Why do some people get fat and others do not? That is a difficult question with complicated answers. Of all the risk factors most people would mention in response to this question, sleep is usually overlooked, mostly because it is overshadowed by more prominent factors like exercise and eating habits. Continue reading
Engaging in one or more physical activities of our choice is something that has many health benefits, both mental and physical. This fact is well known to every single one of us. On the contrary, wasting opportunities to exercise can have some very serious consequences to our overall health. In this article we are going to analyze one of them, the appearance of polyps.
According to a study conducted by the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute of the United States of America, insufficient amount of daily exercise can lead to the appearance of what medical examiners refer to as colon polyps. They are not something to worry about if they are removed as soon as they are spotted, usually through exams like colonoscopy. This is why frequent colorectal screening is very important. Neglecting to undergo such exams can allow polyps, which are benign at first, to turn into malignant tumors and start growing uncontrollably. In other words, not scheduling a standard exam can turn someone into a cancer patient.
The study included 1700 people, both men and women. However, the results demonstrated that men are way more threatened by daily schedules that do not include workouts. In fact, experts documented that men who spend half or more of a 24-hour period in a seated position (for example, while reading, working or writing) have an amazing 45 percent increased chance of developing polyps when compared to other men who spend seven or even fewer hours in similar sedentary activities.
But, as it turned out, following an abstract exercise plan is not enough. Scientists are advising men to have a steady and sufficient workout schedule that they have to follow on a daily basis. Working out once in a while may have some short-term benefits, but, in the long run, polyps may still appear in the colon.
Even though these results can be very alarming for some people, they should not be considered a reason to panic. There is no definite link between polyps and exercising yet, and the study is just offering us some associations that need to be reviewed and verified before the experts start reaching some definite conclusions. Still, even though this study is inconclusive, the advantages of daily exercise are too obvious. So, make sure you add a sufficient amount of exercise time in your daily routine and watch both your body and your mood improve.
Testosterone is definitely one of the most popular hormones. And without a doubt it is the most important one in the body of men. Testosterone is responsible for more than a few functions, the most important of which is sexual activity.
There are several symptoms that are directly linked to low testosterone levels. Decreased testosterone can generate the feeling of fatigue, weakness or even depression in men. It greatly reduces the desire for sexual intercourse while it can also cause erectile dysfunction issues. Sudden weight gain has been documented as well.
The impact of low testosterone on a man’s health – both physical and mental – is huge. But what causes this unpleasant condition?
The Urology Care Foundation announced the most common reasons for low testosterone levels, besides aging. They are the following:
High Cholesterol: 40 percent of men suffering from elevated cholesterol levels also have low testosterone.
Diabetes: About half of male diabetes patients suffer from reduced testosterone levels.
Obesity: The percentage is the same as the one of diabetes.
Chronic drug abuse: 75 percent of men who are chronic abusers of narcotic substances have very low testosterone concentration in the body.
Unfortunately, aging cannot be avoided, and there are also some other causes that only little can be done about. However, there are some ways that men can take in order to maintain their testosterone at decent levels. Here are a few simple tips:
– Get enough sleep. There is a direct connection between lack of sleep and a sudden decrease in testosterone. Make sure you rest adequately.
– Quit smoking. It is a very unhealthy habit that also affects testosterone, among other things. Not only it reduces the concentration of the hormone in the body, but it can also cause erectile dysfunction and even diminish the sperm count.
– Work out to reduce your body fat percentage. Accumulated fat, especially the one around the belly, is known to contribute greatly to reduced testosterone. Regular workouts combined with a healthy diet are guaranteed to burn all the extra fat.
The above are some very useful tips but the most important piece of advice that you can get is this: Do not feel ashamed or embarrassed to discuss the issue with a doctor. There are many men that suffer from various types of sexual health issues, including low testosterone, who remain affected by the condition because they feel too shy to talk about their problem even with a medical professional. This type of behavior must be eradicated in order to deal with the problem that prevents us from enjoying a healthy sexual life and more.