nutritional vampire, sucking a key vitamin right out of the millions unlucky enough to be taking it.
  5. Tubby teens pushed towards diabetes drugs for weight loss

    Your kid may not have diabetes, but that won't stop the pediatric pushers from trying to get him hooked on diabetes drugs in order to shed a few pounds.

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