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  • midlifelove 10:33 am on January 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cancer symptoms men ignore, , fatigue, , 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 9:12 am on September 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ABC, bipolar disorder, Black Dog Institute, country music, Cronulla Sharks, , fatigue, football, Gold Coast Titans, grunge rock, hostility, Mat Rogers, music and mood, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, , sadness, Soundgarden, Steve Rogers, suicide, , University of New South Wales, V for victory, Wallabies, Winston Churchill   

    Is Your Music Depressing You? 

    Music has an amazing ability to affect our moods for good and bad, sometimes without us realising it. Listen to Nirvana, Pearl Jam or Soundgarden and it’s likely you’ll encourage feelings of hostility, sadness, tension and fatigue, while repressing impulses for caring, relaxation, mental clarity and vigour. That’s what research shows grunge rock does.

    And it seems “depressing” country music has a lot to answer for.  A study which compared suicide rates in US cities with the proportion of country music played on the radio showed the higher the amount of country music played, the higher the suicide rate amongst white people.

    The authors suggest that country music may “nurture a suicidal mood through its concerns with problems common in the suicidal population, such as marital discord, alcohol abuse, and alienation from work”*.

    What Music Makes You Sad or Happy?

    That’s why researchers at the University of New South Wales, in association with the Black Dog Institute, are interested in finding out how people use music to manage their mood – and they’d like your help.

    Their on-line survey aims to evaluate whether people use music to manage their mood in various day to day situations; also whether people’s music choice varies according to their personality type and when they are depressed.

    Aussie Men At Risk

    Four times as many Australian men as women commit suicide. And like rugby league legend Steve Rogers, they may be the ones you’d least expect to want to make an early exit.

    Steve Rogers, father of former Wallaby and now Gold Coast Titans rugby league player Mat Rogers, appeared to “have it all” – the dream sporting career as one of the most outstanding Australian footballers of all time, then a successful business life as boss of his old team Sydney’s Cronulla Sharks to follow. A close friend reported that the night before he took his own life, the 51-year-old appeared “more than content, he seemed exuberant. “

    Said Mat Rogers in an ABC programme at the time: “As a person of his stature and as a public figure he found it really hard to talk about his problems with other people which therefore exacerbated the problem.”

    Taming the Black Dog

    That’s something The Black Dog Institute wants to change. ‘Black dog’ was the term Britain’s Wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill coined for depression – his own depression, and the logo for the institute plays on Churchill’s Second World War ‘V’ for victory sign.

    The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder attached to the Prince of Wales Hospital and affiliated with the University of New South Wales.

    *Jim Gundlach, J. – author, Steven Stack (1992) The Effect of Country Music on Suicide. Social Forces. 71(1): 211.

  • midlifelove 5:27 am on August 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: andropause, , , fatigue, , herbal supplements, low hormone, , male hormones, , memory loss, , mood swings, puberty in reverse, ,   

    Was Michael Jackson In Male Menopause? 

    michael-jacksonMichael Jackson might have wanted to be Peter Pan, forever young, but was the irony of his death that he was going through male menopause?

    That’s the theory advanced by two Beverly Hills anti-aging consultants to explain the common symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia and fatigue that led to his reliance on prescription drugs.

    Karen Norris and Eve Michaels of the Simply Ageless 41 clinic suggest the 50-year-old singer may well have been rejuvenated with hormone therapy, with no need for the drugs which eventually killed him.

    “Michael has been painted this dark, troubled soul, a fragile spirit, even a drug addict,” says Norris, who authors a weekly online magazine at the SimplyAgeless411 website. “No one seems to have considered that he could have been suffering from symptoms of male menopause. The sad part is that it can easily be treated if you get to the right doctor.”

    Puberty In Reverse

    Male menopause – clinically diagnosed as andropause – is still a controversial idea for some doctors, but there seems little doubt some men suffer noticeably from symptoms associated with low levels of testosterone and other hormones as they age.

    Common symptoms include chronic fatigue, mood swings, depression, anxiety, memory loss, among others. Though symptoms vary they usually begin in the 30s and become significant between the ages of 45 and 60.

    Board certified physician Ryan Stanton, MD, is a hormone specialist based in Beverly Hills, and a frequent contributor and advisor to SimplyAgeless411 subscribers-only “ezine.” insists male menopause is very much a genuine medical problem that requires diagnosis and treatment.

    “It’s sometimes called ‘puberty in reverse’ but that makes it seem like a mid-life crisis and diminishes the serious affects it can have on a man’s physical and emotional well-being,” Dr. Stanton says. “To think that it’s just a phase that will eventually pass and not seek treatment for it can be dangerous.”

    Low Testosterone Regimen

    Low hormone levels of thyroid, cortisol and testosterone are easily treated through a regimen of tablets and gels applied to the skin. For most men, the results are dramatic and immediate.

    Anti aging consultant Karen Norris says a standard blood test doesn’t screen all of your hormone levels and will not reveal the full scope of a man’s hormonal profile.

    Testosterone can also be stimulated by herbal supplements like tribulus terrestris found in natural health supplements like Herbal Ignite.micheal

  • midlifelove 3:08 am on July 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: andrology, anecdotal, better mood, , china, diabetic, , , fatigue, gmp, heart rate, less fatigue, , metabolism, nitric oxide, oxygen, penile, , stimulate nerve ending   

    Caffeine and Your Sex Life 

    love coffeeWe drink around 4.4kgs each of it a year – that’s around 3 cups a day – and at those levels your mid morning coffee break is probably good for your health.

    It stimulates the nerve endings so gives a better mood, less fatigue, clearer thinking and better attention. Your metabolism speeds up, heart rate increases, bringing more oxygen to the muscles and generating more energy.

    But what about your sex life? There’s a confusing range of opinion about the impact caffeine has on sexual performance, from anecdotal forum comment from men saying they notice a distinct improvement when they drink less coffee, to recent research indicating  that for diabetic men in particular, a daily cup of coffee or two can improve sex by making diabetic medicines work more effectively.

    The secret it seems is in the level of consumption – below five cups a day it can be beneficial. Down five or more cups a day and you’ll be in danger of putting your sex life into reverse.

    Coffee for Diabetic Men’s Sex Lives

    Erectile dysfunction (ED) impacts between 35 to 75% of all male diabetic patients, three times the amount reported in non-diabetic males.

    While medications have been developed for ED, diabetic ED remains difficult to treat and no single treatment has proven effective for all diabetic men with ED.

    But a new joint Chinese-American study showing caffeine reversed ED in diabetic rats is giving new hope for a better love life for diabetic men.

    How Coffee Helped Improve Sex

    Erections are created by blood flow to the penis, and are dependent on what scientists refer to as the “NOcGMP pathway” (the Nitric Oxide pathway). In diabetic men, relaxation of penile arteries – allowing blood flow – is severely constricted.

    ED has most often been treated with medicines that act as inhibitors to prevent constriction, and because caffeine is a non-selective inhibitor, scientists in this study hypothesized that caffeine could help elevate cGMP and reduce constriction.

    Diabetic rats given caffeine for 8 weeks enjoy partially restored erectile function, and scientists predict a combination of caffeine and medication offers future treatment hopes.

    As a result of the study, the scientists gave a big tick to moderate coffee consumption – but warned that high levels (500mg – or more than five cups a day) could have negative effects such as impaired sleep and increased anxiety, both well-known factors in ED.

    Herbs for Sexual Performance

    Coffee is not the only natural stimulant which effects constriction and relaxation of blood supply to the penis. The so-called PDE-5 inhibitors – found in herbs like horny goat weed – operate in a similar way. Some herbal treatments for erectile dysfunction like Herbal Ignite contain horny goat weed as part of their formula. Etc etc – Sam can you improve this a bit?

    “Effect of Caffeine on Erectile Function Via Up-Regulating Cavernous cGMP in Diabetic Rats” appeared in the April 17, 2008 edition of the Journal of Andrology, published by the Department of Urology, Affiliated Drum Tower Hospital, Nanjing University, School of Medicine, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China ,and the University of Texas Medical School’s Department of Urology and MD. Anderson Cancer Center, both in Houston. Contributors included Run Wang, MD, FACS and Yutian Dai, MD, PhD with Rong Yang, Jiuling Wang, Yun Chen, and Zeyu, Sun.

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