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  • midlifelove 10:49 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: die sooner, falls, , low testosterone, muscle mass, , testosterone therapy,   

    Lower Testosterone Equals More Falls 

    herbal igniteIn sports, testosterone shots or creams are supposed to be magic bullets that spur athletes to train harder, run or bicycle more quickly, jump higher, swim faster, hit a baseball farther, recover sooner, and, let’s not forget, increased sex drive and combativeness.

    Testosterone injections can make male rats more aggressive in marking their territories, cause castrated red deer to grow antlers, and induce female rhesus monkeys to screech like males. In studies on humans, testosterone injections have increased and strengthened muscles.

    Now research has shown men 65 years and older with low testosterone have more falls than men of similar age with higher levels of the sex hormone.

    Researchers think this might be because low testosterone levels also lead to impaired vision, muddled thinking and poor coordination, according to a study by the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. The research found men with the lowest testosterone levels had a 40 per cent higher risk of falling.

    Die Sooner Too

    The study involved 2,587 men aged 65 to 99 starting in 2000 and continuing to March of 2005. Their testosterone levels were checked through a blood test, their grip strength, leg power and balance ability were recorded and every four months they reported whether they had fallen.

    Testosterone decline is a normal part of aging in men. The doctors noted that previous studies have shown that older men with reduced testosterone who got shots of testosterone experienced an increase in muscle mass and strength.

    Older men with low levels of the hormone testosterone may die sooner than other men their age with normal testosterone levels, another study suggests. But no “cause-and-effect” link has been established to justify testosterone supplementation, the professionals say.

    Regain Youth with Testosterone

    Researchers found that among 794 generally healthy older men, those with the lowest testosterone levels were 40 percent more likely to die within the 1985-2004 study period.

    “Like women on hormone replacement therapy, many older men are turning to testosterone therapy to regain some of what has been lost physically and mentally in the aging process,” said Dr. Eric Orwoll, a professor of medicine at the Oregon school.

    “These results validate the need for more research on this trend in treatment for men in the advanced years of life.”

    Testosterone in Herbal Products

    The herb tribulus terrestris has been shown in clinical trials in Europe to naturally build testosterone levels in men when taken as a dietary supplement. If you want to give testosterone levels a boost but don’t want to resort to injections, this in one option to consider.  Herbal Products like Herbal Ignite have been used with success by thousands of men to  increase testosterone levels and with them, enjoy the benefits including better sexual performance and higher energy levels. For more information see http://www.herbalignite.com.usa.

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  • midlifelove 5:27 am on August 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: andropause, , , , , herbal supplements, low hormone, low testosterone, 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 4:11 am on July 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bicycling, , , Dr Irwin Goldstein, , Kate Hudson, , , low testosterone, natural herbal supplement, Olsen twins, penile numbness, , Sheryl Crow, ,   

    Lance Armstrong’s Low Libido 

    Seven times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong says he’s no sex champion – even though he’s recently announced the birth of his fourth child, son Max (“20 inches long, 7lbs 5oz, Mommy healthy and so am I”) on Twitter.

    In the three years he was “retired” from professional cycling Lance made a name for himself as a celebrity skirt chaser, leaving his wife and the mother of his three children for singer Sheryl Crow, then breaking up with her three months into their engagement to go on and date actress Kate Hudson and one of the Olsen twins, before setting up with Max’s mother Anna Hansen.

    But in an interview with the Men’s Journal he says he really doesn’t understand why chicks dig him. He says he is sure it isn’t his sex drive!

    “I had sex if I had the energy. I wasn’t one of those guys who believed in the myths about the guy losing his chi. The fact is that if you are riding your bike six, seven hours a day, you are not a sex champion. You’re just not. You have fatigue, low testosterone, and a lower libido. But you know, I never got any complaints.”

    Does Cycling Cause Impotence?

    Clearly the athlete who contested his eighth Tour de France this year and who is promising to be back in 2010 hasn’t yet been struck with the ‘cyclist’s curse’ of impotence predicted by prominent urologist Dr Irwin Goldstein in Bicycling Magazine a few years ago.

    Dr Goldstein got plenty of attention with his claim that “There are two kinds of cyclists: those who are impotent and those who will be.” The jury is still out on whether Lance has anything to worry about, because there have been no qualified or scientifically acceptable studies carried out on the link between impotence and bicycling.

    Sure, there is plenty of anecdotal and clinical evidence to confirm that long-term or endurance cycling causes numbness and discomfort in the genital region, but does that equate to long-term cycling impotence?

    A survey conducted on participants in a Norwegian endurance bike race found that 20% of the competitors reported penile numbness lasting from a few minutes to a day or more following the event and that 13% of competitors reported temporary impotence.

    Manufacturers are currently experimenting with new saddles to reduce pressure and give more support.

    Treatment for Cycling Impotence

    If you’ve noticed a decline in sexual performance – or like Lance you are feeling the effects of fatigue, low testosterone and lowered libido – there are a range of options you can consider from pharmaceuticals like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra to natural herbal supplements like Herbal Ignite (http://www.herbalignite.com) containing tribulus terrestris to boost testosterone. And in the meantime, until more hard evidence surfaces, you’ll be healthier getting on your bike and giving yourself a good cardio workout, than keeping off it because of fear of impotence.

     
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