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  • midlifelove 12:06 am on February 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beam radiation therapy, Dr Richard Valicenti, , radiation treatment, sex life after cancer, sex life good after cancer, sex life normal two years later   

    Radiation for Prostate Cancer Won’t Hurt Sex 

    If a man’s sex life was strong and happy before being he got prostate cancer, it’s likely it will return to similar good levels within two years of radiation treatment for prostate cancer.

    That’s the conclusion to be drawn from a new study on how sex is affected by the effects of prostate radiation treatments.

    While sex is likely to decrease over the first two years after treatment, it then stabilizes, according to US research reported by UPI.

    Satisfaction Four Years Later

    Researchers at the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and University of California, Davis, School of Medicine evaluated 143 prostate cancer patients receiving external beam radiation therapy who completed baseline data on sexual function before treatment and at follow-up visits.

    Senior author Dr. Richard Valicenti of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, said patients were analyzed on sexual drive, erectile function, ejaculatory function and overall satisfaction for a median time of about four years.

    Past Performance Best Predictor

    The study authors found the strongest predictor of sexual function after treatment was sexual function before treatment and the only statistically significant decrease in function occurred in the first two years after treatment — and function then stabilized with no significant changes thereafter.

    The findings are published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics.

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  • midlifelove 12:19 am on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , boosts Vit D., cod liver oil, mackerel, salmon, sardines, , sunbathing, sunscreens, sunshine, , tuna, Vit D, Vitamin D   

    Sunshine boosts sex drive 

    The idea of taking a break in the Caribbean sun to rejuvenate your sex life isn’t just an escapist fantasy, according to new research.

    An hour of sunbathing can boost a man’s testosterone levels – and his sex drive – by 69 per cent, European researchers reported in the Daily Telegraph have found.

    Sunshine is vital to boosting Vitamin D levels, and the new study shows Vitamin D is essential for good testosterone levels.

    Stimulated by UV radiation, 90 per cent of Vitamin D in the body is produced by the skin, although it can be found in cold water fish like tuna and salmon, and in cod liver oil.

    And while sunscreens with a sun protection factor of 8 or greater will block UV rays that produce Vitamin D, but it is still important to routinely use sunscreen whenever sun exposure is longer than 10 to 15 minutes.

    Testosterone Fluctuates With Sunshine

    Researchers at the Medical University of Graz in Austria found men with more Vitamin D per millilitre of blood had much more of the main male sexual hormone circulating than those with less.

    And the average amount of testosterone over the course of the year was subject to the same fluctuations as the Vitamin D level.

    Both decrease from October – at the beginning of the winter months – and reach their lowest level in March because of the weaker solar radiation during this period.

    Not Enough Sun

    Season, latitude, time of day, cloud cover, smog, and sunscreens affect UV ray exposure, so if you live somewhere with little sun, it is especially important to include good sources of Vitamin D in your food.

    In Boston – for example – the average amount of sunlight is insufficient to produce significant Vitamin D synthesis in the skin from November through February.

    Ad Brand, spokesman of the Sunlight Research Forum in Veldhoven in the Netherlands, said: “Men who ensure their body is at least sufficiently supplied with Vitamin D are doing good for their testosterone levels and their libido among other things.”

    Best Foods For Vit D

    While sunshine is the most effective Vitamin D source, it can also be obtained by eating fatty fish –cold water varieties like salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines, by taking cod liver oil, eggs, beef liver, or UV irradiated mushrooms.

    Foods like cereals and milk are now routinely fortified with Vit D.

    Testosterone is the most important male sexual hormone. In males it is mainly responsible for the development of the sex organs, the formation and maintenance of the typical male sexual characteristics, sperm production and the controlling of male desire.

     
  • midlifelove 3:28 am on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 6 cups of coffee a day, aggressive cancer affected most, , decaf as good, , Kathryn M Wilson, , survival rates improved   

    Coffee To Beat Prostate Cancer 

    Having a few more cups of coffee can reduce a man’s risk of dying of prostate cancer, a new study indicates.

    While the case for coffee as a preventative for prostate cancer is far from proven, results show a definite link, particularly with aggressive forms of cancer, US News reports.

    “I wouldn’t recommend that people change their coffee-drinking habits based on this study,” said Kathryn M. Wilson, a research fellow in epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and lead author of one report. “But if you like coffee, there is no compelling reason to cut back at this point.”

    Aggressive Cancer Affected Most

    Data collected on 50,000 men showed nearly 10 per cent (4975) were diagnosed with prostate cancer in the 20 years from 1986 to 2006.

    But only 846 of those cancers were life-threatening. And while the study found just a weak relationship between consumption of six or more cups of coffee a day and a reduced risk of all forms of prostate cancer (down about 19 percent), the reduction for the aggressive form was much more marked — 41 percent.

    And there was a clear relationship between the amount of coffee consumed and prostate cancer risk, Wilson said: “The more coffee you drank, the more effect we saw.”

    Decaf Works Just As Well

    The caffeine in coffee doesn’t seem to be the link, since the same reduction was seen for consumption of decaffeinated coffee, she said.

    Instead, “it has something to do with insulin and glucose metabolism,” Wilson said. “A number of studies have found that coffee is associated with a reduced risk of diabetes.”

    This study is just a starting point for establishing a relationship between coffee and prostate cancer, Wilson stressed.

    “We hope that this study drives more research so that we really know what is going on.”

     
  • midlifelove 2:43 am on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: death rate decreased, exercise benefits, , , Stacey A Kenfield, survival rate increased, US News.com,   

    Running Beats Prostate Cancer 

    Three or more hours of physical exercise a week improves survival rates for prostate cancer, a new Harvard study suggests.

    The death rate from prostate cancer for men who exercised vigorously was 12 per cent lower that for those who didn’t, US News reports. Because the study sample was small, it didn’t quite reach statistical significance, says lead author Stacey A. Kenfield, a research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health.

    Nevertheless, “this is the first study to show an effect of physical activity not only on overall survival, but on prostate cancer survival,” she said.

    Boosts Immunity, Reduces Inflammation

    The study looked at the levels of physical activity among 2,686 men in the study who were diagnosed with prostate cancer.

    It found, as many other studies have, that exercise is good for overall health, with a 35 percent lower death rate for men who reported three or more hours a week of vigorous physical activity, such as jogging, biking, swimming or playing tennis.

    It’s already well known how physical activity reduces overall mortality, Kenfield said. “It affects immune function and reduces inflammation, among the major processes involved. But it’s not clear yet how it is related to prostate cancer and survival.”

     
  • midlifelove 5:08 am on January 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , living alone, men in their 40s and 50s, men living alone, , , solo   

    More Men Living Alone 

    Men in their 40s and 50s are the fastest growing part of Australia’s living-alone population – and according to new research many of them are lonely, struggling, and hoping their solo state is temporary.

    The increase in men alone is due to more never having married, and many more getting divorced but not living with their children, according to a recent Sydney Morning Herald report.

    A survey of 2006 census data, and a related La Trobe University project shows the proportion of people aged 40 to 49 who live on their own has risen 75 per cent from 5.2 per cent to 9.1 per cent.

    Living Alone in Your 40s

    People in their 40s are now more likely to live alone than those in their 20s or 30s.

    Living Alone in Australia, shows that for people under 60, living alone is mainly a male phenomenon, and the men have become older.

    The middle-aged men who were living alone were on average less well-off, less educated and in lower-status jobs compared with middle-aged women living alone, or other men, the paper said.

    They also tended to say they were lonely. ”They are considerably more socially disadvantaged,” researcher Professor David de Vaus said. ”It might be they find it harder to partner, or re-partner.”

    Have Your Say

    Are you living alone, or have you had a period living alone in the past? Which do you prefer? What are the pros and cons of living with someone else? Give us your ideas on what you enjoy the most.  If you’re a man who’s worried about starting a new relationship help is at hand at with a new natural sex enhancer which  could give you a new sense of confidence.

     
    • Poppa John 7:00 pm on January 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I lived with a life partner for 43 years until she died. Living alone stinks. I am sure I will find someone to share my bed but I doubt that I will ever find another person to share my mind. Dont go to church and the person I’m looking for wont be there anyway. Wont find many superior minds in bars so not likely to look there. In the end I’ll settle for the bed being filed and my family, children and grandchildren sharing my mind.

      • midlifelove 12:56 am on February 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        You are so right you will never find another companion who will share your life for 43 years like you last partner. but I wouldn’t be quite so defeatist about never finding someone special again. Why not think about how you can give back to your community in an area you enjoy and are interested in? You just might find someone who shares many of your interests – when you are focusing on needs beyond your own.

  • midlifelove 11:43 pm on January 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , biology doesn't rule, placebo effect, , testosterone research, ultimate game   

    Testosterone: Bad Rep Undeserved 

    It’s been labelled as the “selfish hormone” responsible for “roid rage,” Wall Street greed and other antisocial behaviour. But new research suggests that testosterone’s bad reputation is largely undeserved.

    Far from always increasing aggression and greed, the male hormone can actually encourage decency and fair play, scientists have discovered.

    New Scientist magazine reports women who receive a boost of the potent sex hormone act more generously than women on a placebo.

    As You Think, You Do

    But the hormone’s reputation seemed to precede itself. Those who suspected they had received bona fide testosterone acted more selfishly than those who believed they got the bogus treatment, no matter what they actually received.

    It seems because people think testosterone will make them more assertive, they often act that way in a placebo effect. In reality, the researchers found, testosterone pushes men and women to seek higher status.

    The Anglo-Swiss researchers used the ‘ultimatum bargaining’ game to test how testosterone would affect behaviour in a group of 121 women.

    Fairness Best in Some Situations

    The subjects who were given testosterone supplements in fact made much fairer offers in the ultimatum game than those given a placebo, suggesting that the hormone does not promote aggression in these circumstances, but co-operation.

    The results support the idea that testosterone promotes status-seeking, and that this can encourage or discourage aggression depending on the circumstances.

    Biology “Doesn’t Always Rule”

    In the ultimatum game, an unfair offer risks damaging a person’s status and reputation if it is rejected, so co-operative strategies are favoured. But in situations of conflict, as in prisons, a more aggressive and risky strategy may pay off.

    Researchers suggest the findings support the idea that no hormone should be labelled “good” or “bad,” because while animal behaviour might be ruled by hormones, human behaviour is far more complex and biology does not always rule.

     
  • midlifelove 11:22 pm on January 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: More magazine, sexual conquests, Susan Toepfer, , Warren Beatty   

    Flaunting Flings Not Cool 

    It’s official: Having over 10,000 sexual conquests has gone from having an “oooh!” factor to having an “ewww!” factor.

    So says columnist Susan Toepfer at More.com about a new Warren Beatty biography which claims the actor slept with 13,000 women – still thousands short of NBA great Wilt Chamberlain who bragged in his autobiography A View From Above that he slept with 20,000 women.

    “Tedious” Tally

    But far from seeing it as something to boast about, 72-year-old father-of-four Beatty issued an immediate denial through his lawyer, describing the book as “tedious and boring.”

    Apparently, flaunting your flings is no longer cool, when you’ve been married to Annette Bening for 17 years and have three daughters, writes Toepfer.

    Devoted To Family

    Beatty’s reign as Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor came to an end when he clapped eyes on his elegant Bugsy co-star,  and he said ‘I do’ for the first time at 53, marrying Bening two months after the birth of their first child.

    “I was never divided on the subject with Annette,” the Independent quotes Beatty as saying. “I was never divided on the subject of having a child.

    “And I was never divided on the subject of her integrity or intelligence or capacity to love.

    “I think talent is energy and, let’s just say, she’s very talented! See, I think that there’s something in the unconscious that is the iceberg, and then there’s the tip of the iceberg, that’s the conscious. And when I met Annette, I thought, ‘Oh, I see’.”

    Rake Reformed

    Of course promiscuity is still alive and well – Tiger Woods is testimony to that. But Beatty, happily wed for nearly two decades and by all accounts devoted to his family, has changed.

    With a wealth of experience between the sheets to go on, he declared monogamous sex best. And in keeping with the discovery, the serial boyfriend showered affection on whoever was on his arm, rather than simply adding them to the countless notches on his bedpost.

    Said one of his lovers, Goldie Hawn: “Maybe he loved too many women in his early days but it wasn’t all about sexuality. It was about tenderness.

    “Warren by nature is a caretaker. Yes, he’s maddening. Yes, he’s stubborn. But the bottom line is the nature of that animal is good. His intentions are pure.”

    Perhaps that’s the difference between Beatty and Woods. While one never had any incriminating “sex tapes” or on-the –make porn stars peddling stories of time between the sheets, Tiger’s personal life has become a national joke despite his own monastic silence.

    No nasty stories. No tell-all revelations to tabloids, or calendars like the one in the NY Post of “Tiger’s Babes,” or embarrassingly “wise-after-the-event” cover story in Vanity Fair.

    Is it because being a roaming Lothario when you’re a single “hot” Bad Boy is one thing. Cheating on your wife and young children with a string of synthetic “hostesses” is seen as something entirely different?

    What do you think? Let us know.

     
  • midlifelove 10:18 am on January 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bladder cancer, changes in the skin, difficulty swallowing, , excessive bruising, kidney cancer, lung cancer, men ignore, persistent cough, top ten cancer signs   

    Ten Cancer Warning Signs Men Ignore: Nos 6 – 10 

    Ignoring early warning signs can mean the difference between life and death when it comes to detecting and treating cancer.

    And men sadly, are much less likely than women to get themselves checked by their doctor, so are dying unnecessarily of treatable illness by leaving it too late.

    For the first five, check out Top Ten Cancer Symptoms Men Ignore Nos 1 – 5

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 6: Persistent Cough

    Lung cancer is the second most common – and the most deadly – cancer in men, and no persistent cough which may be an indicator should be ignored.

    The symptoms of lung cancer may include:

    • Having a cough most of the time
    • A change in a cough you have had for a long time
    • Being short of breath
    • Coughing up phlegm (sputum) with signs of blood in it
    • An ache or pain when breathing or coughing

    Coughs are expected, of course, with colds, the flu, and allergies. They are also sometimes a side effect of a medication. But a very prolonged cough — defined as lasting more than three or four weeks – needs investigation.

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 7: Difficulty Swallowing

    Swallowing difficulties can be a sign of several cancers, including pharynx and throat cancer, the eighth most in men.

    Some men may report trouble swallowing but then learn to live with it, by changing their diet to a more liquid one over time.

    If you are having difficulties swallowing, see your doctor.

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 8: Changes in the Skin

    The sixth most common cancer in men is melanoma or skin cancer, and the ninth most common, leukemia, also can cause excessive bruising, so any change in skin appearance needs investigation.

    Most experts advise not to leave it any longer than a few weeks to get a change in skin condition checked; don’t let it go on for months.

    You should be alert to not only changes in moles — a well-known sign of potential skin cancer — but also changes in skin pigmentation, says Mary Daly, MD. Daly is an oncologist and head of the department of clinical genetics at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 9: Blood Where It Shouldn’t Be

    If you notice blood anywhere it normally should not be – in urine, bowel motions, or from spitting – you should get it urgently checked out. It might just be hemorrhoids (piles) but it could also be a sign of one of the common cancers like cancer of the colon/rectum (3rd most common), bladder or kidney cancer.

    Studies suggest that the average duration of symptoms (from onset to diagnosis) is 14 weeks. There is no association between overall duration of symptoms and the stage of your tumor.

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 10: Indigestion

    A lot of guys, especially as they get older, think “heart attack” when they get bad indigestion, even if they’ve just eaten and drunk their way through a marathon Super Bowl viewing. But persistent indigestion could point to cancer of the esophagus, throat, or stomach and should be reported to your doctor.

    Your doctor will take a careful history and ask questions about the indigestion episodes. Based on the history and your answers to the questions, the doctor will decide what tests are needed.

    As the pancreatic cancer (the tenth most common in men) is associated with digestive system, it sometimes causes symptoms that are common in other digestive system upsets.

     
  • midlifelove 10:33 am on January 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cancer symptoms men ignore, , , , leukemia, lymph nodes, non Hodgkins lymphoma, top ten cancer symptoms, unexplained weight loss,   

    Top Ten Cancer Symptoms Men Ignore 

    Recent research shows men who live with women have better health, because their “dearly beloved” nags them into going to the doctor when something is wrong. That’s the good news.

    The bad news is men are much more reluctant than women to front up and seek help when they sense bodily discomfort or early warning signs.

    And ignoring those early warning signs can mean the difference between life and death when it comes to detecting and treating cancer.

    Whether it is changes in your normal digestion, an undetected rise in PSA levels in the blood, or undiagnosed pain, it’s important to check out anything unusual and get regular checkups.

    The Most Common Warning Signs Nos 1 – 5:

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 1: Urinary Problems

    The most common cancer in men is prostate cancer, while cancer of the bladder is the fourth most common.

    Prostate cancer frequently does not produce any symptoms until the condition is quite advanced.  Often it is diagnosed incidentally after treatment is sought for problems with urinary function.
    Common symptoms include:

    • Decreased force of the urine stream
    • Pain and/or difficulty when passing urine.
    • Passing urine more frequently (especially at night).
    • Blood in the urine.
    • Inability to pass urine (this can occur as the cancer enlarges, blocking the urethra).

    Bladder cancer also causes urinary problems, namely:

    • Pain during urination
    • Frequent urination
    • Feeling the need to urinate without results.

    If you have some of these symptoms, there is no need to panic, as many of them are similar to those of benign (non-cancerous) prostate conditions.

    You do need to get yourself checked out though, to ensure your PSA levels are not too high, or that there is no other more serious underlying problem.

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 2: Pain

    As they age, people often complain of more aches and pains. But pain, as vague as it may be, can be an early symptom of some cancers, although most pain complaints are not from cancer.

    Any pain that persists, according to the American Cancer Society, should be checked out by your physician. The doctor can take a careful history, get more details, and then decide whether further testing is necessary, and if so what kind.

    If it’s not cancer, you will still benefit from the visit. That’s because the doctor can work with you to find out what’s causing the pain and help you know what to do about it.

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 3: Changes in the Lymph Nodes

    Several cancers, including the fifth most common in men, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, can be diagnosed by changes in lymph nodes.

    If you notice a lump or swelling in the lymph nodes under your armpit or in your neck — or anywhere else — it could be a reason for concern.

    Your doctor will examine you and figure out any associated issues that could explain the lymph node enlargement, such as infection. If there is no infection, a doctor will typically order a biopsy.

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 4: Fever or Fatigue

    Several common cancers, including kidney cancer (seventh most common in men) and non Hodgkins lymphoma can be picked up by general signs like fever, sweats, and vague feelings of fatigue.

    Both fatigue and fever occur after the cancer has spread from its original site and invaded another part of the body.

    Both can also occur with leukemia, or with some colon or stomach cancers, according to the American Cancer Society.

    It’s best not to ignore extreme tiredness or a fever that can’t be explained. Check with your doctor to find out what might be causing it and if anything needs to be done.

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 5: Unexplained Weight Loss

    We’re not talking about a few pounds lost from a stepped up exercise program or to eating less because of a busy schedule. If a man loses more than 10% of his body weight in a short time period such as a matter of weeks, it’s time to see the doctor.

    Like fever and fatigue, it’s another vague symptom that can indicate all is not well. The sooner the source of the loss is identified, the better.

     
  • midlifelove 10:28 am on January 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: confirmed bachelor, Elizabeth Hurley, , , Jemima Khan, , , turns 50   

    Do Old Bachelors Marry? 

    Hollywood bachelor Hugh Grant is having nightmares about turning 50.

    The Bridget Jones Diaries actor –who famously long-term dated actress-model Elizabeth Hurley and socialite Jemima Khan but never married either of them – fears time is running out for him to get married and have children.

    Hugh – who turns 50 on September 9, 2010 – told Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper: “It’s not a good number 50, and we all have age terrors sometimes in the middle of the night.

    Men’s Biological Clock Ticking

    “I think I might have made a sort of pact with the devil in which I think I can have fun now and sort everything later. But then he comes back and says, ‘Times up and I’m taking you to hell as you’re going to be a lonely, sad old man.'”

    Like many bachelors in their 40s, Hugh still savours fantasies of being a great Dad. He says he’s good with his nieces and nephews and “I have no doubt that I’d be a marvellous father.”

    Research shows men in their 40s do feel the biological time clock ticking, dream of having children, and they almost unanimously pictured themselves as fathers of sons, doing active male things – fishing, kicking ball.

    Chances are though, even with those dreams of fatherhood, if he’s over 40 and never been married, he’ll stay that way.

    Less Likely Older Man Is

    Dr Charles Waehler, author of Bachelors: the Psychology of Men Who Haven’t Married, says his

    research showed:

    • The chances of a 35 year-old man who has never been married, to marry is 50/50.
    • After 40, the likelihood that a never hitched man will marry, drops to 1 in 5.
    • These bachelors tend to be only children or only sons and/or men whose parents married later in life.

    Relating Style That Isolates

    Dr. Waehler found that confirmed bachelors are not woman-haters, they are not fixated on a parent, and they are not workaholics or wild playboys.

    Rather, they relate to people in ways that end up isolating them.

    Dr. Waehler said everyone has styles of behavior to help them cope with the anxieties that relationships can produce.

    Bachelors exhibit three defense mechanisms — avoidance, isolation and distortion — that keep other people at arm’s length. By staying single, the bachelors prevent these defense mechanisms from being challenged, he said.

    Fatherhood Might Make Them Marry

    The most important reason these men had for marrying was that if they waited much longer, they wouldn’t be able to be active fathers.

    So women: if you meet a man in his forties who tells you he’s eager to have a son so he can do those male-bonding things, know that these things are very important to him, and they’ll dramatically increase his readiness to marry.

    Otherwise, the chances of tying him down are not high.

    “If you get involved with a never-married middle-aged man, don’t expect him to change,” says Dr. Waehler. “If you both value independence, it might be okay,” he said. “But if you want marriage, stay away.”

    As for Hugh, time will tell just how important those kids are to him. And it goes without saying, he’ll be marrying someone significantly younger than himself to be able to have those adorable children.  But that’s a whole other story!

     
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