Higher Death Risk in Men With Lower Testosterone Levels
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The lower a man’s testosterone level, the higher his risk of death — especially death from heart disease.The finding comes from a study of British men aged 40 to 79 by University of Cambridge gerontologist Kay-Tee Khaw, MBBCh, and colleagues.
“The men with lower testosterone levels had an increased risk of dying from any cause, but most particularly of cardiovascular disease,” Khaw tells WebMD. “We looked at cancer, too, and found no evidence of a link to cancer with higher testosterone levels.”
Nearly 12,000 men enrolled in the long-term study from 1993 to 1997. More than 800 of the men died by 2003; Khaw compared these men’s testosterone levels to those of some 1,500 living study participants.
There is mounting evidence suggesting that diet can have a protective or destructive effect on the brain. In a study published in the June issue of the Archives of Neurology, investigators showed that healthy, cognitively intact older adults who stuck to a low-saturated-fat, low-glycemic-index diet experienced decreases in levels of β-amyloid 42 in cerebrospinal fluid. β-Amyloid 42 is a marker that has been associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
In healthy adults, the high- saturated fat diet increased β-amyloid levels, and increased concentrations of F2-isoprostane,a marker of oxidative stress.
The authors conclude that a diet like the Mediterranean-style diet seems to have a protective effect, and consuming a lot of saturated fat and sugar appears to place patients at greater risk.
Another recent study published in the February issue of Archives of Neurology demonstrated further potential benefits of diet with respect to the brain. This study looked at the amount of white matter hyper-intensity in MRI’s of the brain. These hyper intensities are signs of small vessel disease in the brain, which is one of the causes of stroke, dementia and cognitive impairment.
They found that subjects who more closely followed a mediterranean diet had lower amounts of these hyper-intense areas. This suggests that a Mediterranean diet will offer protective affects against the development of stroke, dementia and cognitive impairment.
A Mediterranean diet is rich in vegetables, legumes,fruits and healthy fats and low in dairy products, red meat and processed meats. this diet is also a low-glycemic-index diet which provides additional health benefits.
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Fatigue is a significant problem in our modern society. Up to 30% of adolescents and many more adults have been diagnosed with fatigue. Many carry a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, a poorly understood syndrome without clear diagnostic criteria. The most disturbing thing is that we are likely causing these fatigue syndromes with our choices of diet and lifestyle. Indeed less than 75% of patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue have another medical diagnosis or concern as the cause. I will discuss some of the possible causes of chronic fatigue and how an anti aging medicine approach can help.
Diet and Fatigue
The modern diet features a high percentage of carbohydrates, particularly high glycemic index carbohydrates. The glycemic index describes how quickly your body breaks a particular carbohydrate down into sugars. The higher the index, the more quickly this occurs.Read More»